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Merry Berry Salad

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. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • 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 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


  • Combine the first six ingredients. To make dressing, pulse next seven ingredients in a blender, covered, until well mixed. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad; toss to coat. Refrigerate any leftover dressing.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 367 calories, 28g fat (3g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 398mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • boisegrams
    Sep 22, 2019

    Although it is only fall here, I did have some frozen cranberries in my freezer, so I made this salad last night for my daughter-in-law's birthday dinner. Not only was it "delish" (I followed the directions to a tee), but it was beautiful in my salad bowl. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sally
    Nov 8, 2018

    I have made this salad many times and it is always a huge hit I switch the green apple for a pear. It adds one more flavor and texture

  • Cook_aholic
    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
    Aug 5, 2013

    Everyone loves this salad.

  • KristiBenshoof
    Dec 11, 2011

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  • klabrie64
    Sep 14, 2011

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  • Mrs_T
    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
    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
    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
    Dec 20, 2009

    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!