20 Christmas Leftover Salad Recipes

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.

We have plenty more leftover inspiration for when you need it, such as our leftover turkey recipes, roast dinner leftovers and more Christmas leftovers recipes.


Shredded brussels sprouts salad

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.

Brussels Sprout Salad Recipe

Super salmon salad

Turn any leftover salmon into this super salad, featuring a healthy combination of freekeh or spelled, avocado and herbs.

super salmon salad

Ham, pickled pear and blue cheese salad

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.

Ham, Pickled Pear And Blue Cheese Salad Recipe

Fig, mozzarella and serrano ham salad

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.

Figs, mozzarella, and serrano ham salad on a plate

Roast beef and radish salad with sake dressing

Ready in 30 minutes, this roast beef and radish salad with a sake dressing is a savvy way to use up leftover roast beef.

Roast Beef Salad Recipe

Red cabbage salad

Make a colorful lunch out of leftover red cabbage, with sweet and sour pomegranates and crispy apple slices.

A red cabbage salad in a white bowl

Fig salad

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.

Halved figs and salad leaves on a plate

Goat’s cheese, sunflower seed and cranberry salad

Goat’s cheese and cranberries combine to make a quick and easy vegetarian salad that’s singing with wintery flavours.


Fig, goat’s cheese and pistachio salad

Perfect for a lighter lunch, check out this nutty salad packed with Christmas staples such as fig and goat’s cheese.

Fig, goat's cheese and pistachio salad

Beetroot, orange and feta salad

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.

A white bowl filled with a beetroot, orange and green leaf salad with crumbled feta on top

Fig, gorgonzola and prosciutto salad

Turn a handful of cheeseboard staples into a light Italian dish that’s perfect as a post-Christmas light lunch.


Winter panzanella

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.

A Citrus, beetroot and blue cheese panzanella salad on a brown bowl with a green background

Cauliflower, walnut and apple salad

This salad offers lots of fresh and crunchy textures, and chances are you’ll already have most of the ingredients at hand.

A cauliflower salad with parsley and apple cubes

Wedge salad with blue cheese dressing

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 lettuce salad with a dressing drizzled on top

Pear, chicory and blue cheese salad

A supremely colorful 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.

A colorful salad of blue cheese, chicory, red onion and pear, with wooden serving spoons to one side

Potato, broad bean and chorizo ​​salad

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.

Broad Bean and Chorizo ​​Salad Recipe with New Potatoes

Pickled cherry, gorgonzola and rocket salad

Top this fresh and crunchy salad with whatever blue cheese you still have in the fridge.

A white oval platter on pink mottled stone, topped with rocket leaves and cherries

Broccoli and blue cheese salad

Crumble leftover blue cheese over a plate of broccoli, then sprinkle with toasted almonds for added crunch.

Purple sprouting broccoli, blue cheese and almond salad

Hot smoked salmon, double cress and potato salad

Smoked salmon is a Christmas staple, however if you’re left with salmon to spare, why not recreate this colorful 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.


Catalan roast chicken, potato and pepper salad

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 flavor boost.

Catalan Chicken Recipe With Potato and Pepper Salad

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