From make-ahead Christmas salads to winter Christmas salads, we’ve gathered a worthy list just for you! These holiday salads are bountiful, colourful and certainly flavour filled!
We spend so much time planning for the Christmas meal that it definitely helps to have a simple go to resource for all things salads and sides.
Planning the Christmas dinner is a juggling act of how many dishes to serve up, do you have enough fridge space and most importantly do you have enough cook tops, ovens, air fryers etc…..
While there are many traditional side dishes one must have for Christmas, adding something a little different to the table never hurts and helps to provide a more well rounded menu.
We’re always looking for the quintessential additions and we make no exceptions. For Christmas salads we love cauliflower, pomegranate, potatoes, green beans and the almighty beet!
You can have a leafy salad to provide for a lighter side dish with your Christmas roast or some roasted vegetable salads that are great with that leg of ham.
This recipe collection showcases all these must haves in salads that are vibrant in colour, explosive in flavour and most importantly, are all ever so festive in their own special way.
We hope you’ll find a few recipes that will create the ultimate Christmas banquet your family and friends so deserve. Or if you love all these Christmas salad ideas, maybe you could even make a Christmas salad bar!
Roasted Christmas Salads
A deliciously colourful salad with roasted heirloom rainbow carrots and red onions layered on top of a bed of chewy pearl couscous, fresh mint and chopped almonds.
As far as Christmas salad recipes go, this salad that not only satisfies but just imagine how gorgeous it will look on Christmas table!
Brussels sprouts and Christmas seem to just go hand in hand! Sweet maple roasted Brussels sprouts and Dutch carrots salad, what’s not to love?
Along with the nutty texture of freekeh balanced with freshness of peas and rounded off with creamy goat cheese, our warm Brussels sprouts salad is insanely flavoursome.
This Roasted Beetroot Salad and Halloumi has a rich, deep colour with delicious flavours.
The crunch of the pistachio and the sweetness of the pomegranate glaze will make this a Christmas showstopper.
Every holiday fare needs a good Christmas cauliflower salad. Sprinkle the paprika sunflower seeds over the perfectly Roasted Green Cauliflower Salad to give it a little kick.
Finish it off with a cream whipped feta dressing and loads of herbaceous goodness. Yum!
Amping up roasted spiced pumpkin salad with delicious sweet roasted red onions, pine nuts, coriander and a flavour-packed tahini miso dressing.
This pumpkin salad recipe is perfect for any festive dinner and the wintery Christmas salad everyone needs.
Can’t have too much heirloom carrots for Christmas. A simple carrot side dish recipe celebrating roasted maple carrots and buttery pine nuts on a bed of creamy stracciatella cheese.
Love the gorgeous colours for the holiday season. This oven glazed carrot recipe will please the soul and light up any table.
Christmas Salads to Impress
A festive celebration, deserves a salad that will impress your guests.
This Beetroot Cured Salmon Salad is spectacular, not to mention delectable! Go ahead, spoil your family and friends as this is a such an elegant Christmas salad recipe.
Add a touch of gourmet to an otherwise easy recipe. Your guests will be so impressed with the delectable truffle tones in this quail egg salad.
The green beans are cooked al dente to give you that lovely crunch while the soft butter breadcrumbs are delicately infused with aromatic truffle notes.
Hearty and wholesome. Two words not normally used to describe a salad.
But this Purple Cauliflower Salad is exactly that due to its creaminess, roasted undertones and nutty flavours.
The vibrant colours of the purple cauliflower will elicit those wow comments form your family and friends!
Are you ready to elicit more “wow” moments at your dinner table?
Serve up this colourful and vibrant red beet eggs salad on a bed of peppery watercress and edible flowers topped with smashed avocado.
A special occasion calls for a majestic salad. This King Oyster Mushroom Salad exudes umami flavours complemented with sweet yellow beans and butter crisped sage.
What a decadent combination and love a good festive salad!
Grain and Pasta Christmas Salads
Serve up gorgeous bouquets of grilled broccolini on a bed of chewy barley, caramelised shallots and sweet dried cranberries.
A grain and broccolini salad perfect for those cooler months or when you’re entertaining family and friends for Christmas.
Fresh peas and asparagus pasta salad with a nutty and aromatic pecan pesto is a fantastic combination to whip up for a quick, tasty side dish.
This Christmas pasta salad is an ideal option if you need to bulk up the menu without having to make more side dishes.
