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.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: Always a must for vinaigrettes in my opinion.
WHITE WINE VINEGAR: It has a light fruity flavor that is perfect in the cranberry dressing.
DRIED CRANBERRIES: These are tart yet sweet. And the pop of red color is gorgeous.
SPINACH: Baby spinach works great.
ARUGULA: One of my favorite greens to add to salads. It adds a slight peppery flavor.
WALNUTS: These add a great crunch to the salad.
GOAT CHEESE: One of my favorite cheeses! It’s tangy and creamy, I love it in salads!
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.
Looking for more holiday side dishes? Check these out:
Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese
Love salads? Me too! Here are some of my favorite salad and dressing recipes:
Spinach Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
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.
SheilaDecember 24, 2021 at 2:30 pm
This salad is amazing! A go to salad for friends and family. 💞💞
DesereeDecember 26, 2021 at 9:26 am
So happy to hear that, Sheila!! Thank you!!
MomNovember 16, 2020 at 10:32 am
Yum that looks really good and healthy too!!
DesereeNovember 17, 2020 at 9:12 pm
ElizabethMarch 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm
I just made this salad, and it was so easy and tastes awesome! I’ve had this sort of salad in restaurants, and I actually like this version better. I’ve had it with chicken or steak before, but like it as is. I have had a similar salad with strawberries/blueberries, so just a change up, add those and it’s just as good, and awesome in summer. Thank you for posting this, I highly recommend it.
michelleNovember 18, 2009 at 6:30 am
This looks great and so simple! I love how easy it is to make the cranberry dressing.
SomaNovember 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm
A perfect lunch for me!
AnitaNovember 12, 2009 at 1:18 am
What a pretty salad. I like the idea of a cranberry dressing too
DesereeNovember 12, 2009 at 3:00 pm