Christmas Salad Recipe
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I enjoy entertaining during the holidays and always include this colorful salad on the menu. The red pepper and water chestnuts add a sweet crunch...while the homemade vinaigrette gives this salad a savory zest.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 2 green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • SALAD:
  • 12 cups mixed greens
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained, optional
  • Grated or shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 140 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 129mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a blender, combine the first eight ingredients. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Chill until ready to serve.
  2. In a large salad bowl, combine the greens, red pepper and water chestnuts if desired. Sprinkle with cheese if desired. Serve with cranberry vinaigrette. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup vinaigrette).
Originally published as Christmas Salad in Country Woman Christmas 1996, p20

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