Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Salad Recipe Is My Best Chicken Rice Salad

Turn Chicken Rice salad recipe into Leftover turkey salad recipe

Best Leftover Turkey Salad Recipe Starts with Chicken Rice Salad

Holiday time, you can count on having extra wild rice and Thanksgiving turkey, so turn my Chicken Rice Salad it into the most delicious leftover turkey salad recipe for tomorrow’s dinner by spiking the rice with vivid colors and flavors and toasty crunchy almonds for an undemanding and unforgettable salad.  Rotisserie or grilled chicken works well also.  I usually turn to Too Hot in the Kitchen for my Easy Entertaining chapter., but this fabulous salad makes such a festive favorite.  Remember not to save leftover turkey salad recipes only for the holidays as it will make a wonderful luncheon salad.  If you don’t have leftover turkey, Rotisserie chicken can be used year round.



Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Salad Recipe or Chicken Apricot Rice Salad from Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook

Makes 8 (1-cup) servings.

2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons roasted garlic seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
4 cups cooked wild or brown rice
2 cups chopped boneless skinless cooked chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken
1 cup dried apricots strips (about 6 ounce package)
1/2 cup dried cranberries or mixed berries
1 cup chopped green onions
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

1. In small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, lime juice, oil, honey and ginger; set aside.
2. In large bowl, combine remaining ingredients except almonds. Combine with dressing and refrigerate. When serving, toss with almonds.

Spicy Advice: Use kitchen scissors to cut dried fruit into strips or even cut your Thanksgiving turkey or chicken.

Nutritional information per serving:  Calories 277, Calories from Fat 23%, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 30mg, Sodium 111mg, Carbohydrate 39g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugar 19g, Protein 16g, Diabetic Exchanges: 1.5 starch, 1 fruit, 2 lean meat

Too Hot In The Kitchen Includes My Favorite Turkey Salad Recipe Healthy Easy Recipes
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I know I have a lot of cookbooks but honestly, people who have this Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook say it is their favorites. Probably because the recipes are a little more trendy and the chapters are just so great!

From Easy Entertaining to Quickies–yes, you heard me right! This Turkey/Chicken Apricot Salad recipe is from the Quickies Chapter and besides one of my favorite chicken salad recipes ever, it is quick!

 What To Do With Leftover Turkey Besides My Turkey Salad Recipes

We all look forward to Thanksgiving turkey but I think I look forward to using my leftover turkey recipes. You can always freeze leftover Turkey in freezer bags.  Then, you can pull out for turkey sandwiches at a later time.  However, you can use leftover Thanksgiving turkey for any chicken recipe. I have turned my most popular Chicken Lasagna recipe into a Turkey Lasagna.  Last year on WBRZ morning show, my leftover turkey recipe was my Chicken Tortilla Soup with turkey.  This year I used turkey for my BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe. Here’s more of my healthy leftover turkey recipes.



Kitchen Scissors Are Great For This Chicken Rice Salad To Cut Chicken, Dried Fruit and Green Onion
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Do you have kitchen scissors? If not, kitchen scissors are truly one of my favorite gadgets. I always use them to cut chicken into tenders or to trim chicken. In this recipe, I used them for the dried apricots and to easily snip the green onions.

 They are dishwasher safe and any gadget that helps cut kitchen time is high on my list. I promise you will find so many uses for kitchen scissors from trimming chicken to cutting pizza.

Also, I have a great list of my top silicon kitchen gadgets you will want to see for your kitchen!

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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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