Christmas Salad

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  • A fun and festive Christmas Salad that looks as good as it tastes. This Christmas wreath salad is always memorable and is quick and easy to make!

    christmas salad

    ‘Tis the season to be festive! I started my career in college working part-time during the holidays at a catering company whose philosophy was that food should always look as good as it tastes. I couldn’t agree more.

    christmas wreath salad

    It’s fun to make a festive dish or two and this Christmas Salad wows every time and requires very minimal time and effort!

    christmas salad in wreath shape

    Cranberries and nuts are a some of my favorite ingredients to integrate into Christmas dishes. Paired with balls of goat cheese, spinach leaves and a delicious raspberry vinaigrette, in the shape of a wreath, this Christmas Salad is one to remember. You can even sweeten it up by making candied walnuts!

    christmas salad wreaths

    This Christmas Salad comes together quickly – in less than 10 minutes from start to finish and feeds a crowd of 10-12!

    You’ll never dread being asked to bring a salad to Christmas again!

    christmas salad with cranberries

    A festive Christmas wreath salad is best served on a round platter, large plates, or a chip and dip bowl. Anything with a little lip is idea to hold the lettuce in. If you don’t have one, here are a few options that can be shipped and received within 2 days!

    Keep reading for the printable Christmas salad recipe!

    christmas salad

    How to Make a Christmas Wreath Salad

    cranberry salad in shape of wreath

    It’s so simple – first, decide if you want to toss it in dressing or serve dressing in a bowl in the center of your wreath salad.

    1. Toss your greens with cranberries and nuts. Shape into a wreath on your platter. You can use a bowl, jar or sour cream container to help you shape if you prefer.
    2. Top with cranberries.
    3. Top with nuts.
    4. Roll goat cheese into small balls and add to your wreath.
    5. Serve and enjoy!

    cranberry salad wreath

    I make this Cranberry and Walnut Christmas Salad with a raspberry vinaigrette, but you can make it with a white wine vinaigrette, red wine vinaigrette or balsamic vinaigrette as well.

    Christmas Salad

    A fun and festive Christmas Salad that looks as good as it tastes. This Christmas wreath salad is always memorable and is quick and easy to make!

    Course Salad
    Cuisine American
    Keyword christmas, easy recipe, salad
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Servings 12


    • 10 oz spinach
    • 1/2 c dried cranberries
    • 1/4 c walnuts
    • 3 oz goat cheese


    • 1/2 c raspberry vinegar
    • 1/4 c olive oil
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 2 tsp dijon mustard


    1. Combine vinaigrette ingredients, shake or whisk well.

    2. Toss spinach (and cranberries and walnuts if you want more) in vinaigrette.

    3. Shape into a wreath on platters or large plates.

    4. Top with cranberries and walnuts.

    5. Roll small amounts of goat cheese into balls and adorn your salad wreath.

    Recipe Notes

    Can substitute dressing with balsamic vinaigrette, red white vinaigrette, or white wine vinaigrette.


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