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Dorie Greenspan provided the marvelous recipe for Next-Day Beef Salad utilizing the night before’s leftovers, and OXO furnished the tools to tidy up and organize my messy kitchen.

Add this terrific entree to your list of Leftover Roast Beef Recipes. This loaded entree salad is perfect on a hot summer night.

Next Day Beef Salad

Next-Day Beef Salad

I stink at repurposing leftovers. When I roast a chicken, we eat roast chicken for a couple of days. I’m certain I could be much more inventive with soups, enchiladas, even chicken salad.

This week, Dorie has us use leftover roast beef and whatever is lurking in the fridge to whip up a masterful entree salad, this Next-Day Beef Salad. I needed this push to remind me that my menus had become a bit humdrum and, with a little effort, I could transform the night before’s dinner into something special.

Next Day Beef Salad

Tips for Making a Beef Salad from Leftover Roast Beef

The cold, rare roast beef was the star of the show. Dorie’s recipe for her next day beef salad instructed us to cube it, but I figured slices might be more appealing to the hubby. And I couldn’t bear to coat the rosy piece in the mustard-mayo dressing, so I served it on the side.

A bed of greens was the base, followed by a melange of green onions, green olives, diced bell pepper, halved grape tomatoes, sliced cornichon and diced tart apple (which I saw on the counter, whole, after taking my photos). The mustard sauce was a bit too pungent for my delicate sensibilities (ha!), so I thinned it with some vinaigrette I had parked in the fridge.

This was a lovely change of pace, though Bill was a bit disheartened that this beef wasn’t served with gravy and mashed potatoes! He did admit that it was “pretty good.” I’ll call that a victory.

If you like entree salads, check out this Beef Taco Salad and this Ramen Noodle Salad with Chicken.

Find more Salad Recipes and Beef Recipes in my Recipe Index.

Next Day Beef Salad



Next Day Beef Salad - Yesterday's roast beef plus whatever's in your fridge makes for a fabulous meal!

Next Day Beef Salad

From Dorie Greenspan's "Around My French Table" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 2010)

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings


For Salad:

  • 1 pound beef (use leftovers
  • 1 spring onion, trimmed, halved lengthwise, and finely chopped (scallions are fine)
  • 20 green olives, pitted and sliced
  • 10 cornichons, drained and thinly sliced
  • 10 grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon drained capers
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Arugula, spinach, or mixed salad greens tossed with a little olive oil
  • Olive oil, for greens


  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1½ tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard, optional
  • Oil and vinegar to thin, optional (I found the dressing was a bit too pungent and thinned with some vinaigrette)


  1. Fill a large salad bowl with greens. Scatter the rest of the ingredients over the greens.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and grainy mustard. Taste dressing and, if you think you want a little more heat, blend in the Dijon mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Pass the salad and the dressing.


From Dorie Greenspan's "Around My French Table" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 2010)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 637Total Fat: 51gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 768mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 34g


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Next Day Beef Salad


Here is a link to Dorie’s Next Day Beef Salad. The recipe can also be found in Dorie Greenspan’s magnificent cookbook, Around My French Table. If you’d like to see what the other “Doristas” thought of this Next-Day Beef Salad, check out the LYL section for this recipe on the French Fridays website.

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37 comments on “Next Day Beef Salad”

  1. Your salad looks good! Funny, I was just nosing around the freezer to see if there were any little leftover tidbits for my salad today:@)
    PS-I like the little compost bin!

  2. I’m getting better at making ‘newovers’ but I still need work. I love this salad and that beef looks fantastic.

  3. I’m not so good at repurposing either! This looks like a wonderful way to create variety in the day after meal category. I usually do bring some kind of salad or soup for lunch. What a great idea. 🙂

  4. Dear Lizzy, This salad looks perfect…a wonderful idea for leftover meat.
    I am going to look into getting the compost bin…that is a great idea for my garden. Hopefully it will help. xo, Catherine

  5. I am lucky living in Indian where I a lady who cleans my house and willingly takes away almost on daily basis, any left over food. Its a win win situation.
    The salad looks refreshing and perfect for this weather.

  6. I would eat anything slathered in mayo and mustard but this would be at the top of my list. I love this deconstructed presentation and wish that I had thought enough to do that as well . IT really shows off the fresh ingredients and different textures. Great work!

  7. Great looking salad, Liz. You must have spent quite some time slicing and dicing!

  8. I have teenagers, we don’t have leftovers. Some day I will ponder what to do with chicken and beef, but for now I will settle for a little roast beef bought at the deli counter to make this salad. I loved it too.

