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 238442
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015


shannonwechsler 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 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 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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