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Winter Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Cooling Time
15 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

This hearty Winter Salad is tossed with a light citrus vinaigrette and loaded with bacon, cranberries, red onion, toasted pecans and crumbled feta cheese!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Salad, citrus vinaigrette, winter salad
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 296.9 kcal
Author: Blair
Ingredients
FOR THE SALAD:
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 (5 ounce) container fresh baby spinach
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ of a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, toasted pecans
FOR THE CITRUS VINAIGRETTE:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice + ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon minced green onions
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Place all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.

  2. Place all of the dressing ingredients in a mason jar, seal the lid, and shake until completely combined. Drizzle over the salad, toss, and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes
  • I used a 5-ounce container of baby spinach leaves here, but you can increase the amount of spinach (and other toppings) to accommodate the size of your group.
  • If you like a lot of dressing, or if you're doubling or tripling the salad ingredients to serve a larger crowd, you can easily double or triple the dressing ingredients as well.
  • 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.
  • Add sliced pear to the salad.
  • Substitute fresh pomegranate seeds in lieu of the cranberries.
  • Use goat cheese or blue cheese instead of the feta cheese.
  • Swap out the pecans and use chopped walnuts or slivered almonds instead.
  • Champagne vinaigrette, poppy seed dressing, or balsamic vinaigrette would all be great winter salad dressings as well.
  • Prep ahead! Make sure that you allow enough time to cook and cool the bacon, and to toast and cool the nuts before assembling the salad. For a shortcut, you can purchase pre-cooked bacon at the grocery store. To quickly “toast” nuts in the microwave, place nuts in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals, just until golden brown and fragrant (this usually takes a total of about 1 minute).
  • Make it a meal! Add some rotisserie or other cooked chicken to the salad and serve it as a light entree. The salad is delicious paired with corn muffins or warm bread.
Nutrition Facts
Winter Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 of the salad and dressing)
Calories 296.9 Calories from Fat 197
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.9g34%
Saturated Fat 5.5g34%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 12.4g
Cholesterol 19.2mg6%
Sodium 790.1mg34%
Potassium 250.9mg7%
Carbohydrates 21.7g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 17.1g19%
Protein 5.2g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.