Lets look at the components of a Christmas dinner:
Creamy, decadent mashed potatoes
Cheese-covered brussel sprouts
Dessert-like sweet potato casserole
Do you sense a theme here?
Christmas dinner specializes in all things rich and decadent, which are delicious, but can also get quite heavy. So why not lighten things up a bit?
We’ve come up with this Christmas-themed salad which is a great addition to your holiday spread, but not to your waist-line!
What makes this a seasonal salad? The roasted chestnuts, dried cranberries and juicy clementine segments, that’s what! We had never had roasted chestnuts until now – we feel as though we can finally fully appreciate the Christmas Song.
Of course, one of the key parts of a salad that really takes it to another level, brings all of the components of a salad together but still lets each topping shine, is the dressing!
With only five ingredients (6 if you include water) this is extremely easy to make, and it’s the perfect Christmas dressing! It’s tart but with a slight sweetness, and just look at that bright red colour! As we always say, food tastes better when it’s pretty 🙂
Time: 10 minutes
Makes: ~1 cup
1 c. frozen cranberries
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar + 2 tbsp water
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/2 c. water
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
Place cranberries in a small pot and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until they begin to split.
Allow the cranberries to cool slightly, then place them in a blender along with the apple cider/water mixture, maple syrup and water. blend until the cranberries are all chopped up and everything is fully incorporated. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Add salt and pepper, blend, and then taste it and adjust to your liking.
When this dressing is poured over a bed of greens, roasted chestnuts, clementines and dried cranberries, Christmas magic happens. And all you have to do is assemble the ingredients…
…pour on the dressing…
and you’re ready to go! Easy, healthy, delicious.
Time: 10 min (not including roasting time)
1 bag of greens (we used a spinach/arugula mix)
1/2 large white onion
5-6 white button mushrooms
10-15 chestnuts, roasted*
1/2 c. dried cranberries
Put the greens in a large bowl. Slice your onion into very thin shavings. Thinly slice the mushrooms, peel the clementines and separate into segments and roughly chop the chestnuts. Place all ingredients on top of the greens and serve with the dressing on the side.
What kinds of foods do you often eat at your Christmas dinner?