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Roast Beef Salad Sandwich Spread

This Roast Beef Salad Sandwich Spread is a quick and easy way to turn leftover roast beef into something completely different and incredibly delicious. Use it to make sandwiches or spread it on your favorite crackers!

Finely chopped leftover roast beef mixed with creamy mayonnaise, crunchy celery and onions, and seasoned with salt and pepper… so simple, but so tasty. If you’ve never had roast beef salad, once you try it, you’ll be like, “Where the heck has this been my whole life?”

In fact, you might just find yourself making bigger roasts from now on so you can have enough leftovers to make it. I always do. We so look forward to it!

Now, if this is the first time you’re hearing about roast beef salad and it sounds weird to you, I get it. But, trust me, you just have to try it.

David introduced me to this dish many, many moons ago while we were still in college. He made it for lunch one day, and I’m pretty sure I gave him my confused, one-raised-eyebrow, what-you-talkin’-’bout-Willis? look when he told me what it was.

Sure, I loved chicken salad, egg salad, and tuna salad. But roast beef salad? Who ever heard of that? Not me. I thought it sounded odd. I don’t know why it did. It just did.

He told me it was a recipe that his grandmother made all the time, and he loved it, and everybody loved it, and he was sure that I would love it too.

And I did love it! It totally kicked the butt all of those other salads, and it became and remains my all-time favorite salad for making sandwiches. Thank you, Grandma Bert!

bowl of roast beef salad sandwich spread with a spoonful being taken out

Ingredients you need:

  • Leftover cooked roast beef
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper

Equipment you need:

  • Food processor (or heavy-duty blender)

Note: If you don’t have a food processor or heavy-duty blender, you can finely chop the roast beef by hand.

Here’s a look at how to make Roast Beef Salad Sandwich Spread:

two images, one of chunks of roast beef in a food processor with text that says cut leftover roast beef into chunks, put in food processor, the other of finely chopped roast beef in a food processor with text that says pulse until finely chopped
two images, one of chopped roast beef, celery, onions, and mayonnaise in a bowl with text that says place in a bowl, add celery, onions and mayonnaise, the other of the salad mixed together with salt and pepper shakers on the side with text that says stir until well combined, season with salt and pepper

Tips & Tidbits:

  • I prefer to use a roast that has been very simply seasoned with just with salt and pepper (which is how I usually make my roast beef) so that there are no other strong/competing flavors in my salad.
  • I use a food processor for this recipe because it makes such quick and easy work of finely chopping the roast beef all at once. If you don’t have one…
    • David said his grandma used a blender. I haven’t tried this. If you do, I would probably recommend using a heavy-duty blender that can handle chopping the meat. You may also need to cut the chunks smaller and/or process in smaller batches.
    • Of course, you can finely chop the meat by hand. It will just take a little longer.
  • This isn’t a super mayonaisse-y salad (because that’s how we like it best), so feel free to add more if you’d like.
  • You can eat it immediately, or you can let it chill out in the fridge for a few hours before serving. It does get better as it sits!
  • Leftover roast beef will last for up to 3 to 4 days (covered) in the refrigerator, so just remember to start counting from the day you made the roast and not the day you made the salad.
roast beef salad sandwich spread on a bun with lettuce

I really enjoy a simple roast beef salad sandwich with just a little lettuce for extra crunch either on a potato bun, like you see above, or between two slices of lightly toasted bread. And spreading it on a simple saltine cracker is just super yummy.

Doing low-carb? Use this salad as the filling for lettuce wraps, or just place a scoop on a bed of lettuce.

I hope you try this recipe for Roast Beef Salad Sandwich Spread and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!

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Roast Beef Salad Sandwich Spread

This Roast Beef Salad Sandwich Spread is a quick and easy way to turn leftover roast beef into something completely different and incredibly delicious. Use it to make sandwiches or spread it on your favorite crackers!
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Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 (about ½ cup each)
Estimated Calories: 284

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cold leftover cooked roast beef
  • ½ cup finely diced celery
  • ¼ cup finely diced onions
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Chop the roast beef into large chunks (about 1-inch pieces).
  • Place the roast beef chunks in a food processor fit with the metal blade. Pulse until the meat is finely chopped into small pieces (be careful not to take it too far and turn it into a paste; you still want it to have a nice texture).
  • Transfer the chopped roast beef into a large bowl. Add the diced celery, onions, and mayonnaise; stir until well-combined.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Use to make sandwiches, or you can spread it on crackers.

Notes

  • I prefer to use a roast that has been very simply seasoned with just with salt and pepper so that there are no other strong/competing flavors in my salad.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, you can try using a heavy-duty blender (you may need to cut the meat into smaller chunks and/or process it in smaller batches), or you can finely chop the roast beef by hand. 
  • This isn’t a super mayonaisse-y salad, so feel free to add more if you’d like.
  • You can eat it immediately, or you can let it chill out in the fridge for a few hours before serving. It does get better as it sits!
  • Leftover roast beef will last for up to 3 to 4 days (covered) in the refrigerator, so just remember to start counting from the day you made the roast and not the day you made the salad.
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Recipe Rating




Maria

Monday 10th of July 2023

Thank you for sharing! I made mine using my own homemade mayonnaise (it's a little tangier than store bought, but not sweet at all) and threw in 4 pickled peperoncini. Otherwise, I followed your recipe exactly. It is absolutely delicious! 🥰

Michelle

Tuesday 11th of July 2023

Thank you, Maria! So happy you enjoyed it!

Julie Iamele

Monday 3rd of April 2023

I never knew this was an actual recipe; Mom frequently made a roast on Sunday (beef, lamb, pork or ham) and by Wednesday we'd have chopped meat sandwiches in the lunchbox. Hew version, and now mine, includes mayo, onion, pickle relish and salt & pepper served on white bread. I really enjoy seeing the other versions and can't wait to try them!

Michelle

Monday 3rd of April 2023

Thanks for sharing your version of this salad, Julie! It sounds delicious, and I'll have to try it. Hope you give this one a try and enjoy it!

Elizabeth Caudill

Tuesday 7th of February 2023

Michelle, I first tried "Beef salad" like your recipe at an Amish run restaurant in Lancaster County PA about 35 years ago. I still remember sitting at a long wooden table with my parents and other families that we did not know. The young lady that was serving us brought out a dish of what she called Beef Salad. It was so good! I have looked through the years in Amish cookbooks but never seen this. Thanks for the recipe and a walk down memory lane. Elizabeth

Michelle

Tuesday 7th of February 2023

Hi, Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing this story...it's so awesome how food can evoke such wonderful memories from our past!

Fatzinger Diana

Sunday 11th of December 2022

This is the exact recipe I was looking for. I think that anyone who’s ever had a roast beef sandwich would know how good this must be. I’m a Hellman’s (or Best Foods) fan. Thanks, Michelle

Michelle

Sunday 11th of December 2022

Thank you, Diana! I'm so glad you found this recipe! I'm a Hellman's fan as well. I tried Duke's recently, and it's really good too!

Ann Jones

Wednesday 10th of August 2022

This was delicious. I did add a tsp. Sriracha sauce and it was a little tangy and made a great sandwich spread. It was delicious without the sauce too!!

Michelle

Wednesday 10th of August 2022

Thank you, Ann! I'm so glad you enjoyed it (I'll have to try adding a little sriracha sometime!), and I appreciate you taking the time to comment and rate the recipe!