A nod to salty and sweet flavours, this delicious salad is super light to eat but packs an earthy punch.
This Pearl Couscous Salad with Za’atar halloumi and sweet pomegranate makes a perfect Christmas dinner.
As far as a good winter salad recipe goes, nothing quite beats the wholesome combination of a hearty pasta and spiced roasted butternut pumpkin.
This is a thoughtful combination of a light pasta mixed through with a quintessential winter vegetable. Both common ingredients that would make an appearance during Christmas.
A delicious texture, our Freekeh Grain Salad is mixed with a whole lot of seeds, roasted beetroot, and fresh herbs.
Add some preserved lemons to inject an intense salty lemony flavour. A hearty salad recipe for the holiday season.
A quick and easy pasta salad covered with a savoury anchovy, parsley and ricotta dressing with pops of green peas and crispy prosciutto, we know you are going to love it.
Imagine serving up a large platter of this stunning pasta salad which would complement all main Christmas fare.
Can’t have Christmas without some pomegranate. So we created this wonderful combination with delicious grains.
This is also a great side dish for anyone who is looking for a non-leafy Christmas salad. Mixed through with a sumac infused yoghurt, it is simply divine.
Christmas Salads with Fruit
Combine the sweet and salty whole baked apple stuffed with bacon and shallots with the peppery notes of arugula leaves and red cabbage.
Transform an otherwise simple salad for Christmas with a bit of imagination and fun!
If you’re wondering what to do with persimmons because your tree is overflowing, try this sweet persimmon salad recipe topped with candied hazelnuts, coconut chips and dressing with a pomegranate molasses dressing.
Combine the salty, creamy goodness of whipped goat cheese with the sticky sweet, grilled figs and you have yourself a salad you can’t stop eating!
These gorgeous purple hues of the figs and vibrant red of the pomegranate provide for a lovely addition to the Christmas menu.
A delectable pairing of bitter and sweet flavours on one plate. The citrusy goodness is also great to cut through heavy Christmas meals.
This Ruby Grapefruit Salad is fuss-free to prepare, the colours are stunning and would definitely get guests talking around the table.
Warm Christmas Salads
Effortless to make in less than 20 minutes, this is a delicious potato salad recipe with crispy bacon bits, tangy gherkins and a creamy homemade dressing.
We love to share this with friends and easily doubled when feeding a crowd at Christmas time so it is the perfect entertainer!
Definitely one of those winter Christmas salads you can’t go past!
When it comes to time in the kitchen, not all festive recipes should be rushed. Allow these heirloom tomatoes to be slow-roasted as it basks in its own sweet juices.
Serve up with some asparagus and avocado for some crunchy and creamy textures.
This makes for an awesome red Christmas salad recipe!
Enjoy the creaminess of this Dutch Carrot Salad without the use of any dairy. The combination of the hummus and the oozing soft-boiled eggs provide for a velvety alternative.
Add in the crunch of the pistachios and you have a delectable Christmas side salad.
Let’s bring Hasselback potatoes back into vogue by making a salad of roasted potatoes with a difference.
Crispy on the outside and fluffy and creamy on the inside. Served with a sweet mustard vinaigrette, what more could you ask for?
Christmas Salads with Chickpeas and/or Mushrooms
Wanting to mix up your Christmas salad offering?
Serving you an explosion of umami flavours. This crunchy broccolini salad mixed with earthy mushrooms and caramelised roasted garlic together with a sweet-savoury teriyaki salad dressing is something you need to try now.
Express meals at its finest. This Mediterranean style chickpea salad with feta is ready in 10 minutes.
If you need a make-ahead Christmas salad that is both refreshing and also filling, you can’t go past this chickpea salad recipe.
Did we also mention it’s super easy to make?
Sauté some rustic Swiss brown mushrooms in butter and add some wholesome chickpeas, bitter radicchio and fresh snow pea sprouts for a delicious salad to have with any festive main meal.
The gorgeous bright purple hues of the radicchio can add some colour to the sea of Christmas dishes. Also loving the bitter notes to provide flavour variety.
A Christmas meal needs some beets and this Christmas beet salad if such a fun and delicious recipe.
Contrasting pickled beet salad with a lemony chickpea mash, the combination delivers zest and comfort in one bite.
This portobello mushroom salad is a meaty, smoky and earthy recipe accompanied by delicate micro leaves, crunchy pistachios and finished off with a lemon parsley vinaigrette.
This is a great Christmas salad to serve up individually as an appetiser or a first course.
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