How to transform your Christmas leftovers into 9 awesome winter salads

Posted by Helena Hamilton on 13 December 2016

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First things first: winter salads are awesome. Winter salads using Christmas leftovers are, in fact, game changers. Having a Christmas salad isn't the same as having a regular salad - these guys have cheese, they have crunch toasted nuts, they have pieces of salty bacon smothered in homemade ranch dressing.

Enjoy!

Salmon and coleslaw salad

A fancy Christmas salad to have with all that cabbage coleslaw you’ll be making for cold leftover trimmings. A lovely fresh, crunchy rainbow of a dish - winter who?

Salmon and coleslaw salad
Via: From the Kitchen

Roasted butternut squash, kale and cranberry couscous

A fab veggie option, and also one for anyone who's had one too many pigs in blankets (when else is it acceptable to eat up to FOUR different types of meat in one meal?) on Christmas Day. A great dish to add all those leftover cranberries you were sure you'd need too.

Roasted butternut squash, kale and cranberry couscous
Via: Gimme Some Oven

Bourbon roasted pear salad with Gorgonzola and candied walnuts

Have a blue Christmas in the best way possible, by loading your salad with creamy Gorgonzola. There are also candied walnuts and a glug of bourbon just to really support the leftovers effort, and the whole thing is prettily festooned with pomegranate seeds.

Because if you can't festoon your food at Christmas, when can you?

Bourbon roasted pear salad with Gorgonzola and candied walnuts
Via: The Suburban Soapbox

Chicory with bacon and ranch dressing

The gold star really goes to the buttermilk ranch dressing in this recipe. When you’re done smothering it over that bitter chicory and salty bacon (what a winning combination), get back on the roasties and use it as a dip. Perfect.

Chicory with bacon and ranch dressing
Via: Food 52

Asian-style turkey salad

Need a little respite from all that stodgy, British comfort food? This noodle salad is exactly what you need and only takes 15 minutes to make. You won’t have to miss any of that brilliant Christmas TV.

Asian-style turkey salad
Via: Homemade

Winter citrus watercress salad with beetroot

Looks great, doesn’t it? This salad actually works great as a side if you’re serving up cold trimmings on Boxing Day, but you should definitely make up a plate to devour all to yourself too.

Winter citrus watercress salad with beetroot
Via: A Cozy Kitchen

Shaved Brussels sprout and kale salad with bacon, lemon and cherries

They’re the black sheep of the Christmas lunch family, and if legends are to be believed then we’ll all have saucepans full of Brussels sprouts left over after the 25th. So pimp them up with crunchy kale, gnarly bacon, tart cherries and punchy horseradish. A salad for grown-ups, if we ever did see one.

Shaved Brussels sprout and kale salad with bacon, lemon and cherries
Via: Food 52

Cauliflower, broccoli and pumpkin seed salad

Not ready to make the bold move from Christmas comfort food to lettuce town? The cauliflower in this dish makes it a really bulky salad, with a proper crunchy bite. 

Cauliflower, broccoli and pumpkin seed salad
Via: Alexandra Cooks

Roasted sweet potato and fig salad

It can be hard to go (literally) cold turkey on your Christmas sugar habit, so ease yourself off gently with a salad full of sweet potato and rich, puddingy figs – balanced out by a lively kick of fresh green chilli, so you can still call it dinner. 

Roasted sweet potato and fig salad
Via: A Cozy Kitchen

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