  9. Thanks so much for continuing to submit to YG – we love your posts and I’m thrilled that my very first pin to my board on “Luscious Leftovers” is yours! 🙂

  10. I approve, along with Bill, of those gorgeous pink slices of roast beef being left in think slices. It would be a shame to cut that beef into smaller chunks. Your innovative re-creation of this recipe is what Dorie is all about, don’t you think? Very nice although you can’t make mustard sauce too pungent for me – just love that stuff. And, your OXO products. I really love them. In fact I am trying to find more veggie brushes and there is not a one to be had on the Central Coast of California.

  11. Looks wonderful, Liz. I like the way you served it, and if that’s what it takes for Bill to enjoy it,
    that’s all that matters. I have been doing a lot of make up dishes in very small portions with
    the idea that Jim will not care for them. So far, he has enjoyed them all and there are no
    leftovers to be had. Can’t win, but at least I am playing catch up on these recipes. Have a
    great weekend.

  12. Nice salad and cute compost bin. The little bits I see of your kitchen looks super!! 🙂

  13. Bill’s on a roll Is that 3 weeks in a row of thumbs up on Dorie recipes? Today was the first day since February that I could actually use the compost bin. It was previously buried under snow. Hooray for spring!

  14. That salad looks like it’s loaded with flavor and I think I’d like it just fine without the apple.

  15. Your sale looks very nice and the sliced beef is a nice presentation that the cubes! The composer looks great too, I am always looking for a nice one, are there filters in it to stop any smell?

  16. The salad looks like a winner for me and the beef is cooked to perfection.

  17. Gorgeous salad, Liz! Those bright colors make me want to dive right in.

  18. Liz, I got the same stuff from OXO .. can’t wait to open everything! I rec’d everything right before we left for spring break! love that compost bin and everything else and this next day beef salad is brilliant!!!

  19. Wonderful salad, Liz! I love the colors! The beef looks so delicious!

  20. Your salad looks great! I actually loved everything cut up, but I’m a “chopped salad” kind of girl, especially if I’m “packing” – that is lunch to work. But yours definitely looks more elegant. If you try it again, do include that apple – it was a surprise with the mustard, and really yummy. I think this will be a great summer supper salad – maybe after grilled steak?

    Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  21. Lizzy! this salad look beautiful and delicious!!!

  22. Gorgeous beef! I love Oxo products, they definitely make this blogging thing a whole lot easier! Gorgeous photographs too. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  23. That beef salad looks great. I have a tendency that all leftovers somehow find their way into lettuce wraps for lunch…it’s amazing how good most leftovers are in a lettuce wrap! lol Anyway, this salad looks great and I’m with you about leaving the meat whole and not drenching it in sauce, that’s what would float best here as well. Love all the oxo products you featured. What a fun review.

  24. I love all the fresh veggies with this beef!

  25. Very creative use for leftovers, or reruns as my husband calls them. I love all of the colors and crunch of the vegetables in the salad and think it would make a perfect lunch. My husband probably would be looking for gravy too. Need that nifty compost bin! 🙂

  26. WOW I love how you did your salad! I didnt coat mine in mayo-mustard either, and I went with really thin slices as well! I loved rolling it up with a bit of lettuce and other toppings in it for a fun and delicious bite! 🙂

  27. Mmm this salad sounds delicious!

  28. I know what you mean about chopping up and coating that lovely beef with mayo. Your salad looks good, and if Bill liked it, it ticks all the right boxes.

  29. Serving the dressing on the side makes for a prettier presentation. This was a great salad and I think we all need a reminder that leftovers can become ingredients for really great meals.

  30. Lovely presentation with your salad, Liz! Looks fabulous! Glad that Bill enjoyed this one!
    That little compost container is ideal! I think I need one…lol!

  31. The beef is cooked exactly the way my hubby would like it. OXO makes the best products. I was too excited to receive the home cleaning kit.

  32. We are notorious for making next day salads with leftover meats and I know this one would be a HUGE hit in this house. Great salad Liz!

  33. The salad looks great, Liz! I, too, stink at leftovers. Someday (ha!) I’ll have to work on that, but for now, thanks for the info on OXO countertop composter! My husband is the one who deals with that and I think he might like a dedicated container that looks nice, as opposed to what he’s using now.

  34. What fun! I love getting new kitchen gadgets, and Paul might even approve if I could tell them they were for cleaning/organizing. I’m glad you both enjoyed the salad.

  35. I have a hard time believing that you have a messy kitchen 🙂
    I like how you left the beef whole – very appealing

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