Leftover Turkey Pitas with Fresh Cranberry Salsa
Leftover Turkey Pitas with Fresh Cranberry Salsa are an absolute treat when you’re looking for something fun to make with leftover turkey! These tasty turkey pita sandwiches use My Favorite Low-Carb Pita Bread and Trina’s Fresh Cranberry Salsa!
Yes, I realize you don’t have leftover turkey yet, and you might even still be looking for Thanksgiving Recipes if you haven’t decided what you’re making for the big day. But in the funny world of food blogging, I cooked a turkey breast and a whole turkey last week so I’d have leftover turkey for recipe experiments. That way I can get them posted before Thanksgiving for people to consider when they do have leftover turkey.
And although I’ve made a lot of good things through the years using leftover turkey, these Leftover Turkey Pitas with Fresh Cranberry Salsa made with Trina’s Fresh Cranberry Salsa may have just gone to the front of the line for this year. I made my leftover turkey into a turkey salad mixture to go in the pitas, but if you didn’t want to bother with that turkey + cranberry salsa + pita bread would also taste pretty fantastic! Use Turkey Recipes to find more ideas for leftover turkey.
The hardest part of making this might be making sure you have some of Trina’s Fresh Cranberry Salsa left over from Thanksgiving. (This amazing salsa is one of the things I’m taking to my sister Sandee’s for Thanksgiving this year.)
How to Make Leftover Turkey Pitas with Fresh Cranberry Salsa:
(Scroll down for complete recipe witn nutritional information.)
- Cut up diced leftover turkey into pieces that aren’t too big.
- Chop up a tiny bit of celery and thinly slice some green onion.
- I mixed mayo, celery seed, and just a pinch of dried thyme and dried sage to make a herby mayonnaise for the turkey salad.
- Mix together the diced turkey, celery, green onion, and just enough of the mayo mixture to moisten it.
- Spread about 2 tablespoons of Trina’s Fresh Cranberry Salsa across the bottom of each pita half. (I used My Favorite Low-Carb Pita Bread for this recipe.)
- Then fill the pita with the turkey salad mixture and enjoy!
- I devoured the two pitas you see in this photo in nothing flat immediately after I finished taking the pictures!
More Tasty Ideas with Leftover Turkey:
Leftover Turkey Casserole with Brown Rice and Mushrooms from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Turkey Rice Paper Rolls from White on Rice Couple
Coconut-Lime Turkey (or Chicken) and Rice Soup from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Turkey Enchiladas from Simply Recipes
Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas from Kalyn’s Kitchen
- 2 T + 1 tsp. mayo
- 1/4 tsp. celery seed
- pinch of dried thyme
- pinch of dried sage
Turkey Salad Ingredients
- 1 cup diced leftover turkey (diced fairly small)
- 1/4 cup finely diced celery
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- four whole-wheat pita bread halves
- 1/2 cup Trina’s Fresh Cranberry Salsa
- Stir together the mayo, celery seed, dried thyme, and dried sage and let the flavors blend while you chop the turkey, celery, and green onions.
- Then stir the turkey salad mixture together and season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
- Spread about 2 tablespoons of Trina’s Fresh Cranberry Salsa on the bottom of each pita bread half.
- Stuff the pita with about 3 tablespoons of the turkey salad mixture and enjoy!
I would use my favorite low-carb pita bread for this recipe.
This recipe is difficult to calculate nutritional information because the nutrition calculator doesn't recognize that the pita bread is low in carbs and the Fresh Cranberry Salsa uses a zero-calorie sweetener. I have tried to calculate it manually, but I can't guarantee how accurate it is!
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If they’re made with 100% whole wheat pita bread (or my favorite low-carb pita bread) and light mayo, Leftover Turkey Pitas with Fresh Cranberry Salsa are a great after-Yhanksgiving lunch for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet or other low-glycemic diet plans. You could also eat the turkey salad mixture in a regular sandwich or a wrap as long as they’re made with 100% whole wheat bread or pita bread. This is probably too high in carbs for a traditional low-carb diet.
Find More Recipes Like This One:
Use the Recipes by Diet Type photo index pages to find more recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You might also like to Follow Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest to see all the good recipes I’m sharing there.