Turkey and lentil salad

November 25, 2011  •  Category:


It is hard to imagine that an appetite would manifest itself the day after this Thanksgiving feast.

It is requesting  lighter fare, however.

INGREDIENTS: 2 servings

  • 1/2 cup of lentils (I used green lentils)
  • 1/2 cup of diced celery
  • 2 cups of leftover turkey meat
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup of pomegranate arils
  • Dressing: 1 garlic clove, 1 tbsp of raspberry vinegar (or any other), 3 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of harissa (optional).


  1. Boil the lentils in 3 cups of water till tender, about 20 minutes; drain and transfer to a bowl. Add the diced celery and pomegranate arils and combine.
  2. Crush the garlic clove in a mortar and transfer to a small bowl; add the vinegar, harissa and olive oil. Mix to emulsify. Pour over the lentils and combine. Serve the salad with some leftover turkey pieces and avocado slices.


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  1. Magda says:

    I love salads that include lentils, especially green ones, and particularly du Puy 🙂
    Your dish looks so elegant Joumana. The avocado has such a beautiful color!

  2. kim says:

    A great cleansing dish indeed. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Hélène (Cannes) says:

    C’est vrai qu’avec la dinde, il y a souvent des restes ! ;o)))

  4. Rosa says:

    A great salad! That combination is so toothsome.



  5. T.W. Barritt says:

    Beautiful way to dress up that leftover turkey! I wish I could say I was nearly as creative …

  6. Claudia says:

    Hard to believe – we finished the leftovers today and now I want this. So I’ll just have to get another turkey. Am a sucker for lentils.

  7. for the love of food says:

    Yum.. definitely a good way to get something good for you in there during the holidays!

  8. domi says:

    Elle a de beaux ” restes ” ta salade…

  9. sare says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Joumana.
    Very beautiful salad, I love all of them in it. see you.

  10. Susan says:

    What a beautiful and delicious way to use left-over turkey! Two days later, we are still working on cleaning up the left-overs here and I’m finally digging out from all of the Thanksgiving chores. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Joumana!

  11. Bria @ WestofPersia says:

    Great combo! Lean protein, fiber, good fats, and antioxidants. Plus delicious, I’m sure. (And yes, that pesky appetite always returns, doesn’t it?)

  12. Barbara says:

    What a delightful presentation! Love all the good health in this dish too. One thinks never to eat again after a big dinner, but it just doesn’t work that way! 🙂

  13. Chiara says:

    I love this idea… finally soemthing different from the usual leftover turkey sandwich. And lighter too, which is really nice!

  14. Belinda @zomppa says:

    Terrible that my appetite is bigger than ever! This is a healthy way to satiate though!

  15. Katie@Cozydelicious says:

    Such a pretty way to make use of leftovers! Yum!

  16. Nuts about food says:

    I just happen to have some leftover lentils in my fridge. And some celery. No turkey, but it will make a great salad regardless.

  17. Magic of Spice says:

    What a gorgeous and flavorful salad…even without the turkey 🙂

  18. Oui, Chef says:

    So light and fresh, a great post Thanksgiving dish.

  19. Asia says:

    Just made it! It was delicious!!! Hariss is a must; it adds a wonderful kik to the salad. thank you for this super lovely recipe!

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