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 thereâ€™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 thereâ€™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.
Donâ€™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 anyoneâ€™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.