Thanksgiving Leftovers Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving Leftovers Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette |

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you pass impassioned, deliciously inappropriate notes and booze across a plane at 20,000 feet to the chump sitting in seat #7A, tweet the whole thing, and cause every woman across the nation swoon over your brave yet boisterous act?

Did you? Did you? Me neither. My Thanksgiving was as mellow as they come.

You look like you need a place to put your Thanksgiving leftovers. . .

Thanksgiving Leftovers Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette |

I’m showing you a salad with leftover Thanksgiving goodies all over it. Which isn’t a big deal. At all. But, I’m just going to lay it on you thick and juicy, because what is a big deal is this discovery I’ve made about cranberry sauce. Ready for it? Cranberry sauce MAKES AMAZING SALAD DRESSINGGGGG!

You’re looking at me with one eyebrow raised like The Rock. Put that away.

I took my Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Maple and added balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil. I then used it to dress my Thanksgiving leftovers salad. And that, my loves, is worth its weight in gold. Just ask Jim Cramer…I’m sure he said the exact same thing…this morning.

If you have leftover cranberry sauce, make it into a cranberry vinaigrette for your salads. In the realm of good ideas, this one’s pretty stellar.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette |

Thanksgiving Leftovers Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 large salad
Author: Julia


For the Salad:

  • Baby kale
  • Leftover cooked quinoa
  • Leftover turkey
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Apple sliced
  • Pecans

For the Cranberry Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tablespoon cranberry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ tablespoon olive oil


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the cranberry sauce, balsamic vinegar, and oil.
  2. Add your Thanksgiving leftovers to a salad bowl or plate. Pour desired amount of cranberry vinaigrette over everything and enjoy.


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  1. Julie

    Ha ha ha! Like you think my family has any leftovers. Truly, it’s almost embarrassing the way we put away food. Even the 94-year-old FIL ate a huge plate of food. However, if I did, this salad would be first on my list. I’m still pinning it for another time. You never know….

  2. DessertForTwo

    Oh my! Thank you so much for linking to that hilarious article! I had no idea. I think we should make shirts that says ‘Be the change you wish to see on the plane’ LOl

  3. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    That twitter story was soooo amazing!!! I feel like we have all ran into somebody like that during our holiday travels. I wish I would have seen this salad before I just boringly reheated my holiday leftovers! Don’t worry I have plenty more. Maybe lunch tomorrow!

  4. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Ok, so first of all, I love you for sharing that little gem…I so needed that laugh! Secondly, check your Twitter. Third, whoa that sounds dirty. Fourth, you are a genius….and also totally hardcore for eating fresh cranberries straight up. Fist bump, girl! Fist bump!


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