Leftover Turkey Caesar Salad

And the Twelve Recipes of Christmas continues with…

Dawn: (singing merrily) On the seventh day of Christmas, my true Love Food gave to me…

Andrew: What, pray tell?

Dawn: On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me seven swans a-swimming…

Andrew: Dawn…

Dawn: Ops! Got carried away for a minute then! I love singing! As you know!

Why, a wee recipe called: Leftover Turkey Caesar Salad!

Andrew: Sounds a great way of using up any leftover turkey.

Dawn: Indeedy! And without further a-do…the recipe!


Serves 2

2 Kos lettuces (seperated and washed)

2 slices of wholemeal bread, crusts cut off and cut into 1cm squares

2 Bacon rashers (smoked or unsmoked)

50-75g Turkey torn into strips

Shavings of Parmesan cheese (or any extra mature cheese)

For the Dressing

50ml fresh cream (single or double) or very low fat natural yoghurt

1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped

2 tbsps olive oil

2tsps Worcester sauce

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

2 anchovy fillets, in olive oil

Salt and pepper to season


  • Add a splash of olive oil to a frying pan and place on a medium heat. Allow the oil to heat up and when hot, toss in the bread squares. Keep stirring them around only they are golden brown in colour all over. Once golden brown, set aside to cool.
  • Next the bacon: either dry fry the rashers in the frying pan making sure you keep an eye on them so they don’t stick or grill them until they are cooked. Once cooked, set aside to cool and when cool, break into bite-size pieces.
  • Put the washed lettuce leaves in a bowl.
  • Next, prepare the dressing by putting all the dressing ingredients in a food processor and give them a quick blitz. Season.

Dawn: If you don’t have a food processor, put all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together by hand.

  • Pour the dressing over the lettuce leaves and toss the bowl so that all the leaves are covered.
  • Now add the turkey and mix with the lettuce.
  • Add the bacon and the bread squares, and the cheese shavings. Season to taste and serve.

Andrew: A simple and effective way of using leftover turkey.

Dawn: Yes, Andrew, and the dressing makes for a really authentic Caesar salad taste.

Andrew: It’s the anchovy fillets that do.And not a raw egg in sight!

Dawn: Very authentic tasting and a great way of kicking off a healthier eating programme if you are looking at watching the scales on 1 January.

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