Waving the Magic Leftover Wand

When we had our 4th of July feast A Feast for the 4th we cooked a ton of food for only a small gathering. This means we had a ton of leftovers to go through as well. As usual, when I am in this situation, which happens quite often, I call on The Queen of Leftovers to come over and wave her magic leftover wand to create delicious recreations out of the “firstovers”. She never lets me down, and once again, she came to the rescue. Out of a wide range of leftovers, “we” came up with a delicious cool summer salad.

I cut up my lettuce, used some of my tomato slices and red onions, and my corn salad along with some of the smoked chicken to create this deliciously cool summer salad. Larry likes cheese on his salads, I don’t, but I like avocado slices on mine and he doesn’t. Other than those minor differences, our salads were the same. I also topped mine with some roasted pepita seeds. Our dressing was my leftover lemon caper dressing Mediterranean Steak Salad with Caper Vinaigrette. It was so cool and refreshing and was just perfect for dinner at the end of a scorcher of a day.

Once everything was cut up, I just started layering it all until my salads were made, then added the dressing. All that was needed was some bread, which were again leftover brioche hamburger buns, and some cool crisp chardonnay on the side. I cleaned out a lot of my leftovers and dinner was only minutes away. On a hot summer’s day, this is my favorite way to “cook”. 🙂

There is absolutely no need to slave away in a hot kitchen worrying about what to have for dinner. Keep it cool and keep it simple and just enjoy the “fruits of your labor”, while still enjoying the day. 🙂

Stay cool, stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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