Our leftover turkey Caesar salad is a great way to use up Christmas leftovers! There’s crispy bacon, crunchy croutons & a punchy Caesar dressing.

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leftover turkey caesar salad

In this recipe, we’re making a classic Caesar salad but replacing the chicken with leftover roasted turkey! There’s crispy lardons, crunchy bacon fat croutons, fresh lettuce, roasted turkey & shavings of parmesan, all coated in a punchy Caesar dressing.

This one’s a great way to use up any leftover roast turkey from your Christmas dinner – perfect for Boxing day!

For more festive recipes, take a look at our Christmas section! There’s a wide range of recipes, from all the parts of a classic Christmas dinner, to impressive starters & desserts and creative ways to use up leftovers…

What Goes In A Turkey Caesar Salad?

  • Caesar Dressing
    We’re making a quick & easy, classic Caesar dressing with mayo, garlic, anchovies, parmesan & lemon.
  • Bacon Lardons
    Super crispy bacon is vital for a Caesar salad! Either smoked or unsmoked bacon will work here.
  • Croutons
    Our croutons are flavoured with thyme & cooked in bacon fat!
  • Leftover Roasted Turkey
    Replacing chicken with roasted turkey makes this salad a great way to use up Christmas leftovers.
  • Lettuce
    Either cos or little gem lettuce works best.
  • Parmesan Shavings
    Incorporating freshly shaved parmesan into our salad adds texture & is great for presentation.
leftover turkey caesar salad

How To Make A Leftover Turkey Caesar Salad

The full, printable recipe card for this salad can be found at the bottom of this post!

Caesar Dressing

This Caesar dressing is incredibly easy to make! Simply add mayo, anchovies, garlic, parmesan & lemon into a food processor then blitz until smooth. Season the dressing with freshly cracked black pepper & a small amount of salt & it’s ready to use.

Leftover Roast Turkey

We’re swapping out the classic chicken in our Caesar salad for leftover roasted turkey (this salad is perfect for boxing day!). We’re serving the turkey cold so all we need to do to prepare it, is chop it into pieces.

Bacon Lardons

Now onto the bacon lardons. These are best served as crispy as possible & the best way to do this, is by cooking them in a frying pan.

To make the lardons, first chop bacon rashers into lardons then cook in a frying pan (with a splash of oil) over a medium heat, until crispy, making sure to stir them regularly. Once cooked, transfer the lardons into a bowl & reserve the fat for when we cook the croutons.

crispy bacon lardons

Bacon Fat Croutons

For the croutons, I’ve used a classic white loaf but you could use sourdough, brioche or wholemeal bread if you’d prefer.

To make the croutons, cut the crusts off the slices of bread then tear (or cut) into chunky croutons. Sprinkle over some finely chopped thyme then drizzle over the reserved bacon fat from the lardons. Season with salt & pepper then bake the croutons until they are golden brown & crisp. Leave to cool, then serve.

The Salad

Once all of the components are ready, our Caesar salad comes together in a matter of minutes!

To make the salad, first roughly chop up your lettuce then place into a large mixing bowl with the dressing, turkey, bacon, croutons & a handful of parmesan shavings.

Give the salad a good mix then spoon into bowls. Top each salad with a few parmesan shavings & a crack of black pepper then serve immediately.

Equipment Used

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Leftover Turkey Caesar Salad

Our leftover turkey Caesar salad is a great way to use up Christmas leftovers! There's crispy bacon, crunchy croutons & a punchy Caesar dressing.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 People
Author: Ben Racey

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Baking Tray
  • Microplane/Grater
  • Frying Pan
  • Peeler

Ingredients

Caesar Dressing

  • 240 g Mayonnaise
  • 30 g Grated Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • ¾ tsp Anchovy Paste Or 2-3 Anchovies
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Grated

Lardons

  • 8 Rashers Streaky Bacon Cut Into Lardons
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil

Croutons

  • 4 Thick Slices White Bread
  • ½ tsp Thyme Leaves Finely Chopped

Caesar Salad

  • 4 Heads Cos/Little Gem Lettuces Washed In Cold Water
  • 400 g Leftover Roast Turkey Cold
  • Parmesan For Shaving

Instructions

Caesar Dressing

  • Place the mayonnaise into a food processor then add in the parmesan, lemon juice, anchovy paste & grated garlic.
  • Blitz until smooth then taste to check the seasoning, adding salt & pepper as needed.
  • Transfer the dressing to a bowl then refrigerate until needed.

Bacon Lardons

  • Place a frying pan over a medium heat & pour in the veg oil. Once hot, add in the bacon then cook until crispy, stirring regularly. This will take around 5 minutes.
  • Once the lardons are cooked, transfer them into a bowl without the fat & set aside. Reserve the fat for the croutons.

Croutons

  • Preheat an oven to 180°c/160°c fan (356°f/320°f).
  • Cut the crusts off the bread then cut/tear into chunky croutons.
  • Place onto a baking tray then drizzle over the reserved bacon fat & sprinkle on the chopped thyme. Season with salt & pepper then bake for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown & crisp. Make sure to shake the tray halfway through.
  • Once cooked, remove the croutons from the oven & leave to cool completely before using.

Caesar Salad

  • Trim the bottom off each lettuce then roughly chop & place into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in the lardons, croutons, a handful of parmesan shavings & all the dressing.
  • Chop the leftover turkey into pieces then add into the mixing bowl.
  • Give everything a good mix then transfer the salad into four bowls, making sure to distribute the meat & croutons evenly between each portion.
  • Top each salad with a few parmesan shavings & a crack of black pepper then serve immediately.

Notes

1. Parmesan Shavings – The best way to shave parmesan is with a veg peeler. A good handful of shavings should be added to the salad & 3 or 4 shavings on top of each salad.
2. Mayonnaise – A good mayo makes all the difference to a Caesar dressing. I’d recommend Hellmann’s.
3. Anchovies – For the Caesar dressing, you can either use ¾ tsp of anchovy paste or 2-3 anchovy fillets.
4. Turkey – This recipe uses leftover roast turkey. 400 grams gives each salad a generous amount but feel free to use more or less if you’d prefer. We’re serving this cold.

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