It is never a good thing to run out of food at a barbecue, so people often end up with a little left over afterward. This BBQ salad recipe combines some of the tasty leftovers with a few extra ingredients to make a delicious, low-cost meal the following day.

BBQ Salad Recipe

The most important thing, after the BBQ, is to allow the meat to cool to room temperature before placing it, covered, into the fridge.

Sometimes there may be left over salad ingredients from the barbecue itself, which can be used for the recipe, but it is always advisable to add some fresh ingredients to make the BBQ salad more exciting.

BBQ Salad Ingredients

Using a mixture of meats makes the salad more interesting. Meat that has been previously marinated is absolutely fine – the smokier and more barbecue flavoured the better!

  • 2 handfuls left over mixed BBQ meat, such as beef steak, chicken or pork
  • 4 handfuls mixed salad leaves, including peppery rocket or watercress
  • 1 small can sweet corn, drained
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small pack croutons, white or wholemeal
  • Creamy blue cheese dressing
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Trim the leftover barbecue meat of any excess fat and cut into even dice of approximately 1 cm. Wash and dry the salad leaves before combining them in a large salad bowl with the diced meat, sweet corn, tomatoes and a small amount of salt and freshly ground pepper.

Pour the croutons on top and toss well, adding a generous quantity of dressing. Serve immediately.

BBQ Salad Variations

BBQ salad is best enjoyed with a creamy dressing to moisten the cold meat, which will have dried out a little overnight. Blue cheese is ideal, but for those who do not like the flavour, garlicky ranch-style dressing is a good alternative, as is mayonnaise or Thousand Island dressing.

Sweet corn is the essential ingredient in this salad to add sweetness, texture and colour. Other good additions are grated carrot or cubed, cooked beetroot.

The croutons add a fantastic crunch to the salad and turn it into a more substantial meal. Other delicious crunchy additions include crispy onions, available in tubs in large supermarkets, or crunchy bacon bits. Those adding the latter may wish to leave out the salt.

Finally, small dice of lightly flavoured cheese can be added to the salad if desired – but nothing too strong as it could overpower the flavour of the smoky barbecue meat.

Whichever variation the cook prefers, BBQ salad is a great way of using up leftovers and a most enjoyable main course salad.