The Best Christmas Salad Recipes
How do you make your Christmas dinner merry and bright? Deck your table with one of these festive salads! From wreath-shaped plates of leafy greens to bowls of pasta salad dotted with holiday colors, these recipes are perfect for any celebration.
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This is the edible centerpiece your Christmas table needs. The beautiful, impressive salad is easy to prepare, but doesn't look that way. It conjures a wreath, with a center well of citrusy Champagne-vinegar dressing. The salad itself is studded with pomegranate seeds, feta, navel orange segments and quick-candied pecans, which add welcome crunch and spice, on a bed of frisée, peppery arugula and radicchio.
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Chopped Romaine and Radicchio Salad
Crushed pita chips stand in for croutons in Giada's quick, easy salad from Giada's Holiday Handbook. The dressing relies on Parmesan, whole-grain mustard, Champagne vinegar, olive oil and salt. The salad itself is a basil-studded blend of romaine, radicchio, cucumber and avocado.
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Christmas Pasta Salad
As festive as it is delicious, this Christmas pasta salad brings together the green, red and white of the holiday in edible form. Green comes from a bright broccoli-based pesto, and more blanched broccoli. Red is thanks to roasted red peppers. White comes from tiny mozzarella balls. Toss it all with mezze rigatoni and delight in the hidden vegetables.
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Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cranberries & Dijon Dressing
For a crunchy dish that pairs well with everything, toss shaved brussels sprouts with toasted hazelnuts, cranberries and a tangy Dijon dressing.
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Rosemary Citrus Salad
Greek yogurt, oranges and grapefruit come together in a beautiful side dish for Christmas brunch.
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Christmas Wreath Salad
Use kale, pine nuts, pickled peppers, fennel and dried cranberries to make Jeff Mauro's edible wreath tossed in a zippy lemon-Parmesan dressing.
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Arugula Salad with Blistered Grapes and Sparkling Wine Vinaigrette
Blistered grapes and a sparkling wine vinaigrette transform a simple salad into an extra-special holiday dish.
Jicama and Avocado Salad
For a simple side that’s excellent with tamales, toss together Valerie’s jicama and avocado salad. She flavors the salad with lime and orange juice, plus a pinch of cumin and coriander.
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Spiced Honey Fruit Salad with Pecans
Serve this sweet-and-spicy salad alongside a breakfast casserole, French toast or freshly baked cinnamon rolls.
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Roasted Caprese Salad
Incorporate sweetness into a classic caprese salad by roasting the tomatoes first. Creamy burrata and a drizzle of olive oil complete Giada’s five-star dish.
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This easy beet-based starter relies on a sherry vinegar dressing, peppery arugula and seasonal blood oranges for added flavor.
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Romaine Salad with Pear, Smoked Blue Cheese, and Candied Pecans
Toss romaine with pear, avocado, smoked blue cheese and candied pecans for a stunning salad that hits all the right notes.
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Perfect for an Italian-style feast, Valerie’s salad features salami, provolone and a Dijon vinaigrette.
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Blistered Baby Pepper Salad
Brown baby peppers for roughly 10 minutes, then toss with parsley, olives and capers for a simple salad that’s ready in a snap.
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Shaved Kale and Root Vegetable Salad
Guy's wintery salad packs a head of kale into Christmas dinner, with carrots, radishes, and red onion, as well as protein-rich quinoa, all tossed in a red wine vinaigrette.
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Pomegranate Ambrosia Salad
A fresh twist on the nostalgic ambrosia salad, Valerie’s recipe calls for pomegranate, fresh pineapple and just a pinch of ancho chile powder.
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Olive and Celery Salad with Roasted Red Peppers
Valerie’s red and green salad makes a beautiful dish for every Christmas table.
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Roasted Beet, Butternut Squash & Apple Salad
Evoke the feel and color of the season with roasted beets, tender butternut squash and cozy baked apples.
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Christmas Cobb Salad
This Christmas Cobb Salad pulls together warm, festive flavors, including Gouda, ham, pasta and garlicky marinated green beans, in a thyme-laced vinaigrette.
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Calamari, Tomato and Caper Salad
Ideal for a Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner, Giada's sautéed calamari salad is warm and pleasing, with a caper dressing.
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