Leftover Roast Beef Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms and Soft Goat Cheese

I don’t think I ever managed to make roast beef without generating leftovers.

Not even when I was making it for a family of four…

So imagine now that I’m making roast beef for one! I get to eat nothing BUT roast beef for an entire week! Thank goodness I never really minded eating the same thing several days in a row…

In fact, I sometimes find it easier that way and rather enjoy it.

Still, I have to try and find creative ways to use the meat, especially ways that don’t make use of bread or pasta.

Gotta keep them carbs in check, you see?

Roast Beef Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms and Goat Cheese | By Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

So what to do with beef that doesn’t use bread or pasta…

A salad?

With beef?

Really?

Roast Beef Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms and Goat Cheese | By Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Hmmm, why not? Sure is worth a shot…

I’ve been having TONS of salads with chicken, eggs, tuna, shrimp and salmon before, but I never even considered adding beef to them.

Well, I’ve only got one thing to say, and that is: I’m sorry I didn’t do this earlier!

Wow, was that salad ever satisfying.

Roast Beef Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms and Goat Cheese | By Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

The meaty flavor and texture of the shiitake mushrooms paired with the creamy, tangy goat cheese went perfectly well with the robustness of the beef. No dressing was required here, other than a little bit of balsamic vinegar and a little squirt of lime juice.

Oh, and a little sprinkling of freshly cracked black pepper to top it all off… it was just perfect!

I know, some of you are probably thinking that beef isn’t the healthiest of options, but as long as you choose a lean cut, you’re looking at an excellent source of protein. Whenever I make roast beef, I opt for what is known around here as a French Roast, which is in fact from the inside round.

That would be the leanest cut you can get.

Lucky for me, it also happens to be one of my favorites!

As you can see, I like my beef on the extreme rare side, but of course, feel free to cook yours a little more if you like.

Roast Beef Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms and Goat Cheese | By Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Also, I used leftovers for this salad, but I feel it would be equally good, if not better, with roast beef that’s fresh out of the oven, all nice and warm and juicy…

I think that a warm balsamic reduction over cold slices of meat would also work magically well.

Oh, and blue cheese instead of chèvre would be delicious too!

An orange and rosemary vinaigrette? Oh yeah!

Oh, the possibilities!

Why do I get the feeling I’ll be making another roast soon?

Leftover Roast Beef Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms and Soft Goat Cheese

Yield: Serves 1

Leftover Roast Beef Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms and Soft Goat Cheese

INGREDIENTS

  • 150g leftover cooked roast beef (from inside round)
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 100g fresh shiiake mushrooms
  • 30g unripened soft goat cheese
  • 1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Lime juice to taste
  • Pinch freshly cracked black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice the shiitake mushrooms and cook them in a non stick pan over medium high heat until nice and golden on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  2. While the mushrooms are cooking, slice the roast beef as thinly as you can; reserve.
  3. Place mixed greens at the bottom of a shallow plate.
  4. Arrange your slices of beef in the center of the pile of greens.
  5. Add shiitake mushrooms and soft goat cheese.
  6. Drizzle balsamic vinegar and lime juice to taste over the whole salad.
  7. Sprinkle with freshly cracked black pepper if desired.
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Roast Beef Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms and Goat Cheese | By Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Roast Beef Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms and Goat Cheese | By Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

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Comments

  1. says

    MMMMMMMMMM I have personally always adored salads with left over beef. In the summer, nothing pairs better than beef, red onion, tomato, and balsamic vinegar; but I love your use of mushrooms here! Will have to try soon

    • says

      I sure wish I had discovered that “combo” way before. Now I’m wanting to have all sorts of salads with beef. And now you just inspired me even more with your salad description… and I don’t think that I’ll be waiting for summer to get back before I give it a try! ;)

  2. Donna says

    Yet another stunner offering…perfect for this time of year and a fabulous foil to counteract all the carb-laden recipes being foisted upon us as the holiday season kicks in!…Question..IS it indeed POSSIBLE that the caloric calculations were OVERESTIMATED?…Considering your lean choice of beef and the relatively small quantities of fat (fresh,unripened goat cheese is actually quite low in calories..it doesn’t seem as if the numbers should be where they are?…Anyway..this will definitely be appearing on our table at lunch or dinner…As it is beautiful, simple, satisfying and healthy!! Thanks for another winner Sonia! (Your orange/rosemary combo sounds ideal with this…and roquette for salad..)

    • says

      Awww, thank you so much Donna! You’re right, that calorie count may seem a little high, but I think it’s fairly accurate. According to most sources I checked, inside round clocks in at around 2 calories per gram, and there are 150 of them! Then you need to add the goat cheese, which is close to 75 calories… they tend to add up fast, you know! ;)

      And now you really got me wanting to give the orange rosemary combo a try. With fresh arugula. And orange supremes. Oh my. Has to be good! Has to.

  3. says

    Ah a girl after my own heart… extremely rare roast beef on a salad. YES!! This is one of my favourite meals. Thanks for reminding me… mmmm – I’m thinkin’ a nice roast beef for dinner tonight and salad tomorrow. Lovely!

    Thanks for another great post.

    Cath

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