Holiday Wreath Salad

What a beautifully easy and festive salad for your holiday table or next party!  Comes together in less than 15 minutes but looks like it took so much more time.  I served recently for a cocktail party and it was a hit!

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Holiday Wreath Salad

Course: Salads
Keyword: Gluten Free, Holiday Entertaining, Under 30 Minutes, Weeknight Meals
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Denise


  • 8 cups arugula and kale
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 apple cored and sliced
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries or raspberries
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese
  • 1 cup glazed pecans roughly chopped


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup verju or red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 shallot minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced


  • In a medium bowl, add salad greens and basil leaves.  Pour half of salad dressing over greens and gently toss.  Using a circular platter or bowl, arrange greens into a circle around the outer edge, leaving an opening in the center.  (Note, I like to place a small bowl upside down in the center to work around it and make a uniform shape).
  • Arrange berries, apple slices, grapes and nuts into sections around the salad greens.  I like to group in sections for visual appeal.  Sprinkle pomegranate seeds, crumbled cheese and additional nuts over top.
  • Place remaining salad dressing in a small bowl in center of presentation to allow extra dressing to be drizzled with serving.


  • In a small bowl mix dressing ingredients. Whisk well and set aside.


Serves 4 (entree size) or 8 (side salad size)
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