Turkey Apricot Rice Salad Recipe

Turkey Apricot Rice Salad recipe

This Turkey Apricot Rice Salad recipe is a wonderful leftover turkey idea for eating better after an indulgent holiday.

If you’re looking for leftover turkey recipes, you’ll love this easy rice salad recipe from my frequent contributor, Holly Clegg.

It’s featured in her cookbook, Eating Well To Fight Arthritis.

What I love about easy leftover turkey recipes like this one is that it uses up other leftovers after cooking up the feast like rice, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds.

You can make Turkey Apricot Rice Salad with wild rice, regular rice, or brown rice.

If you're nut free, just leave the almonds out or substitute sunflower seeds or pine nuts (which are also seeds).

You can find more of Holly Clegg’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at The Healthy Cooking Blog.

Check out Holly’s trim & TERRIFIC™ cookbooks on Amazon, too!

Turkey Apricot Rice Salad, a delicious Thanksgiving leftover recipe!

Closed up of Turkey Apricot Rice Salad on a white plate

Holiday time and have extra wild rice and turkey? Turn leftovers into tomorrow’s dinner by spiking the rice with vivid colors, flavors, and toasty crunchy almonds for an undemanding and unforgettable salad.

After all the heavy eating, you’ll enjoy this diabetic-friendly and gluten-free recipe that is super satisfying!

Classic turkey turns trendy with a few ingredients making your family look forward to your next meal.

Turkey Apricot Rice Salad from Eating Well To Fight Arthritis cookbook is a simple dinner solution that combines leftover wild rice and turkey with dried fruit, tossing everything together for a light and delicious entrée salad.

This good for you Thanksgiving leftover recipe also uses one of my favorite kitchen tools – kitchen shears , which makes cutting dried fruit into strips or even meat so easy!


Turkey Apricot Rice Salad Recipe

Turkey Apricot Rice Salad Recipe

This leftover turkey is made with rice, cranberries, and apricot. This tasty turkey wild rice salad is a crowd-pleasing side dish.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons roasted garlic seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 cups cooked wild, white, or brown rice
  • 2 cups chopped boneless skinless cooked turkey
  • 1 cup dried apricots, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or mixed berries
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, vinegar, oil, honey, and ginger; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients except for the almonds.
  3. Combine leftover turkey salad with dressing. Then toss with almonds. Serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 4gSugar: 19gProtein: 16g

Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 2 lean meat

Recipe and photo used with permission of the author.

Originally posted November 11, 2016. Updated with new information.

Turkey Apricot Rice Salad Recipe

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