Looking for healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipes? Try Turkey Apricot Rice Salad!

Looking for healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipes? Try Turkey Apricot Rice Salad!

Now that you’re ready to go back to healthy eating after the holiday, I’m sure you’re on the search for healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipes. That’s why you have to make this delicious Turkey Apricot Rice Salad.

If you do Thanksgiving leftovers, you’ll love this easy recipe from my frequent contributor, Holly Clegg. It’s featured in her cookbook, Eating Well To Fight Arthritis.

Looking for healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipes? Try Turkey Apricot Rice Salad from Eating Well to Fight Arthritis.Holly Clegg's trim&TERRIFIC EATING WELL TO FIGHT ARTHRITIS: 200 easy recipes and practical tips to help REDUCE INFLAMMATION and EASE SYMPTOMS

What I love about healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipes like this one is that it uses up leftovers like rice, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds that you have leftover after cooking up the feast.

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 healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipe!

Looking for healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipes? Try Turkey Apricot Rice Salad!

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 supper solution combining leftover wild rice and turkey with dried fruit - tossing together for a light and delicious entrée salad.

This healthy thanksgiving leftover recipe uses one of my favorite kitchen tools – kitchen shears – which make cutting dried fruit into strips or even meat so easy!

Looking for healthy Thanksgiving leftover recipes? Try Turkey Apricot Rice Salad!

Turkey Apricot Rice Salad

Ingredients

  • 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 strips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or mixed berries
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

  1. In small bowl, whisk together lime juice, vinegar, oil, honey and ginger; set aside.
  2. In large bowl, combine remaining ingredients except almonds. Combine with dressing and toss with almonds. Serve.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: Makes 8 servings
  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 277
  • Calories from Fat: 64 (23%)
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 111 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg

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.

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