Boxing Day salad recipe

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Not sure what to do with your turkey after Christmas day? Make a healthy & delicious Boxing Day turkey salad full of flavour & great for sharing

Preparation Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Cost RangeCheap

A perfect light lunch Boxing Day salad that still has plenty of festive flavour, without the stodge.

Overindulged a little the day before? This fresh, zesty Boxing Day salad is exactly what you need to get you feeling yourself again. Mixing the bright, palette cleansing flavours of orange and cranberry juices into the dressing is the key. It lifts the flavour of the turkey, turning yesterday’s leftovers into a feel good food.


  • 300g mixed salad leaves
  • 350g cold cooked turkey, cut into small chunks
  • 100g firm blue cheese, cubed
  • 50g pecan nuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 75g dried sweetened cranberries

For the dressing:

  • 4tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1tbsp cranberry juice
  • 2tsp runny honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper




  1. Arrange the salad leaves in a large serving bowl. Scatter over the turkey chunks, cheese, chopped pecans and dried sweetened cranberries.
  2. To make the dressing, place the oil, cranberry and oranges juices and honey in a jug. Whisk together until blended. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Just before serving pour the dressing over the salad and toss together gently.

Top tips for making Boxing Day salad

The nuts add texture and the cheese adds an unctuous creaminess that contrasts with the crisp salad leaves. Swap the pecans for walnuts or Brazil nuts if that is what you have around.

If you have any leftover roast potatoes from the Christmas meal, cube them and lightly fry in a little hot oil until crisp and golden. Toss into the salad with the dressing.

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