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turkey pasta salad in a grey bowl with a brown rim next to a bunch of radishes.
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5 from 2 votes

Turkey pasta salad

This turkey pasta salad is the perfect side dish, whether it's for summer picnics or Thanksgiving buffet-style meals!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, British
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Claire


  • 3 cups pasta uncooked weight
  • 2 cups turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 celery stick diced
  • 6 radishes sliced
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 2 green onion diced, optional
  • 1 cup basil leaves loosely packed, torn
  • cup mint leaves loosely packed, torn

For the tahini dressing

  • 3 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper optional
  • 5 tablespoon water adjust as needed


  • Lightly drizzle a pan with olive oil and fry the turkey for 5-6 minutes each side, or until cooked through to an internal temperature of 165F. Set aside to cool.
  • Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Set aside, and drizzle with a little olive oil to help prevent it from sticking together.
  • Shred the turkey with two forks or use a mixer to do so.
  • Make the tahini dressing by combining the tahini and water and stirring until it forms a creamy dressing. Then add the other dressing ingredients and stir again. Adjust with more water to thin, or more tahini to thicken, to taste preference.
  • Combine the turkey, pasta, vegetables and herbs in your bowl and stir through the tahini dressing. Season with salt, and black pepper, if using.


  • If pre-cooked turkey or leftovers works for you, then this can used in place of cooking and shredding the turkey yourself. This would likely not be suitable for my low histamine readers.
  • Most varieties of pasta work well. I use fusilli, but macaroni and others are good too!
  • Thin the tahini dressing with more water, or thicken with more tahini to taste preference.
  • If regular wheat pasta isn't suitable for you, then swap out for an alternative such as brown rice pasta.
Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance (SIGHI) food compatibility list for histamine
All ingredients score 0 on the SIGHI list, with the exception of:
  • green onion isn't rated on the SIGHI list.
  • tahini (sesame), which scores 1. Only use if you know you tolerate well as sesame is a potential allergen.
  • apple cider vinegar, which scores 1.
  • black pepper, which scores 2.
  • pasta (wheat), which scores 1.