20 Christmas leftover salad recipes
Left with a glut of Christmas leftovers? Turn them into one of our vibrant winter salads, giving you a nourishing kick that's perfect for those days in-between Christmas and New Year's Eve
Give your Christmas leftovers new life with one of our vibrant Christmas leftover salad ideas. Unsure what to do with leftover brussels sprouts? Turn them into an Italian-style shredded sprout salad, layered with crispy pancetta and walnuts. Overstocked on Christmas cheese? Throw together a savvy winter salad, such as this ham, pickled pear and blue cheese salad. Cooked enough turkey to feed 50? Don't know what to do with your leftover ham? We've got you sorted with our imaginative leftover salad recipes which mean you won't be eating sarnies for the next few weeks.
Christmas leftover salad recipes
Looking for ways to use up your leftover brussels sprouts? Finely shred them in a processor and serve alongside crispy pancetta and toasted walnuts – perfect for a lighter dinner.
Turn any leftover salmon into this super salad, featuring a healthy combination of freekeh or spelt, avocado and herbs.
A great way to use up Christmas leftovers on Boxing Day and beyond, this salad makes great use of any ham and blue cheese you may have. It's an easy starter for four people, or a quick meal for two.
Chances are you'll have bought some figs or ham for the festive period, and if you have any to spare, throw them together in this easy salad along with creamy mozzarella and peppery rocket.
Ready in 30 minutes, this roast beef and radish salad with a sake dressing is a savvy way to use up leftover roast beef.
Make a colourful lunch out of leftover red cabbage, with sweet and sour pomegranates and crispy apple slices.
Lay leftover figs on a bed of rocket and grate grana padano on top – the cheese gives a creamy but piquant contrast to the sweet figs.
Goat's cheese and cranberries combine to make a quick and easy vegetarian salad that's singing with wintery flavours.
Perfect for a lighter lunch, check out this nutty salad packed with Christmas staples such as fig and goat's cheese.
Sweet oranges pair beautifully with earthy beetroot in this winter salad that pops all the more with a salty olive vinaigrette and chunks of creamy feta.
Turn a handful of cheeseboard staples into a light Italian dish that's perfect as a post-Christmas light lunch.
This wintery take on the classic Mediterranean salad makes great use of any leftover veg and stilton you may have. It’s ideal as a starter for a festive meal, too.
This salad offers lots of fresh and crunchy textures, and chances are you'll already have most of the ingredients at hand.
Make the most of your leftover blue cheese in this gluten-free salad. It would be great served with a crispy skinned, soft-in-the-middle baked potato to make it more filling.
A supremely colourful winter salad that makes brilliant use of any creamy blue cheese and nuts you may still have, along with red onion, pears, red chicory and a quick red wine vinegar dressing.
If you're left with any chorizo and potatoes, post-Christmas day, serve over a bed of peppery rocket with nutty manchego and broad beans.
Top this fresh and crunchy salad with whatever blue cheese you still have in the fridge.
Crumble leftover blue cheese over a plate of broccoli, then sprinkle with toasted almonds for added crunch.
Smoked salmon is a Christmas staple, however if you're left with salmon to spare, why not recreate this colourful salad of potatoes, quails eggs and green beans, topped with a honey mustard dressing. This recipe serves eight – simply scale it down for a solo lunch or dinner.
This speedy potato and pepper salad is an easy way to use up any leftover roast chicken, plus the sweet smoked paprika gives the dish a big flavour boost.