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December 20, 2023

Christmas Salad

Our Christmas Salad is full of dazzling colors and textures with citrus, pomegranate, and almonds, and looks gorgeous served center stage on your holiday table.

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Christmas Salad on a platter made with spinach, arugula, feta, clementines, pomegranates, almond, chives and citrus dressing
Photography by Gayle McLeod

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A Bright And Easy Salad For The Holidays

This winter salad is fresh and full of flavors that awaken the senses–lively citrus and pomegranate with crispy greens in a zesty dressing are just what we’re craving this time of year. It all comes together with this easy salad that’s perfect for entertaining during the holidays. Pair it with any of our 20 Best Christmas Appetizers, 10 Festive Holiday Drinks, and any main course recipe from our archive.

ingredients for a christmas salad in prep bowls: spinach, arugula, feta, clementines, pomegranates, almonds and chives

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Ingredients For The Best Christmas Salad

  • For the dressing: olive oil, vinegar, clementine zest, clementine juice, honey, Dijon, shallots, salt, and pepper

  • For the salad: spinach, arugula, feta, clementines, pomegranates, almonds, and chives

olive oil, vinegar, clementine zest, clementine juice, honey, Dijon, shallots, salt, & pepper being combined in a glass bowl
olive oil, vinegar, clementine zest, clementine juice, honey, Dijon, shallots, salt, & pepper being whisked in a glass bowl

How To Make This Winter Christmas Salad

  1. Make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, clementine zest, clementine juice, honey, Dijon, shallots, salt, and pepper until emulsified.

  2. Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, combine the spinach, arugula, feta, clementines, pomegranates, almonds, and chives (if using). Drizzle with the dressing and toss to coat.

Christmas Salad being assembled with spinach, arugula, feta, clementines, pomegranates, almonds and chives
Christmas Salad being assembled with spinach, arugula, feta, clementines, pomegranates, almonds and chives

How to Store Leftovers + Tips

  • Any citrus will work in this salad–oranges, Satsuma, or Mandarin oranges are all great. If you’re working with citrus that has a tougher pith than clementines, we recommend supreming the fruit–that is, cutting the flesh of the citrus from the skin using a sharp paring knife.

  • Don’t have white wine vinegar? Swap in raw apple cider vinegar, champagne vinegar, or rice vinegar.

  • Leftovers are best eaten within 1-2 days, before the greens start to wilt too much. We don’t recommend freezing this salad.

salad dressing made with olive oil, vinegar, clementine zest, clementine juice, honey, Dijon, shallots, salt, & pepper
Christmas Salad on a platter made with spinach, arugula, feta, clementines, pomegranates, almond, chives and citrus dressing

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Christmas Salad

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  0 min
  • Calories: 236

Ingredients

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (see Note)
  • 1 teaspoon grated clementine zest
  • ⅓ cup fresh clementine juice (from about 6 clementines)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 5 ounces baby spinach (about 4 cups)
  • 5 ounces baby arugula (about 3 cups)
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta or goat cheese
  • 6 clementines, segmented
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds or craisins
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup minced chives (optional)

Method

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, clementine zest, clementine juice, honey, Dijon, shallots, salt, and pepper until emulsified.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, arugula, feta, clementines, pomegranates, almonds, and chives (if using). Drizzle with the dressing and toss to coat.


Note: Don’t have white wine vinegar? Swap in raw apple cider vinegar, champagne vinegar, or rice vinegar.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories236
  • Protein5 g
  • Carbohydrates14 g
  • Total Fat19 g
  • Dietary Fiber3 g
  • Cholesterol8 mg
  • sodium419 mg
  • Total Sugars10 g

Christmas Salad

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  • Jfarris

    Absolutely delicious! I’m not a big salad fan but this converted me. I can eat this everyday! More recipes like this one please.

    Wow! That is a huge compliment, thanks J! We are so happy you loved it. Welcome to the salad club.

  • Jenn

    Delicious salad, the dressing is so bright and amazing and all the flavors compliment each other so well!

    Thanks Jenn, glad you love it!