Holiday Chopped Salad

Tuesday 29 December 2009

What lies beneath that deliciously rich mountain of crumbled stilton . . .
left over from our Holiday excesses . . .

A tasty creamy snowy bed . . . of course . . . composed of tasty mayonnaise and Greek yoghurt, with a bit of Dijon and seasonings . . .

But that is not all . . . no . . . that is not all . . .

Can you see the tasty bits of colour peeking through the glass . . . all prettily layered beneath that crumbly cheese mountain and creamy snow . . .

Delicious layers of chopped cooked turkey and ham, sliced boiled egg, peas, spring onions, crisply shredded lettuce and carrot . . . all laying there, just waiting for you to dip in your fork and partake of it's lovely flavours.

After all the excess of the recent holiday meals and parties . . . it is a most refreshing and healthy alternative . . . especially when you choose to use low fat mayo and yoghurt. Tis also a great way to use up some of that leftover turkey, ham and cheese . . .

This is a great salad that is easily adapted to what you have on hand and the number of people in residence . . . I have done it for as few as two people and as many as 1o . . . tis always warmly received, and a most popular dish on the buffet table.

If you don't have any leftover ham or turkey you can always use packaged sliced meats which are also quite good, or replace the ham with bacon. Delicious!!

*Holiday Chopped Salad*
Serves 4 to 6
Printable Recipe

This is a great salad as the ingredients and their amounts can be adjusted to the amount of people and their likes. I always finely chop everything. Of course you can have this anytime of the year, but it's especially nice after all the indulgences of Christmas. Layer everything in a pretty glass bowl that is shallow enough for all your guests to be able to scoop out some of each layer and also clear so that your guests can admire the pretty coloured layers.

1 head of cos lettuce, shredded
4 ounces cooked ham chopped
4 large eggs, hard boiled and chopped
4 ounces cooked turkey, chopped
4 to 5 spring onions, finely shredded
8 ounces of frozen petit pois, thawed
1 large carrot, grated
200g of low fat mayonnaise
200g of Greek style yoghurt
1 heaped tsp of Dijon mustard
1 tsp sugar
salt and black pepper to taste
8 ounces of stilton cheese, crumbled

Place the shredded lettuce in the bottom of a large diameter shallow pretty glass bowl. Sprinkle the ham over top, followed by the egg, turkey, onions, peas and carrots, spreading each one out evenly. Whisk together the mayonnaise, yoghurt and mustard. Stir in the sugar, salt and pepper. Spread this mixture over top of everything. Sprinkle the stilton cheese over top. Cover and chill for several hours before serving. Delicious!


  1. Okay, Marie--my fork's already to dip in! This looks delectable! I think I'll try this tomorrow for dinner...trying to use up our Christmas ham! Did something pretty yummy tonight....a hash of sorts, with chopped up ham, leftover (loaded) mashed potatoes, artichoke hearts, and dill havarti cheese--pretty tasty! I think we need something a little lighter tomorrow, and your salad looks just right!

    Hope you're having a beautiful day, my friend! Thanks for sending along your beautiful art--hope I can do it justice! Much love sent your way this December day!

  2. I think most people, if they told the truth, would be more inclined to eat salads if they were made interesting and intriguing like this. Lovely!

    Love, Angie, xx

  3. Hi Marie - what a great way to use leftover turkey or meat. A great lunch at any time of year, but especially now after all the heavy dinners at the holidays.
    P.S. Love the new music!

  4. I love recipes that take advantage of leftovers. This is quick, convenient, and just right for a buffet, as you said.
    Lovely photos.

  5. From the first pictures, I thought it was a hot casserole dish! I love chopped salads can only take so much rich heavy food before the body starts to crave simple salads....


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