Next Day Beef Salad

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.

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

Leftovers for the Win

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. 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 | Yesterday's roast beef plus whatever's in your fridge makes for a fabulous meal!

Beef Salad

The cold, rare roast beef was the star of the show. Dorie’s recipe 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.

Next Day Beef Salad

Make Cleanup a Breeze with OXO

With the arrival of spring, it was time to get my kitchen in shipshape. I was thrilled to get a delivery from OXO to help me clean and organize my workspace. First up was this handy dandy Compost Bin. It’s perfect to park next to the sink to collect all my vegetable trimmings. Designed with a handle for toting food scraps into the yard with a practical, removable lid, yet sleek and attractive enough to have a designated spot on the counter. I was most excited to progress from a part time composter to a full time composter.
You might also spy the Silicone Sink Mat in the bottom of my sink below. The soft silicone structure cushions the sink and helps prevent glassware and fine china from chipping. It sure works a lot better than my wet dish towel method! Heat resistant, it’s excellent to be able to set a hot pan in my Corian sink without worry of damage. And they’ve also developed an ingenious pattern which allows you to cut out an area to match up with the drain location on your sink. Along with the mat, I placed OXO’s Sponge Holder and Heavy Duty Scrubber with Tray along the edge of my sink within easy reach for quick cleanups. Bill, my number one dish man, loved the Foldaway Dish Rack, which will not be folded away for a long time. We hand wash a lot of knives and cooking tools, and this rack is perfect for air drying and even has a built in spout so that excess water can drain right into the sink. OXO thinks of every necessary detail!
A few other noteworthy kitchen tools include OXO’s 4-Piece All Purpose Clips (in bright new colors!), Expandable Utensil Organizer and Water Bottle Cleaning Set. Check them all out and start your spring cleaning!


Next Day Beef Salad

Serves 4 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins

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


    For Salad

    • About a pound of leftover beef (I used some Certified Angus Beef ® Brand beef tenderloin)
    • 1 to 2 spring onions, trimmed, halved lengthwise, and finely chopped (scallions are fine)
    • 20 green olives, pitted and sliced
    • 10 to 15 cornichons, drained and thinly sliced
    • 10 grape tomatoes, cut in half
    • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons 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
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons grainy mustard
    • 1 1/2 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.


    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 398kcal Calories from fat 284
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 32g49%
    Saturated Fat 6g30%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 80mg27%
    Sodium 592mg25%
    Carbohydrate 5g2%
    Dietary Fiber 2g8%
    Sugars 2g
    Protein 26g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g
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    Next Day Beef Salad | Yesterday's roast beef plus whatever's in your fridge makes for a fabulous meal!

    Disclosure: OXO supplied me with a variety of kitchen cleaning tools. I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of OXO. Thank you, OXO!

    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.



    1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

      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. Your beef is so beautiful!

    4. 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. 🙂

    5. 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

    6. 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.

    7. 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!

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

    9. 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.

    10. 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! 🙂

    11. Mary Hirsch says:

      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.

    12. 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.

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

    14. 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!

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

    16. 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?

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

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

    19. 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!!!

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

    21. 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!

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

    23. 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!

    24. 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.

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

    26. 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! 🙂

    27. 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! 🙂

    28. Mmm this salad sounds delicious!

    29. 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.

    30. 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.

    31. 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!

    32. 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.

    33. 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!

    34. 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.

    35. 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.

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

    37. exquisitely divine! xx

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