Holiday Salads: One New, and Several “Review”

Holiday Salads: One New, and Several “Review”

Holiday Salads: One New, and Several “Review”

 

I had my dressmaking friends over earlier in the week for a Christmas lunch, and served a festive chicken salad as part of the meal.

It’s a salad of contrasts, really, which is what makes it so delicious; it’s sweet yet salty, soft yet crunchy, and red yet green. Because of the Christmas colors, this dish would make a gorgeous addition to any Christmas buffet. The salad calls for cooked chicken. Feel free to use a grocery store roasted chicken to save time, or go ahead and cook it yourself. Unlike other chicken salads, the dressing is a blend of mayonnaise and store-bought poppyseed dressing. That might sound odd at first blush, but the addition of the poppyseed dressing adds another interesting flavor/texture combo to the dish.

Oh! And I can’t forget that there’s luscious avocado in the salad as well. I must be low on whatever primary vitamin or mineral avocados provide (Potassium, Vitamin C? I’m not sure), because I can’t get enough of them lately. Considering the California drought, they’ve become a mighty expensive habit!

I’m also going to include links to various other salads below that might go well on your holiday buffet.

Here’s how you make the salad.

Recipe Courtesy of: Southernliving.com

Serves: 6

Festive Christmas Chicken Salad: Beautifully delicious!

 

 

Festive Christmas Chicken Salad

Serves 6
Prep time 20 minutes
Website Southern Living

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Store-bought poppyseed dressing
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1.5lb cooked chicken (about 3.5 cups)
  • 2 celery ribs (sliced)
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries (halved)
  • 1 avocado (cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 1/2 Small red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds (toasted)
  • 10oz package mixed salad greens

Directions

Step 1
Whisk together dressing and mayonnaise in a bowl.
Step 2
Add dressing to chopped chicken and next 5 ingredients, gently tossing to coat. Serve over mixed salad greens.

 

Here are some more salad options for your holiday table:

How about a sort of salad bar salad called an Irish Pub Salad? I always think of it as a gorgeous artist’s palate of a salad. I served this as a starter for Thanksgiving. Since we’re all trying to watch what we eat, it was a great way to consume healthy, filling veggies before all of the other more caloric dishes tempted us. The idea is that folks take a little lettuce and whatever other elements they’d like from around the plate, and then scoop on the delicious tarragon dressing.

To make this completely Christmassy, you could go with primarily red and green items: par-boiled green beans, broccoli, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, etc.

Christmas salad options: Irish Pub Salad

 

Or, why not serve a platter chock full of classic wedge salads with bacon and buttermilk ranch dressing? Frankly, this is what I’m serving for Christmas dinner. We’re having filet, twice-baked potatoes, Mushrooms Diane, Onion casserole, and wedge salad. Yum! (Mom, Heather, or Erin – if you’re reading this, be sure to come prepared with an empty stomach!)

Christmas salad options: Classic Wedge Salad with creamy blue cheese dressing, tomatoes and bacon

 

If any of those don’t sound quite right, perhaps this dish will strike a chord. It’s a Mediterranean salad that’s a wonderful, healthy side to both pasta and roasts. With sliced fennel, red peppers and red onions, and Italian salami, it packs a real flavor punch. I’ve been making it for years, and it’s always delicious!

Christmas salad options: Mediterranean Salad with fennel and Italian salami

 

And here’s my final offer. No, it’s not a bowl of sand. It’s actually a sweet and creamy side dish consisting of red and greens grapes, pecans, brown sugar, sour cream, and cream cheese. Yes, I know it sounds very odd, but it’s actually delicious, lends a nice sweet offering to your holiday buffet, and is a complete crowd pleaser. Be prepared to send your guests here for the recipe because they will absolutely want it! Best Grape Salad.

Christmas salad options: Best Grape Salad

 

Phew! So there are five salad options for your holiday meal. Which one looks best to you? Hopefully one of them will work well with whatever you’re serving and with whomever is coming over to celebrate with you and yours.

 

Written by Becky


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5 Comments
  • Adrienne P says:

    Thanks for the variety of beautiful salad ideas! Given the volume I have to bring and some dietary restrictions, I won’t be able to use any of these for my contribution to the Xmas Eve buffet. But I hope to try a couple of them at home soon! Thanks!!

  • Arlene says:

    Becky, All of these salads sound delicious. I must have missed some of them during the year. Printed them all, and will definitely try one on Christmas day. Happy Holidays to all.

  • Patty from MMC says:

    I am coming in to town the 26th. Maybe I should stop by for leftovers …….just kidding! That grape salad …well, I think I just might have to make that one! Merry Christmas to you and all of your men! (And may Jeremy the Snake be hibernating way down underground!)

    • Becky says:

      Thanks, Patty! Any time you want leftovers, you just stop on by! Jeremy has left the building. He was boxed up and delivered to a pond several miles from here. If he found his way back, then God bless him. I did, however, run into Jeremy’s son frolicking at the base of my tomato garden in September. Up and down he slithered in and out of four apparently connected snake holes. I guess I’ll just have to get used to wearing closed toed shoes and strong glasses as I head out to harvest next summer.


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