This is our favorite Christmas salad. It's made with fresh chopped herbs, toasted walnuts, and pomegranate seeds. It's easy to make, stays fresh for hours, and the pretty green and red color looks great on your holiday table!

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Christmas is just around the corner, and we've got the ideal salad for your holiday table!

Why we love this Christmas salad

  • The pretty red pomegranate and bright green herbs just scream Christmas. For being so simple, it's an incredibly impressive salad.
  • It keeps very well. This is important! Christmas dinners carry on for a long time and a regular salad can wilt while you talk, laugh, and help yourself to seconds and thirds. You want a salad that will stay fresh for the entire dinner.
  • It's SO EASY to make! ← yes, that point is totally worth yelling about.
  • The bright and fresh flavor is the ideal companion for heavy Christmas dinner.
  • Anytime there's pomegranate on the table it feels like a special occasion.
  • This Christmas salad is Whole30, gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan so you don't have to stress about what to serve your friends and family who eat special diets.

All the ingredients for this Christmas salad recipe in a glass bowl.

How to make a Christmas salad

Christmas dinner is hectic, which is why it's important that the salad you make is simple. You'll have plenty to think about with the turkey and timing all the sides. This salad recipe is very easy to make and can be made ahead of time so there's no last-minute rush like there is with most salad recipes.

  1. Put the ingredients in a salad bowl.
  2. Toss.

There's no fancy dressing with this one, just a squeeze of lemon and a little drizzle of olive oil. It's the ideal light and fresh flavor that your holiday feast will crave.

I'd suggest removing the pomegranate arils earlier in the day, or even the day before. Or skip that step entirely by buying fresh pomegranate arils, available in the produce or deli section of most grocery stores.

A closeup of this herb, walnut, and pomegranate salad.

Christmas Dinner Recipes

You'll need more than a Christmas salad at your holiday table. These are our favorite Christmas dinner recipes, and all go well with this salad.

And don't forget about something festive to drink. Our two favorites are Christmas Cranberry Margarita and Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy.

Christmas salad in a glass bowl with salad spoons in it.

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Christmas Salad with Herbs, Walnuts, and Pomegranate

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This is our favorite Christmas salad. It's made with fresh, chopped herbs, toasted walnuts, and pomegranate seeds. It's easy to make, stays fresh for hours, and the pretty green and red color looks great on your holiday table!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsely, packed
  • 3/4 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint, packed
  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate (about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ lemon, juiced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • ¼ teaspoon each: salt and pepper

Instructions

Combine the ingredients in a medium-sized salad bowl and toss to combine.


Notes

To toast the walnuts, place them on a baking sheet and put them into your oven for 6-7 minutes at 350 degrees.

This salad keeps very well. If you want to make it ahead of time (Christmas dinner can get hectic!) omit the salt as it will cause the herbs to go limp. And save any leftovers as it's nearly as good the next day.

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