Substitute 2 cups cut-up cooked ham for the turkey.
Purchase cooked turkey or chicken at the deli counter of the supermarket if you don't have leftover cooked turkey or chicken on hand.
Walnuts or pecans can be substituted for the water chestnuts to add crunch to this salad. Use 1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts.
Cut turkey into 1/2-inch pieces. Some pieces will be irregular in shape.