Side Orders: Peanut butter flavors ham salad

Forks and plate
photo Anne Braly

What plans do you have for your leftover Christmas ham? Sandwiches? Maybe a ham-and-cheese omelet? If you've lost inspiration, here's a delicious suggestion: Ham salad with warm peanut dressing. It's something that will get you out of the holiday mode and into salad season, which is right on our heels. There's no better time than the present to start thinking about adding a lighter touch to your weekday menu.

For a more healthful offering, use natural peanut butter. It's a much better option, tasting like peanuts rather than all the sugar found in other peanut butters. Soy sauce and ginger give the dressing Asian flair, while lime juice adds a tart kick that marries beautifully with the peanut butter and counteracts the sometimes overly sweet taste of the mandarin oranges tossed with the ham and greens.