Leftover Turkey Asian Sandwich (Turkey Banh Mi)

The best part about Thanksgiving is that when it’s over it’s CHRISTMAS!!!

Okay, don’t worry, I’m not really that harsh. Thanksgiving is great. But Christmas is like Thanksgiving’s cooler, hotter older brother. I started listening to Bing Crosby back in October, I already have all my decorations up, and my kids are wearing reindeer pajamas as we speak. (What I’m trying to say it, I basically post pictures of Christmas in my locker at school.)

Leftover Turkey Asian Sandwich (Turkey Banh Mi)

Dang, now I feel bad for hating on Thanksgiving. Don’t get me wrong. I was actually reading yesterday about how Thanksgiving is our true national family holiday. I usually think of Christmas when I think of The Biggest Family Holiday, but that’s because I’m Christian. Jews and Muslims and Hindus don’t celebrate Christmas, but if they are American, they probably celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s the one family-oriented holiday that is truly, legitimately American. I love that.

Leftover Turkey Asian Sandwich (Turkey Banh Mi)

Speaking of national events…Are you guys going shopping today? I’ve never been much of a Black Friday shopper, but then again, I’m not much of a shopper in general. I try to avoid most stores. Except the grocery store. Oh SaveMart, how I love you. Now, if they had Black Friday sales at the grocery store, I would be all over that. Bacon, 50% off! Oreos, buy one get one free! Goat cheese, 75% off! A free pack of gum just for coming in the store! Now we’re talkin’.

Raise your hand if you made waaaaay more food than you could actually eat yesterday. That’s because leftovers are the bomb. (Oh yes I just said that.)

Leftover Turkey Asian Sandwich (Turkey Banh Mi)

I’m actually a huge fan of reheating the leftovers as-is, but after a couple days, you run out of potatoes and gravy and are stuck with dry, lackluster turkey meat. No fun at all.

Leftover Turkey Asian Sandwich (Turkey Banh Mi)

Enter this Turkey Banh Mi. Banh mi is a Vietnamese sandwich with cucumbers, carrots, and cilantro. Oh, and sriracha. Don’t forget the sriracha.

Traditionally they are served on single-serving baguettes, but I think these would taste great on a leftover dinner roll. (You will note that the recipe is a little vague. But I mean come on. It’s a sandwich made out of leftovers, glorified with some veggies on top. It’s not rocket science people.) Happy weekend everybody! And Merry Christmas!!!


Leftover Turkey Asian Sandwich (Turkey Banh Mi)

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Servings
This turkey banh mi is a Vietnamese sandwich with cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, and sriracha. I think these would taste great on a leftover dinner roll.


  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce, or other hot sauce
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 6 ounces turkey, cooked, shredded or chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced, peeled or not
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, fresh
  • 1 small baguette, or leftover dinner roll


  • In a small bowl, add some mayonnaise, however much you want on your sandwich (this will depend greatly on the size of your baguette or roll). Then squirt in some Sriracha sauce. This is entirely to taste, but start small (think 1/2 teaspoon) and move up from there.
  • Use a knife to dice up a quarter or half of the jalapeno, discarding the seeds. Add as much as you wish to the mayonnaise mixture.
  • Spoon some chopped turkey into the mayonnaise and stir. Add turkey until it is the consistency you want. Set aside.
  • Peel the cucumber if you want. Cut the cucumber in half, then cut lengthwise into very thin slices. Grate some carrot, if you didn't buy pre-grated. Wash and de-stem a handful of cilantro.
  • To assemble: Split the roll or baguette in half. Spread the bottom half of your roll or baguette with turkey mixture. Top with cucumber, carrot, cilantro, and additional jalapeno if you want. Top with the other half of the bread.


Sriracha is my favorite hot sauce, like, ever. You can find it in the Asian aisle at the grocery store.
Source: Martha Stewart


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 624mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 8770IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Calories: 432
Keyword: Asian Food, Leftover Turkey, Sandwiches, Turkey
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  1. I am a Hindu and I celebrate Christmas…
    I’m not missing an opportunity for presents! Or this Leftover Turkey Asian sandwich: it looks absolutely delectable.

    1. Haha Diana, that’s right, why miss an opportunity for presents?? I hope you love the turkey sandwich. Thanks for commenting!

  2. I am officially out of Thanksgiving turkey (which is a good thing because I was soooo done with it), but I’m saving this recipe to try with chicken later this month. I love the flavors here!

    1. I almost made this with chicken anyway, because I didn’t even cook a turkey this year. I ended up finding some turkey cutlets at the store, so I used them, but I think this sandwich would be fantastic with chicken. Now let’s talk about your WAFFLE SANDWICHES, what?? Yes please. Heading over right now.

  3. I have a friend that is going to love this recipe. She loves giving an Asian twist to meals. So our grocery store had a baking sale today… You bough 5 or more you got $5 off. So the stuff was on sale and then you got extra money off. I stocked up on flour, sugar, cooking spray, cocoa. It was kind of pathetic… but I go through the stuff like crazy.

    1. Thanks Nicole! I love Asian anything, so it seemed appropriate. Thanks for stopping by! PS-Just checked out your Chipotle Raspberry and Black Bean Pizza–AMAZING!!!! I am so going to try that!

  4. I think my husband would enjoy this sandwich, looks great! And I hear ya, if my grocery store had Black Friday on regular groceries, I would be camped outside the store!

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