Liberate Leftovers: Next Day Beef Salad

Next Day Beef Salad Dorie Greenspan-1This Next Day Beef Salad has a great sense of timing. The Doristas are venturing ever closer to the terminus of the French Friday’s with Dorie project and I can’t help but see it as appropriate to be once again making a recipe so apt at using the odds and ends left lying around the kitchen from previous pursuits Dorie Greenspan’s book itself is genius in how it coaxes the cook to liberate one’s self from the recipe as written.  These types of recipes liberate the leftovers as well.

I first made this salad just over a year ago when Boeuf a la Ficelle was on the menu.  I followed the recipe exactly and it was fantastic. Like my favorite chicken salad recipes it has a little bit of everything, sweet, hot, crunch, etc.  I did not start life as much of an olive fan but as I got older I found I quite like them so their inclusion here also gave new life to the many other ‘day after’ salads I make during the year. (Of course, I think you could mix packing peanuts with mayonnaise and mustard and make them into an exquisite salad , so it may be its just that?

Since that beef salad from a year ago (that did not survive long enough to photograph) I have made many versions using leftover chicken, lamb, even hamburger patties from the previous night’s barbecue.  Certainly this is what Dorie intended with this recipe.  Having it hear near the end seems somewhat metaphorical to the project.  Its as if Dorie is telling us as we finish up go to now go to our refrigerators and clean up after ourselves.  Don’t let any of this good food we made go to waste as it doesn’t have to.

Next Day Beef Salad

To be a part of the the group’s home stretch efforts I felt it appropriate to revisit the original beef salad as written since I wasn’t successful at photographing it the first time. I had hoped to show it off  in the daylight but once again it started to disappear so fast I could not trust there would even be any left for lunch to roll around so here we served it for dinner. .

Next Day Beef Salad

This is what you will need:

  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1½ tablespoons grainy French mustard
  • 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • About a pound of cooked beef, cut into small cubes
  • 1 to 2 spring onions, trimmed, halved lengthwise, and finely chopped (scallions are fine)
  • 20 green olives, pitted and cut into slivers, from a jar or marinated
  • 10 to 15 cornichons, drained and thinly sliced
  • 10 grape tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely diced
  • 1 to 2 red chili peppers, seeded and finely sliced)
  • 1 tart apple, peeled or not, cored and diced
  • 1 to 1½ tablespoons drained capers
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Arugula, spinach, or mixed salad greens, for serving
  • Olive oil, for greens (optional)

This is how you make it:

  1. To make the dressing combine the mayonaise and mustards in a small bowl and mix with a fork until combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine all the remaining ingredients except the salt and pepper into a large bowl and stir to mix. Spoon dressing over the salad and mix it in using rubber spatula or wide wodden spoon. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve beef salad over a mix of greens drizzled with olive oil (optional.)
  4. salad over it.


This Next Day Beef Salad was an assignment for French Friday’s with Dorie, a cooking group working its way through Dorie Greenspan’s culinary tome “Around My French Table”. We generally avoid including the recipes in our posts. However, wherever there has been a significant adaptation by me or where the recipe has already been publicly posted by Ms. Greenspan or her publishers or by hundreds of other bloggers, or it is, in fact, not much of a recipe at all but rather a methode, I will either include it here (adapted) or provide a direct link to it. Please feel free to contact me via the link provided on my page if you need any assistance finding a French Friday with Dorie Recipe. You should buy the book though.

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About Trevor Kensey

To be truthful, I don't know what “Sis. Boom. [blog!]" means either. The name implies something explosive just happened I suppose I would like it if each post would make made a small 'boom' in your day or at least a fizzle. Even though a recipe is included with every post I have a hard time calling this a "food blog" or even myself a "food blogger".

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  1. I was wishing for leftovers from this salad for next-day’s-sandwich filling, but none left. Love the colors of the plates!

  2. I am so glad to hear that this salad works so well with different types of meat. I loved the dressing , and I am with you I love all the different flavors and textures in this salad…. to the next day!!!

  3. This whole following directions thing…I am not sure I understand what that means.

    With you on beef + mustard (hold the mayo). I might have to pass on the packing peanuts, but to each his own.

    Now, it’s what’s in that bottle that interests me – it is almost 5:00, you know (at least on the East Coast)…

  4. i hope that this recipe opens my eyes to the potential for leftovers going forward. Had this for dinner tonight, and it definitely was better than just reheating roast beef!

  5. It seems like old times with two posts in a row from you!!! Nice idea to use this with different leftovers—though I might have to save those for my lunches as Bill would still be looking for gravy and potatoes 😉

  6. This was a winner in our house, a perfect use of leftover beef. That said, I would like to attempt this
    version with either chicken or ham. Your photo looks great, I love the plate you used, beautiful.

  7. Next day salads are the best. This one is worth making the beef to be assured of leftovers. Certainly the leftovers are sure to disappear.

  8. I really love your photos in this post Trevor! Nice to have you back!

  9. This seems to have been a hit with everyone! We missed out but will have to try it sometime.

    So looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! xoxo

  10. I’m with you, I totally enjoyed the amazing combination of flavors and textures. Of course, now I’m curious – hamburgers? But why not? Happy to know that you’ve had so much success with the concept. I need to remember it – a great on-the-go meal!

    Hope you have a terrific weekend!

  11. Aren’t leftover meals great? It’s a perfect way to eat well on a busy day and much better than ordering a pizza.

  12. Delicious salad! I just love how you’re cooking your way through Dories book.. I am a massive fan of her work and definitely will be returning to your site to chronicle your adventure.

  13. How funny that you likened it to chicken salad! I thought of it as much of the same 🙂 I really enjoyed this one, as much as you did! We had enough of this salad for a couple of days and have been planning another roast so we have more for this week!

  14. That’s one of the things I love so much about this cookbook – Dorie really understands home cooking and encourages us to take her recipes off in the directions our pantries and inclinations lead us. I think you got quite a nice photo of the salad in the end, by the way. Your salad plates are perfect for showing this dish off.

  15. The project is almost complete? Sniff… GREG

  16. I was surprised by how much I liked this salad. It’s good to know that it is good with whatever you have on hand.

  17. I was also surprised at how much we both enjoyed this salad! I can see it making an appearance quite often on our summer table! Gorgeous salad plates…perfect for this delectable salad!