29 Festive Christmas Salads That Are Perfect for the Holiday Season

The holiday season will be upon us before we know it—and then Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye!

If you're like me, you start preparing your Christmas menu way before the actual day, and it's always handy to have a few trusty sides up your sleeve—like these 29 Christmas salad recipes.

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While salads may often be thought of more as a summer dish, I personally am a big fan of salads all year round.

For me, I love a good, hearty salad plate as a side, and the Christmas season is no different. Plus, serving a bright, vibrantly-colored salad for the holiday season is always going to bring extra cheer to the table!

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To make salads more in line with fall and winter, simply use seasonal produce. Ingredients like cranberries, Brussels sprouts, apples, butternut squash, pomegranate seeds and pumpkin will turn a boring bowl of greens into a fancy Christmas salad instantly.

Best Christmas Salad Recipes

From fruit salads and Jell-O salads, to veggie-forward bowls like cranberry almond broccoli salad, fennel-apple salad and roasted delicata squash salad, here are 29 of the best Christmas salad recipes to choose from.

<p><a href="https://parade.com/842800/kathyhester/cilantro-lime-quinoa-salad-with-sweet-potatoes-perfect-holiday-side/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sarah Walker Caron" class="link ">Sarah Walker Caron</a></p>
<p><a href="https://parade.com/842499/communitytable/broccoli-salad-with-pumpkin-seeds-cranberries/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:London Brazil" class="link ">London Brazil</a></p>
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<p><a href="https://www.dishbydish.net/fennel-and-apple-salad/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dish by Dish" class="link ">Dish by Dish</a></p>
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<p><a href="https://juliasalbum.com/cranberry-pecan-chicken-salad/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Julia's Album" class="link ">Julia's Album</a></p>
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<p><a href="https://www.simplejoy.com/apple-pecan-fall-salad/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Simple Joy" class="link ">Simple Joy</a></p>
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<p><a href="https://www.cookingclassy.com/mandarine-pomegranate-spinach-salad-poppy-seed-dressing/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cooking Classy" class="link ">Cooking Classy</a></p>
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<p><a href="https://www.recipegirl.com/cranberry-almond-broccoli-salad/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Recipe Girl" class="link ">Recipe Girl</a></p>
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<p><a href="https://sumofyum.com/pear-salad-with-honey-balsamic-dressing/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sum of Yum" class="link ">Sum of Yum</a></p>
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<p><a href="https://www.fromachefskitchen.com/roasted-beet-salad/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:From a Chef's Kitchen" class="link ">From a Chef's Kitchen</a></p>
<p><a href="https://stripedspatula.com/pear-salad/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Striped Spatula" class="link ">Striped Spatula</a></p>
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<p><a href="https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/shaved-brussels-sprouts-salad/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Two Peas and Their Pod" class="link ">Two Peas and Their Pod</a></p>
<p><a href="https://cookieandkate.com/pomegranate-pear-green-salad-with-ginger-dressing/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cookie and Kate" class="link ">Cookie and Kate</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/german-potato-salad-recipe/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:A Farm Girl's Dabbles" class="link ">A Farm Girl's Dabbles</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.dishbydish.net/quinoa-butternut-squash-and-kale-salad/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dish by Dish" class="link ">Dish by Dish</a></p>
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<p><a href="https://www.iheartnaptime.net/spinach-salad/?20190520" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:I Heart Naptime" class="link ">I Heart Naptime</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.wellplated.com/beet-salad/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Well Plated" class="link ">Well Plated</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.fivehearthome.com/holiday-honeycrisp-salad/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Five Heart Home" class="link ">Five Heart Home</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/candied-pecan-pear-pomegranate-salad/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Chelsea's Messy Apron" class="link ">Chelsea's Messy Apron</a></p>