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Christmas Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

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!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Salad, Christmas Salad Dressing, Green salad for Christmas Dinner
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 291 kcal
Author: Blair
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:
  1. 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.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients. Drizzle with Champagne Vinaigrette, to taste.
Recipe 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 Facts
Christmas Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 /6 of the salad and dressing)
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 401mg17%
Potassium 124mg4%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 935IU19%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.