This Spinach Cranberry Salad loaded with sweet cranberries, goat cheese, walnuts, spinach and arugula makes a gorgeous addition to your holiday table!
Let’s be honest, when it comes to holiday meals, a lot of them are on the heavy side. There are decadent desserts. Hearty sides. Not to mention the show stopping mains. And while all of it is delicious, it’s also nice to have a dish that lightens things up a bit without sacrificing the holiday flavors we are all used to. Salads are great for that!
Take this Spinach Cranberry Salad for instance. It’s loaded with dried cranberries, walnuts, goat cheese, spinach and arugula. But the holiday flavor doesn’t end there, it’s also all tossed in a tangy cranberry vinaigrette. The result is a flavorful, gorgeous. salad that will be the perfect addition to your holiday table.
STEP #1: Combine olive oil, vinegar and 2 tablespoons of dried cranberries in a small food processor. Pulse until cranberries are small and dressing is emulsified. Allow to set at room temperature for 30 minutes to let the flavors meld. Whisk once more before using.
STEP #2: Pour dressing into the bottom of the bowl and add in remaining salad ingredients.
STEP #3:Toss to coat all ingredients in the dressing. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Serve immediately.
If you want to make this salad a head of time that’s fine. Instead of putting the dressing the bottom of the bowl, simply assemble the salad and pour the dressing over the top right before you’re ready to eat.
Guys, I love, love LOVE this Spinach Cranberry Salad. And so did my family! You’re going to want to add it to your holiday table. Trust me.
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Note: This recipe and post was originally written in 2009. It was updated with new step by step photos, instructions and nutrition information in 2020.