20 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

20 delicious and nutritious recipes designed to use thanksgiving leftovers ranging from sandwiches, salads, and side dishes.



Note – this post was originally published in 2017 but has been updated and shared again.

Enjoying Thanksgiving Leftovers 

One of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving, is when all the guests have left, the dishes are all done and I can sit down and dig into the the leftovers.



In my honest opinion, I think the leftovers are even better than the first time around. I’m not much of a turkey fan, except in a delicious turkey sandwich! Add a little cranberry sauce on top and wow, so good!

This Cranberry Salsa recipe tastes so amazing on a turkey sandwich. It’s zesty and tangy and adds so much flavor to roasted turkey.

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Obviously I’m a huge leftover turkey sandwich fan, because here’s another awesome recipe for you – a delicious Roasted Turkey, Apple and Brie Sandwich.

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I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving and I’ve rounded up some fantastic leftover Thanksgiving recipes!

Turkey Recipes

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Pulled Turkey Sandwich from C It Nutritionally (pictured above)

Low Sodium Turkey Enchiladas with Cranberry Salsa from Hacking Salt

Turkey California Club Salad from Nourished Simply

Thankschiladas from Teaspoon of Spice

Turkey and Cranberry Panini from The Foodie Physician

Mediterranean Turkey Pesto Potato Bowl from And A Dash of Cinnamon 

Cranberry Recipes

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Easy Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls from The Gingered Whisk  (pictured above)

Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread from Nourished Simply 

Cranberry Lime Frozen Greek Yogurt from Nourished Simply

Sweet Potato & Potato Recipes

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Roasted Sweet Potato, Herb & Feta Salad from My Cape Cod Kitchen (pictured above)

Sweet Potato Muffins from Nourished Simply

Buttery Cheddar Smashed Sweet Potatoes from Bucket List Tummy

Pecan Topped, Slightly Sweet Potato Casserole from Liz’s Healthy Table

Sweet Potato and Apple Quinoa Salad from The Urben Life

Thai Sweet Potato and Lentil Curry from Making Healthy Choices

Sweet Potato Coconut Patty from Foodal

Loaded Sweet Potato Latkes from Your Choice Nutrition

Check out even more great recipe ideas in this 70 Sweet Potato Recipe Round-Up!

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Other Creative Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

In addition to just enjoying the foods in their original state again the day after Thanksgiving, these are some of our favorite “non recipe” ways to repurpose them –

  1. Add turkey, sweet potatoes or even green beans to salads
  2. Using the leftovers turkey bones to make homemade turkey broth and then adding any leftover turkey to the soup afterwards for a delicious bowl of goodness
  3. Creating a quick breakfast of leftover sweet potatoes and veggies (Brussels sprouts, green beans, sweet potatoes, corn, etc) with a fried egg on top

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Tags: cranberry, leftovers, recipe, round up, sweet potato, thanksgiving, turkey Last modified: November 22, 2022