Turn leftover pot roast into creamy Roast Beef Salad that’s perfect for sandwich fillings or a fancy cracker spread. Ready in under 5 minutes!
I make a roast with potatoes about once a month just so I can have the beef leftovers for this recipe.
It’s a little bit sweet from the pickle relish and salad dressing so it pairs perfectly with salty crackers. It’s also a perfect filling for a beef salad sandwich like your grandma used to make.
I have also been known to cook an entire roast just for this to serve as an appetizer spread for cocktail parties. People always ask where I bought it.
- Grind or finely mince 2 cups of leftover roast and 1 tablespoon of diced onion and place into mixing bowl. Also, grind or finely mince the sweet pickles now if using as a substitute. (Photo 1)
- Add 1/2 cup of salad dressing, like Miracle Whip, and 1 tablespoon of sweet pickle relish. (Photo 2)
- Mix to combine. Additional salad dressing can be added 1 tablespoon at a time if you want a wetter spread. (Photo 3)
- Taste it then add salt and ground pepper as needed.
Salad Dressing – I prefer mine a little on the sweeter side so I use, Miracle Whip. You can swap this out with mayonnaise. Anytime I use mayonnaise I always add a bit more relish or some sweet pickle juice.
Relish – You can also substitute this with a sweet pickle or two. Dice those up and grind them with the beef and diced onion. You’ll also want to add about a teaspoon of sweet pickle juice when adding the other ingredients.
Tips For Success
- Using a food processor or grinder are the simplest ways to grind your leftover roast.
- If you don’t have a processor or grinder, use a sharp knife to finely chop the beef.
- Add more salad dressing 1 tablespoon at a time if you want it “wetter”.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
I don’t recommend freezing because of the salad dressing, or mayonnaise. Those just don’t freeze well.
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Roast Beef Salad
- 2 cups leftover roast beef cubed
- 1 tablespoon diced onion
- 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
- 1/2 cup salad dressing i.e. Miracle Whip
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Add the leftover roast and onions to a food processer and pulse 10 to 12 times. Additional processing will result in a finer texture.
- Place the ground mixture into a mixing bowl and add the salad dressing and relish.
- Stir to combine.
- Taste the beef salad and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve as a sandwich filling or cracker spread.
Mayonnaise with additional pickle relish or sweet pickle juice can be used as a substitute for Miracle Whip.
1 sweet pickle or 2 midget sweet pickles finely minced plus 1 teaspoon of pickle juice can be used as a substitute for sweet pickle relish.
Serve as the filling for a roast beef salad sandwich or an appetizer cracker spread.
Originally Published October 2016.