turkey & cranberry BLT.

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Recipe recently featured on the Pure Barre blog.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I could eat Thanksgiving food all year long. I absolutely love cranberry sauce and, of course, the turkey. In honor of this delightful holiday focused around food, I decided to incorporate some of my favorite leftover Thanksgiving foods into a delicious sandwich perfect for Black Friday fuel. I constructed a BLT sandwich, and rather than using the traditional mayonnaise (which has saturated fats), I used avocado. Avocado contains only healthy mono-unsaturated fats and has the creamy consistency of mayonnaise.

Fun fact: One half of an avocado has 7.5 grams of monounsaturated (healthy fat), provides 6-7 grams of fiber and about 25% of daily-recommended intake for Vitamin K. Vitamin K is essential for bone health and increases calcium absorption!

I baked some uncured bacon, and added some tomato and cucumber for more of a crunch. It all comes together to make the ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey & Cranberry BLT!

RECIPE: (1 sandwich)

  • 2 slices rye bread
  • 3oz Cooked white meat turkey (about 2-3 slices, depending on how thick they’re cut)
  • 2 Tablespoons cranberry sauce
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 small tomato, thinly sliced
  • handful spring mix (or any other lettuce you prefer – romaine, spinach, etc.)
  • 2 slices uncured bacon


  • bake the bacon on a baking sheet with a wire rack at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes until crispy (but not charred)
  • lightly toast the rye bread.
  • mash the 1/2 avocado on one piece of bread
  • top avocado with the cucumber, spring mix, turkey slices and bacon
  • on the other piece of bread, spread the cranberry sauce
  • place the tomatoes evenly on top of cranberry sauce
  • put the two pieces of bread together to make a sandwich
  • cut in half (you’re going to need to!) and devour 🙂


  1. This looks absolutely delicious! I didn’t get a whole turkey this year but I did get some turkey breasts definitely enough for leftovers so I can’t wait to make sandwiches l… Too bad cranberry isn’t something we have would you say other hand work?

    1. Hi! honestly, I think that raspberry would work too! Apricot would be delicious. I was really just going for the Thanksgiving theme, and sweet and savory! Other jams would definitely work 🙂

      1. Thanks Gabrielle! My roommate and I actually found Lingonberry Jam at IKEA which is suppose to berry from the same family. Tasted pretty much like Cranberry sauce! YAY Had a good simple Thanksgiving meal last night, can’t wait to make these sandwiches next!

      2. I had a turkey sandwich this morning! Delicious! I didn’t add bacon but the rest is happily sitting in my tummy and it felt fresh and healthy too! Thanks again for sharing this!

      3. yay!!! i don’t usually eat bacon on a daily basis.. it’s actually very rare that i eat bacon.. so i’m sure it was SUPER tasty without it 🙂 you’re welcome i’m so glad you liked!

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