Easy Holiday Salad Recipe

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    I’m mixing up my favorite salads for the holidays. This time of year, cranberries are everywhere. They are the perfect addition to a holiday salad for late Fall and early winter. At my last wedding, the caterer made a salad I just couldn’t stop eating! She made a vodka cranberry vinaigrette. Of course, I went home and started working on recreating it. Surprisingly, I’ve never infused vodkas before, but it’s simple.

    holiday salad recipe with vodka cranberry vinaigrette

    The vodka cranberry vinaigrette is so flavorful, it doesn’t require much else. Pepper, tomatoes, cheese…your pick.

    easy & flavorful salad for the holidays

    Flavorful Holiday Salad

    Course Salad
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes


    • 3 tablespoons infused vodka {see next recipe}
    • 1/2 c olive oil
    • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
    • 5 cracks of pepper
    • blue cheese
    • mixed greens


    1. Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well. Toss with mixed greens and add blue cheese. Crack additional pepper to taste.


    To make cranberry infused vodka you’ll need:

    1/2 c cranberries

    1/8 c sugar

    1 Tbsp water

    1 c vodka

    In a small saucepan, heat cranberries, sugar and water until the cranberries begin to pop. To speed the infusion process, press a wooden spoon on the cranberries and stir well. Pour vodka into a sealable glass jar. Add cranberry mixture and refrigerate 2 days. Strain and store up to a month.

    Click here for another favorite fall salad and look for more of this pretty table setting on Better Homes and Gardens Style Spotters tomorrow!



    Photo Credit: Wheat Photo

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