8 servings (serving size: 3 wedges, about 1/4 cup salsa, and 1 tablespoon sour cream)

Leftover cranberry sauce transforms into a spicy salsa for these turkey quesadillas.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare salsa, combine first 7 ingredients. Cover and chill.

Step 2

To prepare quesadillas, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1/4 cup sliced onions to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Remove onions from pan; reduce heat to medium. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese over each of 4 tortillas. Top each cheese-covered tortilla with one-fourth of onions, 1/2 cup turkey, 2 tablespoons cheese, and 1 tortilla.

Step 3

Recoat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 quesadilla to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and cheese melts. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Cut each quesadilla into 6 wedges. Serve with cranberry salsa and sour cream.

Chef's Notes

This salsa is also great on turkey sandwiches. To make meatless quesadillas, use sautéed vegetables in place of the turkey.

Ratings & Reviews


September 17, 2015
We have made these for years.  Almost always have them in the days after Thanksgiving - good way to use up leftover turkey.  Chicken breast is a fine substitution.  Always a hit with the family.  Serving size is a bit small (3/4 of a quesadilla?!) but they are good.

dorktowel's Review

February 04, 2014
This was an awesome dish. My wife had made a turkey for a random Sunday dinner, so I didn't have any cranberry sauce. I just made some from some frozen berries and stuck it in the freezer as I made the rest of the dish. I dug this salsa so much, I'm going to replace my usual cranberry sauce with this new recipe. It was AWESOME!!

emell25's Review

December 26, 2013

JNBank's Review

November 30, 2013
The salsa was fantastic. Used lime zest instead of the juice. The tortillas were a bit dry from the turkey but the salsa made them wonderful. I added arugula to the tortilla dunce one if my favorite quesadilla recipes from cooking light has it in it.

itravel's Review

October 09, 2013
I liked this. I started it in a cast iron skillet but couldn't figure out how to flip it so I sprayed top tortilla with a little cooking spay and put it under broiler for about 3 mins. I also added a little hot sauce to chicken and cheese filling which was a nice contrast to the sweeter salsa. Yum!

noelle71's Review

April 26, 2013

BoxerMomLaura's Review

December 26, 2012
The best recipe for leftover turkey EVER! My dad fell in love with this when I fixed the leftovers after Thanksgiving last year. Claimed it was the best meal he'd had in a year!

ChefLeesher's Review

July 02, 2012
This was better than I thought it would be. Heat & sweet. We used grilled chicken cutlets and whole wheat tortillas. I am not a huge fan of sour cream but it works really really well here.

emmee915's Review

February 09, 2012
awesome recipe. salsa is,a great addition.did not have turkey so i substituted chicken

Toomanypaws's Review

November 28, 2011
Really tasty. Used a Gala apple instead of a pear in the salsa. Great way to use up a bit of the leftover turkey and the cranberry sauce, withough feeling like you're having yet another leftover meal.