Contest-Winning Holiday Tossed Salad Recipe
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Contest-Winning Holiday Tossed Salad Recipe

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With its red and green ingredients, this salad is perfect for Christmas meals. Local cranberries and blue cheese make a great combination with salad greens, apples, walnuts and a simple cranberry vinaigrette. It’s a family favorite.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 8 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • 2 medium red apples, diced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons thawed cranberry juice concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Dash salt and pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 144 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 151mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the greens, apples, blue cheese, cranberries, walnuts and onions. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients. Pour over salad; toss gently to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Holiday Tossed Salad in Country December/January 2006, p49

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mkaskela User ID: 6061564 238442
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015


shannonwechsler User ID: 4956060 154838
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"I served the Holiday Tossed Salad at my families Chirstmas dinner. Everyone loved it! This recipe is a keeper!"

valerie.h User ID: 3021373 65827
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2010

"Still making this salad and have yet to run into someone who doesn't like it. One additional tip --- I briefly toss the cut apples with lemon-lime soda to prevent browning. The soda doesn't add any additional flavor, but it does keep my apples looking nice and white! I double the dressing up front and serve half on the side for those who like their salads more than just "dressed.""

valerie.h User ID: 3021373 69467
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2009 Edited Sep. 10, 2010

"This is a delicious salad! I am quite fond of blue cheese, but many that I serve this to are not. I have had good success substituting crumbled feta and diced brie cheese. I add 2-3 tbsp. of white sugar to the dressing; it's a bit tart for my taste, even though I love cranberries. Never fails to please!"

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