Merry Berry Salad Recipe
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Merry Berry Salad Recipe

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Dried cranberries, crunchy apple chunks and toasted almonds dress up this crisp green salad. It's drizzled with a sweet-tart dressing that's a snap to blend.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 package (10 ounces) mixed salad greens
  • 1 medium red apple, diced
  • 1 medium green apple, diced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup thawed apple juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 1 cup canola oil

Nutritional Facts

354 calories: 1 each, 27g fat (4g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 381mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein .


  1. In a large salad bowl, toss the first six ingredients.
  2. In a blender, combine the cranberries, sugar, vinegar, apple juice concentrate, salt, mustard and onion; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream.
  3. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate any leftover dressing. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Merry Berry Salad in Quick Cooking December 2000, p47

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Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"Everyone loves this salad."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"We love this salad! The cranberry viniagrette is simple to make and is simply delicious. This salad has become a Christmas dinner tradition for us, but is wonderful anytime, especially the holiday season. This year I was running very late and didn't have time to make the dressing, so I substituted store-bought raspberry viniagrette. It was not quite as tasty as the cranberry dressing, but still very good!"

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"This is a great salad! The combination of sweet and tart is just right. I have also made the dressing with thawed raspberries when I couldn't find fresh cranberries in the store. It was delicious that way. I almost prefer the raspberries."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"This is a WONDERFUL salad! I have served it twice now to rave reviews and many requests for the recipe. It is beautiful to look at and tastes fantastic. The cranberry vinaigrette is perfectly delightful. I mixed fresh spinach and Romaine for the greens. Please try it!"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009 Edited Dec. 22, 2013

"This recipe has become a Christmas tradition at our house its combination of red and green, tart and sweet with nutty roasted almond crunch is the perfect balance of healthy and festive for the holiday. I make the dressing a few days a ahead and then put the remaining ingredients together in a snap on Christmas Eve!"

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