Serve a fun and festive Christmas Salad Wreath this holiday season! This crowd pleasing salad is fresh, flavorful and always a crowd pleaser.

Easy Christmas salad with cranberries and walnuts on two plates.
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When I was in college, I spent holiday breaks working for a caterer whose philosophy was that food should always look as good as it tastes. I incorporate that philosophy into all of my easy recipes, including this Christmas Salad!

It is fun, fresh and festive. It requires minimal time, effort and cleanup ! You’ll never dread being asked to bring a salad to Christmas again!

Easy Christmas salad featuring spinach, walnuts, and cranberries.
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Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Easy – This salad requires just a few ingredients.
  • Beautiful – It’s gorgeous in a wreath shape, but equally beautiful in your favorite salad bowl.
  • Flexible – Want to take a shortcut? Use your favorite bottled salad dressing or mix it up with a Pomegranate Vinaigrette.
  • Make Ahead – Refrigerate, drizzle with dressing and serve.

Shopping List

  • Spinach
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Walnuts
  • Goat Cheese
  • Raspberry Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Sugar
  • Dijon Mustard
An easy Christmas salad featuring a plate of spinach salad topped with walnuts and cranberries, resembling a festive Christmas wreath.

Variations

Top it off with candied walnuts for a sweet crunch.

I make this Cranberry and Walnut Christmas Salad with a raspberry vinaigrette, but you can make mix it up with your favorite homemade dressings!

Vinaigrette Alternatives

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Make Ahead

  • Assemble the salad, cover and refrigerate.
  • Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a sealed jar. Refrigerate, shake and drizzle onto salad to serve.
Christmas Salad with spinach, walnuts, and cranberries.
An easy Christmas salad featuring a plate of spinach salad topped with walnuts and cranberries, resembling a festive Christmas wreath.

Serving Platters

Any round food safe plate or platter will do!

To Store

  • At Room Temperature – This spinach salad can remain at room temperature for up to two hours while serving.
  • Refrigerate – Once the spinach is coated in dressing, it will wilt as it’s stored. It can be kept up to two days in the refrigerator after serving. However, if you want to prep this salad ahead of time, just make the dressing up to five days ahead!
A plate with a Christmas Salad featuring spinach, cranberries and walnuts, beautifully arranged like a festive Christmas wreath.
5 from 3 votes

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!
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
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Ingredients  

Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup raspberry vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon white granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard

Salad

  • 10 ounces fresh spinach
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 3 ounces goat cheese

Instructions 

  • Add vinegar, olive oil, sugar and dijon mustard to a sealable jar or bowl. Seal and shake vigoursly or stir with a whisk to combine.
  • In a large bowl, add spinach (and cranberries and walnuts if you want more). Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss.
  • Shape salad into a wreath on platters or large plates.
  • Top with cranberries and walnuts.
  • Roll small amounts of goat cheese into balls and adorn your salad wreath.

Julie’s Tips

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2288IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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2 Comments

    1. Hi Robyn!
      There are a few round platters linked in the “serving suggestions” portion of this post.
      I hope that helps – enjoy!
      Julie