This Healthy Turkey Salad Sandwich is made with a low calorie rich and creamy chickpeas sauce instead of mayo. Delicious with jalapenos for a bit of heat!
If your Christmas/Thanksgiving centrepiece was roast turkey chances are you have leftovers! Which is fantastic as it means you’ll be able to whip up quick and easy dishes for days to come. For example, you can make this satisfying creamy leftover turkey soup with tomatoes. You can also add your turkey leftovers to this zesty cured brussels sprouts salad with a festive twist. Or you could create a delicious party food idea such as these easy leftover turkey lettuce wraps. But you can also make a super lean yet deliciously creamy Healthy Turkey Salad Sandwich with Chickpeas (No Mayo).
Healthy turkey salad sandwich
This turkey salad sandwich is super healthy! First of all, turkey meat itself is low in fat. The sauce contains no mayo or even oil. It is made using chickpeas (including the brine) and cream cheese. So it’s creamy, delicious and full of healthy protein. Stir in the meat and serve with your favourite bread. I chose a fresh crusty baguette but you could use healthier breads such as pumpernickel, seeded or rye.
I used full fat cream cheese as I find it tastier than the low fat variety, but you could use either.
How to make a creamy mayo free sauce
Start by blending the chickpeas with the cream cheese, lemon juice, garlic and half of the water from the chickpeas. Blend until the mixture is velvety smooth (a simple hand blender will do). Depending on the kind of consistency you like you may not need to add any more water. (Don’t forget to season!) I didn’t want the mixture to be too thick so ended up adding all of the water.
How to adapt this recipe
This turkey salad sandwich recipe is very flexible! First of all, you can use either white and dark turkey meat or a mixture. You can also swap turkey for chicken if you prefer. As for the jalapenos, make it as hot or mild as you like, and use either pickled or fresh jalapenos. I used a combination of pickled red jalapenos and fresh, medium hot, green ones for a bit of crunch.
You could also add freshly chopped cilantro into the sauce if you like.
What if I don’t have any turkey leftovers
In that case buy a small piece of turkey breast, season, brush with oil and bake in a small oven dish for about 45-50 minutes at 190 C/ gas mark 5. Remove from the oven, allow to cool completely, then chop or shred and combine with the sauce.
Healthy Turkey Salad Sandwich with Chickpeas (No Mayo)
- 300 g ready to eat turkey meat, chopped or shredded
- 1x400 g tin chickpeas (reserve the water)
- 4 tbsp cream cheese
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 small garlic clove, chopped
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 3 tbsp chopped jalapeno peppers, pickled or fresh, adjust the amount to suit your preference
- fine sea salt and pepper to taste
- serve with your favourite bread
- To make the sauce blend together the chickpeas, garlic, cream cheese, lemon juice and half of the chickpeas water until velvety smooth. Add more water if you like for a runnier consistency.
- Stir in the shallots, jalapenos, turkey, season to taste and serve with your favourite bread (and lettuce or arugula if you like).
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I am bringing this Healthy Turkey Salad Sandwich with Chickpeas (No Mayo) to #CookBlogShare hosted by Easy Peasy Foodie. Also sharing with Fiesta Friday. This week’s co-hosts are Mollie @ Frugal Hausfrau and Liz @ spades, spatulas & spoons.