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Full of beautiful flavors and textures from pomegranate, red grapes, candied pecans, pears, and cheese, this Christmas Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette is an easy, festive recipe for your holiday table!

Overhead image of Christmas Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette in a silver bowl

What is Christmas Salad?

An easy Christmas green salad recipe just rounds out your holiday meal, and offers the perfect fresh touch to a table full of rich, decadent treats. This green Christmas salad is full of delicious ingredients that taste fancy and special, but it’s simple to pull together in minutes!

The homemade Champagne Vinaigrette adds the best sweet-and-tangy celebratory flavor to the seasonal dish, which works well for holiday parties, Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas dinner, or New Year’s Eve.

Bowl of christmas salad with pomegranate seeds

How to Make Christmas Salad:

Let’s start with the dressing! The Champagne Vinaigrette requires just a few basic pantry staples, which you can shake or whisk together in advance.

If you can’t find champagne vinegar at your store, you can substitute with white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar.

Quick tip: if you don’t want to bother with making your own homemade salad dressing, you can always take a shortcut and purchase a really good Champagne Vinaigrette at the grocery store (nobody needs to know)! This one’s a great option.

Champagne vinaigrette for christmas salad

Once you’ve got the dressing ready to go, it’s really just a matter of assembling the salad ingredients. I love the sweet, spicy crunch of these easy Candied Pecans on top of the salad. Again, if you want a shortcut, feel free to purchase candied pecans at the grocery store!

Copper bowl of candied pecans for salad

The rest of the salad ingredients include sliced pear (or apple, if you prefer), red grapes, fresh pomegranate seeds (if you can find them), lettuce, and blue cheese.

The pomegranate seeds look like bright red jewels on the salad, but I often have trouble finding them in my local rural grocer, so I’ve substituted with dried cranberries here. They work nicely, too!

Overhead image of green salad for Christmas dinner

COOK’S TIPS AND RECIPE VARIATIONS — FESTIVE HOLIDAY SALAD:

  • Prepare the dressing in advance and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Allow the dressing to come to room temperature at least 30 minutes before serving, and whisk or shake at the last minute to combine.
  • If you can’t find champagne vinegar, you can substitute with white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar.
  • If you can’t find pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries are a great substitute!
  • You can use feta cheese or goat cheese instead of the blue cheese, if you prefer.
  • Wait to add the sliced pear (or apple) at the end (to prevent browning).
  • Garnish with candied pecans just before serving so that the nuts don’t get soggy.
  • Wait to dress with Champagne Vinaigrette just before serving.

Cheers, and happy holidays!

Pouring champagne vinaigrette on Christmas Salad

Looking for even more Christmas salad recipes? Try these:

Christmas Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 291 kcal
Full of beautiful flavors and textures from pomegranate, red grapes, candied pecans, pears, and cheese, this Christmas Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette is an easy, festive recipe for your holiday table!

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups spring mix lettuce greens
  • ½ cup halved red grapes
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese (or substitute with feta cheese or goat cheese)
  • ½ cup candied pecans*
  • 1 ripe pear, thinly sliced (or substitute with thinly sliced apple)

For the Champagne Vinaigrette:

  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon minced or grated fresh garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil

Instructions

For the Vinaigrette:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, Dijon, garlic, salt, pepper, and champagne vinegar. Continue whisking and slowly stir in olive oil until dressing emulsifies.
  • In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients. Drizzle with Champagne Vinaigrette, to taste.

Notes

*You can purchase candied pecans, or you can make a batch of candied pecans using this easy 5-minute recipe.
COOK'S TIPS AND RECIPE VARIATIONS:
  • Prepare the dressing in advance and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Allow the dressing to come to room temperature at least 30 minutes before serving, and whisk or shake at the last minute to combine.
  • If you can't find champagne vinegar, you can substitute with white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar.
  • If you can't find pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries are a great substitute!
  • You can use feta cheese or goat cheese instead of the blue cheese, if you prefer.
  • Wait to add the sliced pear (or apple) at the end (to prevent browning).
  • Garnish with candied pecans just before serving so that the nuts don't get soggy.
  • Wait to dress with Champagne Vinaigrette just before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of the salad and dressingCalories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 3gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 401mgPotassium: 124mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 935IUVitamin C: 2.8mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword: Christmas Salad, Christmas Salad Dressing, Green salad for Christmas Dinner
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

This post was originally published in December, 2013. It was updated in December, 2018.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website.

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