MY GO-TO HOLIDAY SALAD | easy winter salad recipe

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This beautiful and festive holiday salad with apple cider dressing is my go-to salad for the fall and winter. This easy salad recipe is made with mixed greens, fresh pears, dried cranberries, pepitas and goat cheese; all tossed in an apple cider dressing. A fresh and colorful salad option that pairs wonderfully with chicken, fish and pork. Perfect for the holidays or any day!


This is a very flexible salad. Feel free to experiment and try some of the following swaps:
*Add a boost of protein with chickpeas or chicken breast.
*Make it vegan and/or paleo by simply omitting the cheese or using a sprinkle of dairy free cheese. *Be sure to also use maple syrup instead of honey for the dressing.
*Mix up your toppings with walnuts, pomegranate seeds and apple slices!

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0:00 Intro
0:24 Pepitas Prep
1:14 Vinaigrette Prep
3:12 Combining Salad

5 ounces mixed baby greens
1 large pear, chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup pepitas (raw green pumpkin seeds)
2 ounces chilled goat cheese (about 1/3 cup)
Apple Cider Dressing
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons raw honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Apple Cider Dressing
In a spouted cup or mason jar, combine crushed garlic, olive oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk or shake well.

In a medium-sized skillet, toast the pepitas over medium heat, stirring often. You will know they are done when they begin to make popping noises and turn golden brown around the edges. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.

Place your greens in a large serving bowl. Top with chopped pears, dried cranberries and toasted pepitas. Use your fingers to crumble the goat cheese over the top of the salad.
Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently toss it all together. Serve and enjoy!

Serving: 1side salad | Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 376IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg


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Clean & Delicious says:

Happy Holiday salad! This is my go-to salad recipe all through the autumn and winter months. It's easy and beautiful and works for both busy weeknights and festive family meals. Enjoy!


Thanks. Where did you buy the garlic crusher?

Vanessa Rizo says:

I’m going to use this for my Xmas dinner. Thank you. I knew coming to your channel would yield me good results. πŸ˜‹

Marjorie Medsker says:

I don’t comment often but do use your recipes. My favorite is the pumpkin oatmeal muffins. I make a double batch and freeze them, set a couple out at night to thaw or pop them in microwave. Yum!

I want to thank you so much for how easy, adaptable and delicious your recipes are. I have diverticulosis and have had diverticulitis and allergic to the common antibiotics prescribed for this condition. It can be mild to serious. Am trying to ward off surgery (and cancer). I had eaten pretty clean recently but had dined out at a Mexican restaurant and the heavy meal didn’t set well. I just happened to pick up Bragg Vinegar for the salad in this video and know it is recommended for digestive issues. I downed about a 1/4 cup quickly and in about 20 minutes the attack stopped. Had I not seen this recipe I would not have had the Bragg’s on hand and most likely would have ended up at emergent care. Thank you so much from a forever subscriber!

Kim Lang says:

Winter salad looks very holiday ish… :) says:

Nice ☺️

Genesis says:

This looks delicious and I want to make it. I love how easy it is as well. Any advices on buying the cheese?

Sinfully Green LV says:

Looks amazing!

Yaya says:

Do you have a cook book with your recipes? I love the way you add the nutritional content.

SqueezeCuddles says:

It looks scrumptious! Thank you for the recipe β€πŸŒŸπŸŽ„

Roxanne Zaragoza says:

This salad is the best!! A new staple in our home!!

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