Festive Salads for the Holiday Table

18 salad recipes to help you bring some festive cheer to your table with a delicious winter salad or two. From a vibrant Sunshine fruit-cabbage slaw to a fennel-endive salad, these salads will complement any main dish and enliven your holiday dinner.

Chicken and Fruit Salad

An award winning “no-cook” combination of juicy chicken breast with supremed and cubed orange, grapes, banana and diced apple for a palate pleaser that never fails. Served cold on a lettuce leaf, it is appealing to the eye and a pallet pleaser. Click here for the recipe and directions.

Cheesy Pear Salad

A chilled Pear Half on a lettuce leaf, topped with Cottage Cheese, softened cream cheese, and a sprinkle of Cheddar Cheese then drizzled with French dressing makes for an elegant salad that elevates any meal. Click here for recipe details and easy to follow directions

Wilted Swiss Chard Salad

A warm salad for those cold winter days, this salad includes slightly wilted Swiss chard with a hot balsamic and bacon dressing that can stand alone or be served as an accompaniment in the entree course. Click here for the recipe and directions.

Green and Gold (Pea) Salad

This is a delightful creamy salad that can be served cold or warm. Cooked peas flavored with small dices of American cheese and finely minced onion and optional pimento in a spoonable salad dressing. Click here for recipe details and easy to follow directions

Seven Layer Salad

An eye pleasing dish that uses thin layers of vegetables to prevent overpowering the lettuce. We often like to mix in an additional layer of Romaine lettuce, and, often, a layer of chopped tomatoes. Click here for the recipe and directions.

Classic Cranberry Salad

This salad is so delicious with hot turkey! Enjoy it with your hot turkey, and then again with turkey sandwiches the day after the holiday! Like so many dishes, it tastes even better the next day after the flavors have had a chance to blend really well. Click here for the recipe and directions.

Sunshine Salad

This salad is not only attractive, we used it when our children were small to get them to eat Cole Slaw!  The delicate flavor of peaches is a nice contrast to the sweetness of the marshmallows. Click here for recipe details, options, and easy to follow directions

Wedge Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

The classic iceberg wedge salad can be as simple or as dressed up as you like. This recipe is for a version with a homemade dressing that is very pleasing on the pallet. Shown in the photo to the right is a version with balsamic dressing and shredded cheddar cheese. Click here for the recipe and directions.

Wedge Salad with Bacon, Blue Cheese and Candied Pecans

This Wedge Salad uses a quarter of a head of Iceberg lettuce and bacon with ranch-style dressing, with Granny Smith apple, fresh basil, carrots, Roma tomatoes, green Bell pepper, and celery, topped with crumbled blue cheese, and, optionally, Candied Pecans, for a sweet component. Click here for the recipe and directions.

Red Bean Salad

Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and relish topped with onions, celery, relish and bacon, and you have a delicious bean salad that your family and friends will ask you to bring it again at the next get together. Click here for recipe details and easy to follow directions

Texican Street Corn Salad

This delicious salad starts with ears of fresh sweet corn on the cob (or, frozen corn) and cheese of your choice, cream cheese, maple syrup and cilantro to create a delicious cold salad that can also be served hot as a side dish. Click here for the recipe and directions.

Shrimp Salad

This recipe dates back to the early 1970’s when it was created for a gathering of friends and families. Combine cooked cocktail or baby shrimp with crushed boiled eggs yellow onion and celery, this slightly sweet and mustardy dish is excellent for serving with crackers for scooping or dipping. Click here for recipe details and easy to follow directions

Fettuccine Salad

This easy, but always delicious, dish is a stand out cold salad. It’s great for picnics, too. For variety you can add finely chopped celery, red or orange bell pepper and/or black olives. Use whatever you have on hand. It always tastes great! Click here for the recipe and directions.

Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad

Cauliflower, broccoli, red onion, and bell pepper cut into bite-size pieces, and, pimento, for color, combine with a sweet-sour dressing to create a salad that will become a family favorite. Dressed just before serving, this chilled salad elevates any meal. Click here for recipe details and easy to follow directions

Fennel-Lemon Green Bean Salad

This salad goes especially well with fish, as it features a refreshing lemon flavor. Brighten it up by replacing trying different vinegars for your favorite flavor. Milder vinegars, like rice wine or champagne, let the fennel and lemon really shine through. Click here for recipe details and easy to follow directions

Grapefruit and Fennel Salad

Another delicious salad, or side, that pairs especially well with fish. The red grapefruit and baby fennel, shine through the honey-parsley dressing to deliver an outstanding complement to your main dish. Click here for the recipe and directions.

Curried Carrot and Pear Salad

This eye catching salad uses a vegetable peeler to peel long, thin, ribbons of carrot to combine with pears sliced into thin strips. Add chopped parsley and sweet-sour dressing to deliver a refreshing flavor to complement any meat dish. Click here for recipe details and easy to follow directions

Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese

Romaine lettuce is an option for this recipe, but the endive is much better, as the bitterness contrasts with the sweetness of the orange and the honey roasted nuts. You can serve this both as an appetizer or a salad with equal success. Click here for the recipe and directions.

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