Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches: Healthy with Holiday Leftovers


Truth be told, I’ve never been a fan of traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I adore potatoes in every form, except for mashed. Gravy, especially with pan drippings, is a sauce that I’m happy to live without. Pie crust is usually boring and bland to my taste buds – no matter how flaky. I prefer chicken to freshly cooked turkey. And those overly sweetened sweet potatoes – why would you destroy such an amazing vegetable? I know that my opinions in this arena aren’t popular, BUT, I have to admit that I love the leftovers. Chilled stuffing and turkey are an amazing luxury, and just a few years ago I developed an admiration for cold turkey cranberry sandwiches.

Many people slather those turkey cranberry sandwiches with soft cheese or mayonnaise (the latter I admit is quite delicious), but a healthier option is hummus. An “original” or “classic” flavor melds nicely with the cranberry sauce and offers a more substantial, creamy layer that contrasts the crunch of lettuce and sliced onion.

Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches Recipe - Healthy and Dairy-Free with Holiday Leftovers (gluten-free optional)The people at Sabra Hummus shared this Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches Recipe with photo. It was originally created by SmithBites.

Special Diet Notes & Options: Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches

By ingredients, this recipe can be dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, and soy-free. Just use caution when selecting your hummus. Some flavors contain dairy and/or nuts, and many varieties are made with soybean oil. For gluten-free turkey cranberry sandwiches, simply toast up slices of your favorite gluten-free bread. I’ve included my recommendations for dairy-free bread varieties (including a gluten-free option) in the recipe.

Dairy-Free Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches
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This upgraded sandwich recipe is higher in protein than most, and completely free of cheese and even mayo.
Serves: 1 sandwich
  • 2 slices sourdough, hearty country, whole grain, or gluten-free bread (we like Rudi's dairy-free Bakery, which has both an Organic line and a range of Gluten-Free bread)
  • ¼ cup hummus (such Sabra's Classic Hummus)
  • 2 leaves bibb or Boston lettuce
  • 2 thin slices purple onion
  • 2-3¼-inch thick slices leftover turkey
  • ¼ cup cranberry sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Spread both pieces of bread with hummus.
  2. Layer on lettuce, purple onion, turkey, cranberry sauce and another layer of lettuce, salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Add top piece of bread, hummus side down.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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