Christmas Salad Recipes

Whether you're looking for a kale Brussels sprout salad or a Christmas fruit salad, we've got you covered with our favorite Christmas salad recipes. They're fresh, healthy and the perfect way to round out your holiday meal!

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Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad

Rating: 5 stars
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This festive holiday salad recipe features plenty of oven-roasted broccoli and cauliflower combined with massaged kale. Why massage the kale? It helps tenderize the leaves and infuses the sweet-tangy flavor of the dressing directly into the heart of this healthy winter salad.

Warm Pear & Spinach Salad with Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette

Rating: 4 stars
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Mature, larger-leaved spinach holds up better to the warm bacon vinaigrette than baby spinach in this healthy spinach salad recipe. If you don't want the spinach to wilt, let the dressing cool before tossing it with the salad.

Apple, Fig & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Rating: 4 stars
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Salad dressing made from sweet and mellow white balsamic vinegar balances out the assertive greens and Brussels sprouts in this healthy winter salad. If you have one handy, a small mandoline makes it easy to slice the Brussels and apple. To make it a dinner salad, top with shrimp or chicken.

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Rating: 5 stars
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This raw Brussels sprouts salad featuring shaved Brussels sprouts, toasted pecans, sweet-tart cranberries and nutty Parmesan cheese is tossed with a light and lemony vinaigrette. You can shave the Brussels sprouts using a chef's knife--or use the slicing attachment of your food processor to make it even easier. This quick and easy recipe is perfect for fall or anytime you have crisp, fresh Brussels sprouts on hand.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Rating: 5 stars
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Classic broccoli salad, the perfect dish for a potluck, is updated with cauliflower, bacon and a sprinkle of crunchy sunflower seeds in this so-easy recipe that's sure to be a new picnic favorite.

Kale, Carrot & Apple Salad

Rating: 4 stars
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Emerald-green lacinato kale is the star of this healthy kale salad, tossed with an easy maple, mustard and apple cider vinaigrette and studded with crisp apples. Toss or massage the kale with the dressing about 30 minutes before you're ready to serve. The sturdy kale leaves won't wilt from the dressing and will taste even better after they've been marinated in it.

Quick Broccoli Slaw

Use up unused broccoli stems by making your own broccoli slaw instead of using the bagged slaw in this easy potluck favorite. Trim and peel the stalks with a vegetable peeler, then cut 3 cups of matchsticks with the julienne blade on a mandoline or by hand.

Massaged Kale Salad

Rating: 4.71 stars
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Here a pungent garlicky dressing is infused into kale by massaging the greens and the dressing together with your hands. Any type of kale will work in this kale salad recipe, just remember to remove the tough stems before you start.

"Use a Spoon" Chopped Salad

Rating: 4.57 stars
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When Paul Newman and Michel Nischan opened their Westport, Connecticut, restaurant Dressing Room, Paul's request was that the menu always include a chopped salad that you could eat with a spoon. This chopped salad recipe is full of great flavors, colors and textures, featuring celery, carrots, red pepper, apple, cucumber, greens, cabbage, goat cheese and almonds. This is great for any holiday meal: you can let it stand and it stays crisp.

Orange & Avocado Salad

Rating: 4.75 stars
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This colorful salad would be a welcome addition to a Mexican-inspired meal.

Beet Salad

Rating: 4.13 stars
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It's time we rescued beets from our childhood nightmares--when they were little better than bland wedges scooped out of a can. Roasted beets are delightful, sweet but very earthy and aromatic--great for a side salad.

Balsamic Berry Vinaigrette Winter Salad

Rating: 4.75 stars
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This festive salad features colorful greens, fruit and cheese tossed with a light and zesty dressing.
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Inspiration and Ideas

23 Showstopping Christmas Salad Recipes

These Christmas salad recipes are filled with fresh, beautiful and festive ingredients and are so delicious that your guests will be asking for seconds.

Balsamic Berry Vinaigrette Winter Salad

The easy homemade berry balsamic dressing in this sweet & savory salad recipe is so good you'll be licking it off your fingers! Plus, it makes enough vinaigrette for two uses.

Baby Beet Greens with Spicy Mediterranean Vinaigrette

This unusual salad ties together earthy greens, sweet-tart cranberries, smoky cheese and crunchy croutons with a spicy-sweet dressing. Baby chard and beet greens have bright-colored ribs and veins, which give this salad a beautiful look.