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Turkey Salad Lettuce Wraps

I’m slowly starting to resurface after a week in Texas for Thanksgiving.

It was my first Thanksgiving with Adam’s family and it was wonderful, although I’m 99.6% sure that I’m flying back to San Francisco fifteen pounds heavier from all the banana puddin’, green bean casserole, turkey, ham, pumpkin roll, baked beans, lima beans, rolls, stuffing, Dr. Pepper and sweet tea in my system. If four-wheeling was considered adequate exercise, I’d be pretty fit right now. Heh. And if you’ve never driven a four-wheeler through the woods late at night looking for baby raccoons then you might want to give it a try. It’s pretty darn fun.

If you’re feeling a just a tad bloated like I am right n0w, these little lettuce wraps are just the thing. I think I posted a similar recipe last year, but I just love how easy and delicious homemade turkey salad is. And lettuce wraps? The perfect post-Thanksgiving meal option to combat that black friday bloat and get you fitting in those new jeans in record time.

I make my turkey salad in a very simple way, using just mayonnaise {the real stuff}, slivered almonds, grapes and salt and pepper. It’s the best and is one of Adam’s favorite lunches.

Enjoy the crazy masses at the mall today, if that’s your thing. I’ll enjoy the long airport security lines, celebrity gossip magazines and unsweet iced tea.

Have a great holiday weekend, friends! I love y’all.

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

serves 2-4

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2 1/2 cups leftover roasted turkey, chopped or shredded

1/2 cup mayonnaise

pinch of salt

pinch of pepper

handful of red grapes, sliced

1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

head of iceberg lettuce for wrapping


Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. To serve, place about a quarter cup of salad in a large iceberg lettuce leaf. Enjoy!


10 minutes

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  • Astasigrun
    November 23, 2012 at 3:26 am

    I’m sorry this may be a ridiculous question but what is the orange-y bits in the wrap:) I thought it might be cheddar or even carrots.

    • jenna
      November 23, 2012 at 4:08 am

      Not a silly question at all! That’s just the slivered almonds πŸ™‚

      • Astasigrun
        November 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm

        Aaah of course! Thanks and all the best from a regular reader in Iceland!:)

  • Jenn
    November 23, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Wouldn’t mayonnaise be heavy for post holiday eating?

    • Astasigrun
      November 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Aaah of course! Thanks and all the best from a regular reader in Iceland!

      • Astasigrun
        November 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm

        Sorry, wrong post:)

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    November 23, 2012 at 4:58 am

    These sound awesome Jenna, and the perfect light lunch after a day of Thanksgiving feasting! I made an Asian-inspired version recently with ground turkey and am totally making it again this weekend. I’m glad you had a great Thanksgiving with Adam’s family! πŸ™‚

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    November 23, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Leftover turkey? It’s 7am and I am eating your potato walnut rolls with breakfast. Yumm.

  • Lauren
    November 23, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Ah, too funny! I just did a news segment last night using this exact same idea! Great minds think alike! πŸ™‚

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    November 23, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Mmm love chicken salad, but never though to use turkey!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    November 23, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Um, yes please! I love turkey / chicken salad. I’ve never thought of adding slivered almonds – genius! Happy Thanksgiving weekend Jenna!

  • Tami@nutmegnotebook
    November 23, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I was planning on making my favorite rosemary chicken salad with smoked almonds with leftover turkey! Safe travels to you.

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    November 23, 2012 at 7:31 am

    You’re right–lettuce wraps are the perfect way to eat some of the turkey leftovers without over doing it! Plus, it’s so refreshing and the crisp crunch compliments the filling so well. I love it!

  • Urban Wife
    November 23, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Yup, I would say these are the perfect Thanksgiving day-after meal. I think I will sub plain Greek yogurt for the mayo since we don’t like it. Thanks for the recipe! Glad you had a wonderful week & Thanksgiving with Adam’s family. πŸ™‚

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    November 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I love that you used grapes in the salad – my mom always used to do that!

  • Caroline L.
    November 23, 2012 at 10:50 am

    glad you had a wonderful thanksgiving! have a safe flight back home! πŸ™‚

  • rachel
    November 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

    just wanted to say hi! i sent my mom to bookpeople with a spatula in hand for the book signing! she had nothing but great things to say about you πŸ™‚

  • Megan | Eats Daily
    November 23, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Yumm! I make a very similar chicken salad that uses toasted walnuts and grapes. I love the combo – Have a safe trip home!

  • Deva at deva by definition
    November 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Oh this sounds amazing! We don’t have leftover turkey (visited relatives) but we do have chicken! Yum!!!

  • Malkire
    November 24, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Excellent idea for turkey left-overs! I have been trying all varieties of turkey meals (soup, sandwiches, etc.) I like this idea fo salad!

  • jan
    November 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Wow, I really wish I had some turkey leftovers to try this out! Those look amazing. Much better than the plain turkey sandwiches I usually come up with.

  • Sonal
    November 25, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Yep, lettuce wraps is totally what I need right now, I am on a bread overload! Thanks Jenna!

  • Pearl
    November 25, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Hi Jenna, I’ve been reading your blog for years and years. I’ve enjoyed seeing your journey towards an ever more balanced and healthy lifestyle. Please cut the “fat” talk?! I know you don’t say those things seriously, and that most people can take it lightly, but some can’t. I think we’d all be healthier without these self-disparaging remarks. Thanks!

    • Oyster
      November 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

      #shespeakstruth – please do cut the fat talk which comes off as twee and unnecessary.
      This has come up time and again with this blog.

  • Gara
    November 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Jenna, you say whatever you want about feeling fat. I don’t think anyone takes seriously that you gained 15 pounds, and bouncing back with a lighter recipe is just what people need, instead of going on some extreme diet after the holidays.

  • Gara
    November 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    BTW, if you didn’t have grapes, you could also mix in a little leftover cranberry sauce to sweeten this up, don’t you think?

    • Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit
      November 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

      This recipe looks fantastic & I love the Gara’s idea of mixing in a bit of leftover cranberry sauce. πŸ™‚

  • Teri
    November 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Perfect! Just what a low carber that’s a bit off the wagon after the holidays needs – and I even have all the ingredients!

  • Courtney
    November 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Yummy! I made this to tonight for my lunch tomorrow and the little taste I had was amazing!

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