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Harvest Turkey Salad Pitas

by Amy D
Harvest Turkey Salad Pitas

These harvest turkey salad pitas combine turkey, fresh spinach, apples, pecans, tangy feta, tart cranberries, and red onions with the easiest homemade raspberry vinaigrette. Stuffed into pitas this fresh take on your leftovers that will have dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes. Hey, that’s something to be thankful about!

Harvest Turkey Salad Pitas

I will get to the recipe, I will, and if you want to skip down to it that’s fine. But first I have to tell you this week I have been overwhelmed with a thankful heart. I remember when I was 19 my car broke down. It was in the middle of a snowstorm on the drive home to my apartment. I had no cell phone, no money, and my baby girl in the backseat. I remember us both crying as I carried her home in the snow that night, because I was completely on my own and just as down and out as I could be. This week  I unexpectedly had to get a tire replaced, we had enough in checking to cover it. Sitting there in Walmart parking lot I thought back to that night, how my life was then and was humbled by just how much I have to be thankful for. More blessings than I could count.

Harvest Turkey Salad PitasMy wonderful family, kids and husband. Our home which is humble, but full. Our health. Two part time jobs that allow me to still be home with my kids when they are. Honest and true friends who’ve stuck with me through good times and bad.  Readers who take the time to encourage and support me along the way.  My church.  Good teachers and schools.. To list everything that I consider a blessing in my life would be a post that could turn novel length, so let me just say, there’s a lot. Sorry for the mushfest, it’s been a happy heart kind of week. 

Okay, so whether you are ready or not, they are on their way. No I’m not talking about your whole entire family, though that is very likely the case! I’m talking about your Thanksgiving dinner leftovers.

Harvest Turkey Salad Pitas

There’s always. so. much.  Now, I’m all about the food, so Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays (as if you couldn’t tell!) That said, I don’t know if you are anything like me, but the day after turkey day, I’m not looking for another repeat huge and heavy meal. I’m looking for something light and fresh to balance out the marathon eating I’ve done the day before. Does this sound familiar to you? If so, then this leftover makeover recipe is for you my friend. These harvest turkey salad pitas are easy to throw together and make a light fresh meal that your family will want to eat. 

Harvest Turkey Salad PitasThese harvest turkey salad pitas are bursting with flavor and a wonderful harvest fruit combination that screams fall.  Stuffing them in pitas makes it easy to pack for work lunches or for on the go Black Friday lunch while you shop! I hope that you will love these pitas as much as we do and also that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Harvest Turkey Salad Pitas
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Harvest Turkey Salad Pitas

Juicy turkey, fresh spinach, apples, pecans, tangy feta, tart cranberries, and red onions are tossed with the easiest homemade raspberry vinaigrette, then stuffed into pitas for a fresh take on your leftovers that will have dinner on the table in less than ten minutes.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword salad, turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Amy D.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced leftover turkey
  • 1 bag baby spinach , torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 4 oz container feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 apple , diced small
  • 8 pitas
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 3 Tablespoons seedless red raspberry jam
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss together the turkey, spinach, pecans, feta cheese, dried cranberries, red onion, and diced apple.
  2. Place the vinaigrette ingredients into a small jar with a tight fitting lid and shake well to mix. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Stuff the pitas with the salad mixture and drizzle with vinaigrette to serve.

 

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11 comments

allie @ Through Her Looking Glass November 27, 2015 - 9:54 pm

5 stars
Loved your mush fest, Amy. And the sandwich. Needing that. Like now! 🙂 Hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving!

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Amy D November 27, 2015 - 10:14 pm

Aw, I’m glad to hear that my mushfest wasn’t too much! I was just smacked upside the head with gratefulness these last couple weeks. Living a simple life and finding joy in the little things is the biggest blessing there is. That’s part of why I love food so much, it’s so simple, but can bring so much joy and people from all different walks of life together. Hope you also had a great Thanksgiving and that you will love these pitas!

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[email protected] November 27, 2015 - 9:22 pm

Yum! I LOVE creative uses for leftovers – these pitas look delicious! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving 🙂

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Amy D November 27, 2015 - 10:09 pm

Oh we did have a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was cold and storming, but that just meant for a good afternoon nap after dinner! I love Thanksgiving because I don’t actually have to cook much, my mother in law does most of it, so that means I just get to sit back and enjoy.

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Rachel @ Simple Seasonal November 27, 2015 - 9:12 pm

5 stars
What a fresh use of Thanksgiving leftovers! Yum!

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Lauren November 26, 2015 - 6:50 am

Yum! I need to find some good gluten free pitas immediately!

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Amy D November 27, 2015 - 10:41 am

Lauren, I personally love salad in pitas because it makes them so much more filling, and with several teens in the house I’m always looking for ways to make dishes more filling. They eat so much. But just the salad would make a great main dish too if you can’t find any gluten-free pitas.

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Kaitie November 25, 2015 - 9:08 pm

What a wonderful way to use leftovers but feel like you’re eating more then just leftovers! I love the flavour combination!!

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Amy D November 27, 2015 - 10:39 am

Thanks Kaitie. I typically think of stuffed pitas as a spring dish, but love the fall flavors in this.

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Patricia @ Grab a Plate November 25, 2015 - 8:59 pm

Hoooooray for leftovers!! I love the dressing for these pitas – it was really unexpected (and yummy)! Glad you can reflect and be thankful for all you have! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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Amy D November 27, 2015 - 10:43 am

Thanks Patricia, I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!

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