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

1 each: 354 calories, 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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Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 261012
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"Really good salad. Even had some ingredients I hadn't thought of and I make a lot of salads. Nicest thing about the recipe is that even if you didn't happen to have everything at home you could manage. Very versatile."

steelypm User ID: 6759280 203901
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"Everyone loves this salad."

Mrs_T User ID: 941931 81872
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!"

lsell1999 User ID: 1350199 32982
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."

cheriwinkle User ID: 1239361 73837
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!"

jobrad525 User ID: 1377834 75549
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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