It really is best not to cook the turkey again as it can dry out. Here are our Middle Eastern, Asian and wholesome-inspired turkey leftover recipes, perfect for a picnic, lunchboxes or a light weekend lunch. Each of these will serve 4.
Sonia Grieg

1 Nov 2013 - 5:03 PM  UPDATED 21 Dec 2017 - 11:35 AM

Middle Eastern Turkey couscous salad

Cut 800 g sweet potato into 2 cm cubes, toss with 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil and 2 teaspoons sumac. Roast in a preheated 200°C oven for 30 minutes or until tender. Combine 300 g couscous and 375 ml (1½ cups) hot chicken stock in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. After 10 minutes, fluff up the grains with a fork, season with salt and pepper, add 1 tablespoon finely chopped preserved lemon rind, the sweet potato, 50 g rocket and 400 g sliced roast turkey, toss and drizzle with 80 g (â…“ cup) natural yoghurt and 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses.


Turkey and Asian herb salad

Crush 1 garlic clove and 1 small red chilli in a mortar and pestle, add 2 tablespoons palm sugar, 50 ml lime juice, 30 ml fish sauce and 30 ml light soy sauce, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Combine 2 finely shredded carrots, 2 halved and sliced Lebanese cucumbers, 100 g mizuna, 1 finely sliced French shallot, 100 g bean shoots, ½ cup each coriander and mint leaves and 400 g shredded roast turkey meat in a bowl. Toss with the dressing and serve.


Healthy turkey and brown rice salad

Heat 30 ml olive oil in a frying pan over medium–low heat. Add 1 thinly sliced red onion, ½ teaspoon ground cumin and cook for 5 minutes or until the onion has softened. Combine with 3 cups cooked brown rice, 200 g blanched broccolini, cut in half, ½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, 1 crushed garlic clove, 400 g shredded roast turkey and 200 g halved cherry tomatoes. Gently toss with 60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil, and 60 ml (¼ cup) pink grapefruit juice and season with salt and pepper.


Or try these:

Turkey chilaquiles with watermelon basil margaritas

We've made use of leftover Christmas Day roast turkey but you can easily replace with ground beef or pork.

Turkey and quinoa salad with salsa rojo

Looking for a holiday recovery recipe? Then this Mexican-inspired number is it. Nutty quinoa adds substance and it makes use of leftover roast turkey to boot.

Turkey samosas with coriander-mint sambol

These bite-sized Indian-inspired samosas are a great way to use up leftover roasted turkey meat over the holiday entertaining period. You can roll them the day before (keep them covered well in the fridge with a damp cloth and plastic wrap) and simply deep-fry before serving.