This Keto-friendly Leftover Turkey Avocado Salad is like eating guacamole, but with chunks of tender turkey. It transforms leftover turkey or chicken into an entirely new dish. This refreshing salad can be part of a keto, Atkins, Paleo, gluten-free,or dairy-free diet.

 

Leftover Turkey Avocado Salad-side view in serving bowl

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The recipe

If you love guacamole, you’re going to love this salad! In fact, I strongly considered calling it “Turkey Guacamole Salad”.

 

This salad boasts a creamy base of avocado, lime juice, garlic, jalapeño pepper, garlic and a touch of salt.

 

After we create the base, we stir in chunks of avocado, some green onion, pieces of turkey or chicken, juicy tomato, and a bit of cilantro. Uh-huh. It’s that good!

 

The thing I love most about the salad is that it’s super easy to make, and completely transforms that leftover turkey into something amazing.

 

The inspiration

This salad was inspired by guacamole (I guess that’s a little obvious.) and is a take on the guacamole recipe that my kids like to make by adding a little of this and a little of that. 

 

In this case, I added a lot of turkey!

 

Leftover Turkey Avocado Salad-single serving.

 

How to serve this Leftover Turkey Avocado Salad

This salad makes a delicious meal by itself. It’s perfect for lunch or a light dinner.

 

If you prefer something more substantial, you can wrap it in one of my low-carb tortillas. Large lettuce leaves also would make a perfect wrap for this salad.

 

Another option for serving this turkey salad is to spoon it over a pile of greens. My cilantro lime dressing or this avocado salad dressing from That Low Carb Life would be perfect drizzled over the top. 

 

If you keep the size of the turkey chunks small, my low-carb tortilla chips would be perfect for scooping it up. 

 

Leftover Turkey Avocado Salad-Overhead view of entire salad.

 

How to store this leftover turkey avocado salad

I like to make this salad a few hours before I serve it. That way, the flavors have time to mingle together, but it isn’t so long that the avocado turns brown.

 

To prevent the avocado from turning brown, I cover this salad with plastic wrap and push the wrap all the way down on the salad so it forms a skin over the salad.

 

While I’m not a huge fan of plastic wrap, this is the only way I know to keep the air from touching the salad and helps prevent it from turning brown.

 

You could also try spritzing the top of the salad lightly with additional lime juice to help prevent oxidation. I do not recommend trying to keep this salad for more than one day.

 

Leftover Turkey Avocado Salad-the bite shot.

 

Is it safe to eat brown avocado?

If your salad happens to turn a bit brown, no worries. The browning is caused by an oxidation reaction that happens when the air touches the avocado and forms the non toxic chemical, melanin. 

 

While it’s safe to eat, it doesn’t look quite as appetizing and can add a bitter flavor. I recommend following the guidelines in the section above to help prevent this from happening.

 

Final words

This salad can be made with leftover turkey or chicken. Don’t have any? Simply grill or poach some. The recipe would also be delicious using a rotisserie chicken if you’re short on time. Enjoy!

Annissa

Low-Carb Leftover Turkey Avocado Salad

This Keto-friendly Leftover Turkey Avocado Salad is like eating guacamole, but with chunks of tender turkey. It transforms leftover turkey or chicken into an entirely new dish. This refreshing salad can be part of a keto, Atkins, Paleo, gluten-free,or dairy-free diet.

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword guacamole turkey salad, keto mexican food, leftover turkey recipe, low carb mexican food, turkey avocado salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 249 kcal
Author Annissa Slusher

Ingredients

  • 2 large avocados (quantity divided)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper seeds removed and minced
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt more or less to taste
  • 2 cups turkey cooked, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 large green onion (or two small) sliced
  • 1 medium tomato seeded and diced

Instructions

  1. Remove the fruit from one of the avocados, slice and place in a medium to large mixing bowl. Add the lime juice, jalapeño pepper, garlic, cilantro, and sea salt. Mash together, using a fork or potato masher, until well blended.

    Making the dressing for Leftover Turkey Avocado Salad.
  2. Remove the fruit from the second avocado. Cut into bite sized chunks. Stir these avocado chunks, the turkey, green onion, and the tomato into the avocado and lime mixture. 

    Adding the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Serve immediately, or, cover with plastic wrap, pushing the wrap down to touch the top of the salad, then refrigerate. This salad is best served the day it is made.

    Overhead photo of Leftover Turkey Avocado Salad in a bowl.

Recipe Notes

Net Carbs per serving: 3 grams

Nutrition Facts
Low-Carb Leftover Turkey Avocado Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 331mg14%
Potassium 377mg11%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 500%10%
Vitamin C 28.1%34%
Calcium 30%3%
Iron 1.6%9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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