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.
Super salmon salad
Turn any leftover salmon into this super salad, featuring a healthy combination of freekeh or spelled, avocado and herbs.
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.
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.
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.
Red cabbage salad
Make a colorful 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pickled cherry, gorgonzola and rocket salad
Top this fresh and crunchy salad with whatever blue cheese you still have in the fridge.
Broccoli and blue cheese salad
Crumble leftover blue cheese over a plate of broccoli, then sprinkle with toasted almonds for added crunch.
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.