Ideas using leftover lamb or leftover beef to make a delicious salad

You’ve enjoyed roast lamb or roast beef for dinner, but you have leftovers. Don’t let them go to waste when you can use them in a plethora of dishes that are just as (if not more) delicious than the roast itself. These ideas make the most of readily available, everyday ingredients. They pack in a lot of flavour, without a lot of effort or time.

Mix and match the salad ingredients

A beef or lamb salad using leftover makes for a quick and delicious meal that’s easy to put together. Take advantage of ready-mixed salad leaves and fresh herbs. Add fresh new season vegetables and use tasty bottled salad dressings. Toss with noodles, pasta or even baby potatoes and your salad is ready to serve.

Salad ideas using leftover roast lamb

  • Toss strips of leftover roast lamb with leftover roast pumpkin. Add cubes of feta cheese, black olives and few toasted pine nuts.
  • Toss thin slices of lamb with cooked pasta shells, a dollop of basil pesto, and Italian dressing. Add chopped cucumber and cherry tomatoes,
  • Toss lamb with a mix of baby spinach leaves, quartered artichoke hearts and semi-dried tomatoes.
  • Toss lamb with strips of marinated roast vegetables like eggplant and sweet potato (available in jars or the deli) and torn rocket leaves.

Salad ideas using leftover roast beef

  • Toss strips of leftover roast beef with roasted baby beetroot and mixed salad leaves. Drizzle with a sour cream and wine vinegar dressing. Sprinkle with chopped dill.
  • Toss strips of roast beef with torn rocket leaves, sliced fried haloumi and orange segments and French dressing.
  • Toss beef with cold soba noodles, thinly sliced radish and spring onion. Drizzle with soy and sesame oil.
  • Toss beef with fresh asparagus spears, roasted walnut halves and baby spinach leaves. Add pasta shells if you like.
  • Toss beef with cold cooked beans, halved cherry tomatoes, drained, canned five-bean mix, chopped red onion. Dress with olive oil and wine vinegar.

Essential tips

  • Slice the beef or lamb thinly so the meat is easily coated with the dressing.
  • Add the dressing to the salad just before serving; the flavours of the beef or lamb, the salad and the dressing remain fresh and flavoursome this way.

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Leftover beef from a beef roast can replace the beef in these recipes

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