Dec 7, 2021 by Hannah Sunderani
Hi friends! Today I’m sharing a very easy holiday salad recipe! This is a festive side salad for you to serve at your holiday gathering. Made with pomegranate, avocado, clementine, toasted almonds, mixed greens, and an orange vinaigrette to drizzle. It’s bright, refreshing and crunchy, served alongside with a sweet citrus vinaigrette.
I love this salad recipe because it’s so easy to make, which is much appreciated when you have a million other dishes to prep for your festivities. Yet, this salad still brings the wow-factor worthy of a Christmas feast. This salad is bright and refreshing, which nicely offsets those heavier dishes.
So, let me tell you exactly how to make this salad so that you can make it pronto!
This holiday salad is:
All-in-all, it’s a great way to start your holiday festivities. We always start our Christmas dinner with salad and soup. And this salad is just perfect!
This holiday salad is so easy to make! It takes minutes. Which is exactly what we want when we have a million and one dishes to prepare for our holiday gathering. (Don’t worry, I got you covered).
To make this salad, start by preparing the orange vinaigrette. Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. You can choose to either toss the greens in the dressing, or leave it on the side for people to serve themselves.
(Personally, I prefer the later so that the salad and dressing can be prepared in advance, and you can pack up leftovers to enjoy next day. Otherwise the leaves get too wilted to last more than a few hours. Here’s some other tips from Bon Appetit for how to keep leftover salad from getting soggy).
Then, we’ll toast the almonds in a skillet on medium-high heat until fragrant, this takes no longer than 5 to 7 minutes.
Finally, we’ll add all the salad ingredients to a large serving bowl, along with the toasted almonds.
This salad can be prepared a few hours in advance! My recommendation is to keep the dressing on the side, so that the salad can last longer without wilting.
Once you’ve prepared the salad it’s helpful to cover the salad bowl in wrap and place in a cool area to keep crisp. Either a fridge or cold room work well for this.
The citrus vinaigrette can also be prepared 2 to 3 days in advance. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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And, if you haven’t checked out some of my meatless mains, my nut roast or vegan lentil loaf is a great alternative to turkey. I’ve served them for Christmas and Thanksgiving and they were a huge hit – even with the non-vegans.
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So there we have it we have it, a delicious and easy holiday salad recipe for you to enjoy at your festive gatherings. It’s the perfect starter served with soup to enjoy with your loved ones.
If you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have. And of course, tag me on Instagram with your pictures using the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.