Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Better Late Than Never….FFWD ~ Next-Day Beef Salad

FFWD~Next-Day Beef Salad
This past Friday, our French Friday group made Next-Day Beef Salad! I knew I would be on the road traveling, so I made, enjoyed, and photographed this dish while still in Florida. All that was left to do was write the post! But you know what they say about the best-laid plans…they often go awry!

One of the things I didn’t count on was, my I-pad not connecting while on the road…a small setback! Another, slightly more distracting set back was getting home on Wednesday, and hosting a dinner party, for visiting relatives from Lebanon, on Saturday! Don’t get me wrong; this was something that I truly looked forward to. The last time I saw my cousin was twenty-seven years ago. As fate would have it, his son is now married, celebrating the birth of their first child, and living in Pa.! Well you know how that story goes…you just can’t keep a grandma and grandpa away from those babies once they arrive!

Just as pretty as it is delicious!
So much has changed since his last visit. Most of the older generation of my family are no longer with us. All of the cousins are grown, have children that are now grown, and live in different parts of the country. Therefore, it was very important for me to host my cousin and his family. We had a terrific visit!

Back to French Fridays, and the Next-Day Beef Salad. When I read through the recipe I was at the beach, and knew I wouldn’t be making a roast beef. I looked for alternatives. Can you buy a roast beef ready made? Well, of course you can!  While shopping for my salad supplies, I found a package of ready to use, Hormel roast beef au jus. The answer to my problem! Did you know that Hormel makes several different roast beef selections? They are in the refrigerator section of your grocery store. 

I pretty much followed the recipe for this salad. Bill and I both thought it was a perfect light dinner for a warm day in Florida! I pulled the meat into bite size pieces, set it aside. Then mixed the dressing, a combination of mayo and mustard, and set that aside, too. Now to the veggies…chopping the scallions, cornichons, olives, grape tomatoes, apple, and red pepper. The veggies are mixed with the meat and capers,  and then dressed with the mayo/mustard dressing. I also added chunks of Gruyère cheese. The mixture is then served on a bed of baby greens. A great blend of texture and flavor! A perfect play of sweet, tart and savory! This salad could be a clean out your fridge type of salad. I would think many veggies and/or fruits would work.

Another winner from Dorie!

All the cut up veggies and beef…just dress and serve over a bed of lettuce 
This was truly a scrumptious salad…great for the warm days of summer!

Next-Day Beef Salad
From Dorie Greenspan's "Around My French Table"
Serves about 4

6 tablespoons mayonnaise
1½ tablespoons grainy mustard
(preferably French)
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
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)

In a small bowl, stir mayonnaise and grainy mustard together. Taste dressing and, if you think you want a little more heat, blend in the Dijon mustard.

Toss all remaining ingredients except the salt and pepper into a large bowl and stir to mix. Spoon dressing over the salad and, using a rubber spatula, stir together well. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Line a serving bowl or plate with the arugula or other greens (there's really no need to dress them, although you can toss them with a little olive oil if you like to) and mound the beef
salad over it.

Dorie tells us she is sharing a “real” recipe, that we can make our own. A few suggestions are chunks of cheese, or maybe a sliced hard boiled egg.  I added chunks of Gruyère.


  1. I am always looking for ways to use left over roast beef. This looks like a delicious idea!

  2. How wonderful that you still have connections to "the old country" as my parents would call it. Florida was definitely a perfect place to have this salad. I can't wait to make this in the summer. I didn't use leftovers either... glad you enjoyed it so much.

  3. This was great and not too difficult. I had a small piece of top round that I made into pot roast and saved some for this salad. I was thinking that going to the deli counter and purchasing a slab of cooked roast beef
    would work too. They could cut it as thick as you wanted. Great for a summer salad. Welcome home,
    and I am happy you got to visit with your relatives. How nice.

  4. aww look lovely I want this for my lunch Kathy:))

  5. It's so good you maintain a connection with your relatives from "old country". I love this salad and it is a good way to use any leftover meat!

  6. I love your addition of Gruyère to the salad - that sounds wonderful! I added some roasted garlic to my dressing. And how lovely that you were able to have a reunion with your cousin! It can be hard to believe how quickly time passes.

  7. this is a perfect summer salad! I loved all the components like you but wish I would have added cheese! :) How lovely that you were able to spend time with your extended family!

  8. It looks like a perfect lunch, maybe with a few slices of garlic bread.

  9. How wonderful to catch up with your relatives from far away. This salad was a great light lunch.

  10. You know I don't think I ever use beef in a salad. This would convince me! Your family story is interesting. Right now my middle daughter is doing a semester in Ireland and getting ready to visit family in Denmark for her break. I had also noticed that we have changed over a generation since I was there in my 20s.

  11. Beautiful salad, Kathy! And how fun to visit with relatives you've not seen in so long! I know there are probably wistful moments for the others no longer with you, but what a joy that you all got to celebrate together!

  12. I'm so glad you enjoyed the salad. I love hosting dinner parties, but it can be stressful when I don't have many days to prepare. It sounds like yours was great, though! How fun to see relatives that you haven't seen in so many years.

  13. It sounds like a lovely party with your relatives! You nailed it. This is definitely a clean out your fridge kind of salad. So delicious. I can't wait to make it again.

  14. Your salad looks great - perfect for that warm weather you left behind.
    I am sure it must have been very exciting to visit with family. It can be tough to keep those bonds - especially when the distances are so great.

    Looking forward to seeing you in another week!

  15. Kathy - your salad looks great, and I am wondering if any of the Hormel products are available in the West. I tend not to look as so many include garlic - I will look for it, though!

    I love how you have kept up (even after so many years) with your cousin and other members of your family! This is the best reason to cook - for the ones we love!

    Happy Easter!