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Festive Tossed Salad with Walnuts

This is a delightful tossed salad that has a wonderful blend of flavors. It has a crunchy texture and looks good, too, with its variety of colors. —Isabell Burrows, Livermore, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a skillet, cook and stir walnuts in butter until toasted, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the sugar, pepper and salt.
  • In a salad bowl, toss the greens, cranberries, cheese and walnuts.
  • Place the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth.
  • Drizzle desired amount over salad; toss to coat. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftover dressing.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 209 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 210mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • dollargirl
    Apr 3, 2018

    Loved this dressing! I think I could have used a little less butter to toast the walnuts.

  • shortiegrace
    Feb 27, 2014

    This was delightful. Sever it at a hospitality room. They thought it was wonderful.

  • maryking72
    Dec 21, 2012

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  • shell7293
    Nov 20, 2011

    Whoops - meant to add that I have used blue cheese in place of the feta and it was equally as good! Also, do not skip toasting the walnuts - this is what makes this recipe so good.

  • shell7293
    Nov 20, 2011

    I wish I could give this recipe 6 stars - it is HANDS DOWN the best salad recipe I have ever made. I have lost track of the amount of times I have been asked for the recipe.

  • dmaier
    Feb 16, 2011

    My Christmas menu also includes this salad. It is the most requested item! I make a double batch and there is NEVER any left.

  • vikki1413
    Nov 9, 2010

    This is my husband most favorite salad. He is always asking for it. I double the dressing recipe. He can't get enough of it. Thanks for such a good recipe.

  • lpoppert
    Aug 11, 2009

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