Upgraded Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches


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 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.

Upgraded Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches

Many people slather those turkey cranberry sandwiches with soft cheese or mayonnaise (the latter I admit is quite delicious), but another, 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.

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.

Upgraded Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches
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The recipe and photo were created by SmithBites and shared with us by Sabra Hummus.
Serves: 1 sandwich
  • 2 slices sourdough, hearty country, or whole grain 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, Senior 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. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.