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Leftover Turkey? Make Shawarma Lettuce Wraps!

We had some leftover turkey breast from our Passover Seder and I wanted to use it up in a creative way.  I luckily had a brand new package of my favourite Shawarma spice which happens to Kosher for Passover!  If you don’t have some on hand, you can likely whip something up – just look for some spice recipes online.  Alternatively, use a blend of spices that you find appealing…it will still come out great!

IMG_1236Here’s the recipe and how I prepared it.  You can play with the quantities depending on what you have on hand. It would be difficult to mess this up.


1 large onion, sliced
1/3 ( approximately) leftover cooked turkey (any turkey meat will work, including breast meat)
Shawarma spice to taste
Water (approx 1/2) cup
1-2 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil
Lettuce leaves, washed and dried (for serving)


Shred leftover turkey and place in bowl


Sauté onions in oil until caramelized


Add shredded turkey and toss together


Sprinkle with Shawarma spice, to taste, and toss until heated through.

IMG_1237 IMG_1239Add water to pan (use your judgement, I added about 1/2 cup – this will add some moisture into the dish without making it soggy)


Toss together, cover and reduce heat to medium low for 2-3 minutes, keeping close watch so that it doesn’t burn


Spoon into lettuce leaves


Top with chopped mediterranean-style salad and enjoy!

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My family loved it- I hope yours will, too 🙂




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