Ready in minutes, this festive and flavorful salad — made with tender turkey, sweet apple, nuts, baby kale and a cranberry vinaigrette dressing — is a satisfying way to repurpose Thanksgiving leftovers.
A great way to use up leftovers from your holiday meal, this simple, fall-inspired salad is bursting with a range of cozy, autumnal flavors. Give your meal a whole grain touch by using Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice.
Heat rice according to package directions.
Whisk together vinaigrette and cranberry sauce in a medium bowl until blended. Add rice, kale, turkey, apple and pecans.
Toss until well combined.
Substitute cooked chicken or vegetable-based protein for the turkey, if you prefer.
At Minute® Rice, we’re here to help make it easier for you to eat quality meals even when you’re on the go. This rice salad has it all, from protein, vegetables and hearty, whole grain rice to fruits and nuts! With our Minute® Ready to Serve Rice, which heats up in just 1 minute in the microwave, this salad comes together in 5 minutes, or less.
If you don’t have all of the ingredients for this salad on hand, make this meal work for you! Use whichever Minute® Ready to Serve Rice variety you have. Pick up pre-cooked chicken or turkey, or use leftovers from a previous meal. Feel free to use leafy kale, as we did, or to sub in spinach, Swiss chard or romaine lettuce. You could also swap in walnuts or slivered almonds for the pecans.
Make this salad as a simple meal or make it with your holiday leftovers. This recipe is a great place for repurposed Thanksgiving turkey, cranberry sauce and pecans. You don’t have to settle for the same meal every day. Add this to your list of tasty new recipes that use up those holiday leftovers and your whole family will thank you! Try making Leftover Turkey and Rice Enchiladas with gravy and cranberry sauce or even Turkey Fried Rice! If you have more cranberry sauce than you know what to do with, try making some delicious Jasmine Rice and Dried Cranberry Cookies.
Need another great dinner idea? You’ll love our Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli.