Easy Christmas Salad Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Nov 06, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Dec 13, 2018 | By: Julie Blanner

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! Perfect to serve as a holiday appetizer or as a side dish.

christmas salad in shape of a wreath with goat cheese cranberries and nuts to look like berries

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

To Make This Christmas Salad Wreath, You Will Need:

This salad requires just a few ingredients

  • Spinach
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Walnuts
  • Goat cheese

For the vinaigrette:

  • Raspberry vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Sugar
  • Dijon mustard

Christmas wreath salad in a white bowl with salad servers

How to Make This Christmas Salad

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!

Recipe Variations

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.

artfully displayed salads on white platters

What Do You Serve The Salad In?

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 spinach in. If you don’t have one, here are a few options that can be shipped and received within 2 days!

An Easy Side Salad That’s Perfect For Christmas

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! You can make the salad ahead of time and keep it covered in the fridge, then add the dressing just before serving.

2 christmas wreath salads on white platters

A Simple Salad Topped With Cranberries and Nuts

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!

A Crowd Pleasing Salad

People’s eyes literally light up when I serve this salad to the table. It looks like you’ve spent hours on it and it’s perfectly festive. It’s so fun that even the kids will dig into it!

a spinach salad with cranberries goat cheese balls and nuts in the shape of a christmas wreath

Top Tips To Make This Christmas Salad Recipe

  • You can make the vinaigrette ahead of time and keep it in a sealed jar in the fridge for several days, just shake before use.
  • You can make the salad ahead of time and drizzle the vinaigrette over it just before serving.
  • Use the freshest and best quality ingredients you can, preferably organic.

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christmas salad in shape of a wreath with goat cheese cranberries and nuts to look like berries

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!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 12
Calories: 99kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces spinach
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 3 ounces goat cheese

Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard

Instructions

  • Combine vinaigrette ingredients, shake or whisk well.
  • Toss spinach (and cranberries and walnuts if you want more) in vinaigrette.
  • Shape 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.

Notes

Can substitute dressing with balsamic vinaigrette, red white vinaigrette, or white wine vinaigrette.
  • You can make the vinaigrette ahead of time and keep it in a sealed jar in the fridge for several days, just shake before use.
  • You can make the salad ahead of time and drizzle the vinaigrette over it just before serving.
  • Use the freshest and best quality ingredients you can, preferably organic.

Nutrition

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
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