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Thai glass noodle salad with leftover turkey

  • Author: Suwanee
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Diet: Low Fat


Thai Glass noodle salad with leftover turkey is a delicious recipe made with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. It's my favorite way to use turkey leftovers for a quick and healthy salad. Ready in less than 20 minutes! 


  • 5 oz dry glass noodles. They must be soaked in hot or warm water before use.
  • 6 oz turkey meat, minced or shredded, your preference. (:
  • 1/2 cup shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery, leafy and tender parts only.
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup jalapenos or bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1/ 2 cup cherry tomatoes.
  • 2 stalks green onion, thinly sliced into 1/4 inch pieces.
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, roughly torn
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 1/2 inch pieces, stems included
  • 3 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1-5 fresh Thai chilis, chopped small. More if preferred.
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Optional
  • 1-2 tablespoons toasted rice powder

For garnishing: 

  • Ground white pepper. Optional but highly recommended for added depth of flavor.
  • Sugar. Add more towards the end if needed.
  • Dry chili flakes
  • Dried shrimp


  1. Using a large bowl, soak the glass noodles in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Soak for 5 minutes in a heatproof bowl if using hot boiling water. If using warm water (but not boiling), soak for 10. Check the noodles using a fork to lift them to see if they are soft enough to curl around the forks. Drain the noodles and put them in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, make the sauce by adding minced garlic, chilis, lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar. Whisk together until the sugar dissolves, and add to the bowl with noodles in it. 
  3. Mix all the turkey, vegetables, and herbs in a large bowl. Mix well using a wooden spoon or spatula. 
  4. Add the softened noodles to the salad, and mix in well. Use your hands to massage all the ingredients together. Kitchen gloves are handy for this!
  5. Adjust the flavors with more lime juice, fish sauce, or light touch of sugar until content. Add more chili flakes and white pepper for extra heat. Add toasted rice powder last, and serve! It's now ready to serve!


  • Using cold water to soak the noodles can work, but softening them will take a while. Use warm or hot water instead.
  • If using hot boiling water, do not let the noodles soak for too long, or they will get mushy.
  • After adding the soft glass noodles to the salad bowl, use your fingers to massage all the ingredients together to help blend the salad more quicker. Squeeze the tomatoes to help release the juice, making your salad tastier.
  • Add the sauce to the salad, massage, and taste the flavors. If you are happy with the taste, don't add the rest of the sauce but use it as a garnish on the side for those wanting more flavors.
  • Leave the chilis out last for kids or those who do not like spicy food. Separate the salad into two bowls and jazz up the spicy version with all the chilis!

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  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Turkey recipes
  • Method: Salad
  • Cuisine: Thai

Keywords: Thai Glass noodle salad with leftover turkey, glass noodles salad, authentic glass noodles salad, thai turkey salad