|Trina's Fresh Cranberry Salsa made these pita sandwiches into a real treat!|
Yes, I realize you probably don't have any leftover turkey yet, and you might even still be looking for diet-friendly Thanksgiving Recipes if you haven't decided what you're making for the big day. But in that funny world of food blogging, I cooked a turkey breast and a whole turkey last week so I'd have leftover turkey for recipe experiments. That way I can get them posted before Thanksgiving for people to consider when they *do* have leftover turkey. And although I've made a lot of good things through the years using leftover turkey, these tasty little pita sandwiches with Trina's Fresh Cranberry Salsa may have just gone to the front of the line for this year. I made my leftover turkey into a turkey salad mixture to go in the pitas, but if you didn't want to bother with that turkey + cranberry salsa + pita bread would also taste pretty fantastic!
If you're making this for the South Beach diet, be sure to choose pita that's 100% whole wheat. Check the label and don't be fooled by labels that say "wheat flour," it must say "whole wheat flour." This is one of the brands I like.
The hardest part of making this might be making sure you have some of Trina's Fresh Cranberry Salsa left over from Thanksgiving. (This amazing salsa is one of the things I'm taking to my sister Sandee's for Thanksgiving this year.)
I mixed mayo, celery seed, and just a pinch of dried thyme and dried sage to make a herby mayonnaise for the turkey salad.
Spread about 2 tablespoons of Trina's Fresh Cranberry Salsa across the bottom of each pita half. (You could also use whole wheat tortillas and make this into a wrap.)
Then fill the pita with the turkey salad mixture and enjoy! (I devoured the two pitas you see in this photo in nothing flat immediately after I finished taking the pictures.)
(Makes four pita halves but can easily be doubled or tripled; recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from Trina's Fresh Cranberry Salsa.)
2 T + 1 tsp. mayo (I used light mayo but even if you use regular there's not that much mayo)
1/4 tsp. celery seed
pinch of dried thyme
pinch of dried sage
Turkey Salad Ingredients:
1 cup diced leftover turkey (diced fairly small)
1/4 cup finely diced celery
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
four whole-wheat pita bread halves (for South Beach Diet be sure the label says 100% whole wheat flour)
1/2 cup Trina's Fresh Cranberry Salsa
Stir together the mayo, celery seed, dried thyme, and dried sage and let the flavors blend while you chop the turkey, celery, and green onions; then stir the turkey salad mixture together and season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
Spread about 2 tablespoons of Trina's Fresh Cranberry Salsa on the bottom of each pita bread half. Stuff the pita with about 3 tablespoons of the turkey salad mixture and enjoy!
Made with 100% whole wheat pita bread and light mayo like I used, this is a great after-thanksgiving lunch for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. You could also eat the turkey salad mixture in a regular sandwich or a wrap as long as they're made with 100% whole wheat bread or pita bread.
Ten More Tasty Ideas with Leftover Turkey:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Brown Rice Casserole with Leftover Turkey (or chicken), Mushrooms, Sour Cream, Cheese, and Thyme from Kalyn's Kitchen
Brown Rice Salad with Leftover Turkey, Red Cabbage, and Pecans from Kalyn's Kitchen
Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas from Kalyn's Kitchen
Coconut-Lime Turkey (or Chicken) and Rice Soup from Kalyn's Kitchen
Leftover Turkey-Apple Salad Melt Panini from Panini Happy
Turkey Enchiladas from Simply Recipes
Turkey and Sun-Dried Tomato Bread Pudding from What We're Eating
Turkey Pot Pie with Mashed Sweet Potato Topping from Food Blogga
Turkey Rice Paper Rolls from White on Rice Couple
Leftover Turkey Tacos from Cooking by the Seat of My Pants
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)