This festive Christmas Salad recipe is all decked out in red and green with gorgeous fruits, or what I like to think of edible ornaments, with a balanced sweet and savory flavor profile and a variety of different textures.
In my family we don’t really have one dish in particular that we make every Christmas. Christmas Eve dinner is a smorgasbord of appetizers and Christmas dinner is usually something easy like roast chicken or pot roast with all the fixings. A salad of some kind is usually on the table, but it’s rare that it’s festive red and green. I think I might change that! It’s just so colorful and pretty.
This Festive Christmas Salad has a nice balances of sweet and savory flavors. Kale is the nutrient-rich base and then just like you’d decorate your home for the holidays, I decked out this salad in festive colors. Also, I used fruit that resembles pretty baubles: cape gooseberries and pomegranate arils.
Honeycrisp apple adds sweet/tart crunch, toasted pecans add nuttiness, red onion adds color and a bit of savory flavor, and coconut flakes add texture, color, and a little bit of whimsy (coconut flakes are almost like a little sprinkling of snow). To dress this Christmas Salad, I whipped up an easy vinaigrette with apple cider vinegar, maple, and cinnamon to make it even more festive.
Traditional Holiday Foods
Thanksgiving Foods…What’s a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner?
The most important component of Thanksgiving dinner is roast turkey. The side dishes vary from family to family, but mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, some form of squash, and cranberry sauce are all common. Dessert is often pie, commonly pumpkin pie, apple pie, and/or pecan pie.
What Foods Are Eaten on Christmas?
As far as Christmas dinner, roast turkey or some other type of poultry, such as roast chicken or roast goose, roast beef, or roast pork are all common main dishes. The side dishes depend on the meat that’s served, but often include mashed potatoes and gravy, winter squash, and root vegetables. Dinner might include a festive red and green Christmas salad. Dessert may include pumpkin pie, mince pie, plum pudding, etc.
Here are a few other festive Christmas foods and flavors that are eaten throughout the holiday season in general:
- Yule log cake
- Christmas cookies
What is a Traditional New Year’s Meal?
There are different traditions across the world that involve eating a certain food that’s believed to bring luck or fortune in the New Year. In the Southern US, a traditional New Year’s meal contains cornbread, collard greens, and black-eyed peas.
What Are Gooseberries?
Gooseberries are a species of plant related to currants known as Ribes. They are small, firm berries with lots of edible seeds. Some varieties of gooseberries are translucent and some are ribbed. You can read more about gooseberries on Food Facts Presented by Mercola.
I used cape gooseberries in this Festive Christmas Salad, which are a gorgeous orange color. Cape gooseberries are surrounded by a paper-thin husk that falls off as it dries. This type of gooseberry is opaque instead of translucent, and fairly firm even when ripe.
What Do Cape Gooseberries Taste Like?
Gooseberries are a very interesting, complex, sweet/tart flavored fruit. They have flavor notes of apricot, mango, pineapple, kiwi, as well as lemon.
Gooseberries Nutrition Information
According to the National Nutrient Database, 1 (100g) serving of raw gooseberries has the following nutrition information:
- .88g protein
- .58g fat
- 18g carbohydrates
- 3g fiber
- 25mg calcium
- 27mg phosphorous
- 198mg potassium
- 7mg vitamin C
People often ask how to eat a pomegranate! However daunting they may look, pomegranate is fairly easy to eat. You can cut it in half and scoop out the arils, or drink it in juice form.
Pomegranate Health Benefits
Pomegranate arils and pomegranate juice have quite an impressive list of health benefits! This fruit is high in antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation and help remove free radicals. Pomegranate juice is high in immune-boosting vitamins C and E, and is also a good source of vitamin K, folate, and potassium. It also has anti-viral and antibacterial properties. Read more about the health benefits of pomegranate on HealthLine and Medical News Today.
Pomegranate Nutrition Information
According to the National Nutrient Database, 1/2 cup (87g) of pomegranate arils has the following nutrition information:
- 45g protein
- 02g fat
- 27g carbohydrates
- 5g fiber
- 89g sugars
- 9mg calcium
- 10mg magnesium
- 31mg phosphorous
- 205mg potassium
- 9mg vitamin C
More Beautiful and Festive Christmas Salad Recipe Ideas:
- Detox Roasted Delicata Squash, Pardina Lentil, and Kale Salad with Maple-Pear Balsamic Vinaigrette from An Edible Mosaic
- Holiday Honeycrisp Salad from Five Heart Home
- Christmas Wreath Salad with Citrus-Champagne Vinaigrette from Two Healthy Kitchens
- Jicama, Apple, and Pomegranate Salad with Raspberry Dijon Vinaigrette from An Edible Mosaic
Festive Christmas Salad Recipe
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 cups chopped kale
- 1 cup cape gooseberries also called golden berries, husks removed
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 sweet/tart crisp apple such as Honeycrisp cored and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup pecans toasted
- 1/4 small red onion thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
For the Vinaigrette:
- Whisk together all ingredients and set aside.
For the Salad:
- Arrange the kale on a large platter, and arrange all remaining ingredients on top. Drizzle the vinaigrette on top.
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That salad looks super delicious!