Boxing Day Salads with Herbs
As Boxing Day comes along, many of us are exhausted, yet we must keep up the energy for one more day as family members descend hoping to find a good table full of salads and meats to fill their travelling tummies.
Making the most of the turkey you can create many salads, and with the addition of some home-grown herbs, this cold meat can come to life once again.
Turkey and Stuffing Salad
Not only is there leftover turkey on Boxing Day there’s also leftover stuffing too. If this has set well, make your own lemon and thyme mayonnaise, (or buy a jar and add lemon and thyme) then slice the stuffing as you would the turkey. Build up alternate layers in a circle and just before feast time drizzle the mayo over the meat and stuffing.
A Nicoise Salad is easy as long as there’s a tin of tuna in the house and a few boiled eggs. Use crisp lettuce to line the salad bowl and add croutons (see below) sliced hard-boiled eggs and freshly chopped parsley. Using Yogurt (a Martina Mercer trick) will make it lighter for those still stuffed from the previous day and lemon juice will add a fresh zing to the plate.
Tomato and Bread Salad
With tinned whole tomatoes, or by peeling blanched fresh tomatoes, use a bowl and add them chopped along with roughly torn chunks of bread. Add a little olive oil, parsley, garlic and rosemary and leave to marinade until the guests arrive.
Don’t forget the bread
The bread is the star of the show on a buffet either for adding to salads as croutons, or for mopping dressings from the plate, and anyone’s buffet can be turned from mediocre to spectacular with the introduction of their home-made creation.
- Popular Bread recipes from Martina Mercer include
- Cheese onion and Chive Bread
- Sun-dried Tomato, Basil and parmesan Bread
- Whole-wheat orange and thyme bread
- Red pepper, garlic and basil bread
All of these breads can be made into spectacular croutons, and used the next day with soups, when everyone needs a healthy pick me up.
To make the croutons chop into cubes and bake with a drizzle of olive oil and herbs of your choice. Wait to cool before adding to any salad to give it extra texture and that wow factor.
This was a guest post by Martina Mercer. Martina works for Lavenderworld.co.uk who provide herb plants and skin care products for a naturally beautiful you.