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30 best Christmas salads

Nectarine salad

Festive salads to add to your Christmas spread

The festive season brings not only gifts but also a plethora of sumptuous meals. While roast meats and desserts might steal the show, the right salad can be a game changer. Discover these vibrant salads that promise to be the showstoppers on your Christmas table.

Lime pickle Potato Salad

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Lime-pickle potato salad

A fusion of tangy lime-pickle and hearty potatoes, this easy-to-make salad promises to leave your taste buds tingling. Perfect alongside grilled meats or as a standalone dish, it's a twist on your traditional potato side dish.

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Citrus and Almond Salad

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Citrus and almond salad

Looking for a kale salad recipe with a twist? Try this healthier zesty concoction of fresh citrus fruits, garnished with crunchy almonds. It captures the essence of sunny Christmas - and it's so easy to make!

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Barbecued Prawn Skewers With Nectarine Salad

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Barbecued prawn skewers with nectarine salad

The smoky flavour of barbecued prawns pairs beautifully with the sweetness of nectarines. A splash of tangy currant dressing, and you have a perfect blend of taste and texture, ideal for a warm Christmas afternoon.

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Ham Waldorf Salad

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Ham waldorf salad

A clever spin on the classic Waldorf, this version introduces savoury ham slices. Check out our ham guide on how to best cook your ham. Fancy another fresh twist? Try this summer version with peaches and blueberries.

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Salad with pickled onion

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Lamb, beetroot and almond salad with pickled onion

The rich taste of lamb complements the earthy notes of beetroot, with almonds adding a much-needed crunch. Pickled onion and creamy feta lend a tangy kick, making it a well-rounded dish. Plus, it can be whipped up in three easy steps.

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Mojito and Watermelon Salad

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Mojito and watermelon salad

Imagine the refreshing zest of a mojito fused with juicy chunks of watermelon, cucumber, radish, feta and mint. This salad screams summer and is the refreshing side your Christmas lunch needs.

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Turkey and Potato Salad

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Turkey and potato salad with cranberry dressing

Put your leftovers to good use by marrying turkey with baby potatoes and greens with a leafy salad. Then, top it all off with a beautiful tangy cranberry dressing. It's a nostalgic dish with a contemporary twist that can be whipped up in just 15 minutes.

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Peach Salad

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Peach salad with whipped ricotta and mustard dressing

Succulent peaches paired with creamy whipped ricotta make for a dreamy combination with this super-easy salad. The mustard dressing adds a spicy undertone, balancing the sweetness perfectly - ideal for an alfresco dinner or picnic.

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Easy salad

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Easy beet and baby rocket salad

Simple yet effective, this easy salad is a winner. The earthy taste of beets combined with the peppery zing of baby rocket delivers a burst of flavours. A must-have for those who appreciate the classics.

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Carrot noodle salad

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Carrot noodle salad with chilli and pepitas

Carrot transformed into noodles brings a playful twist, perfectly paired with creamy ricotta. Plus the chilli provides a spicy kick and pepitas offer a crunchy bite. A visual and gastronomic treat. You can swap with spiralized zucchini if you prefer.

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Barbecued eggplant

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Barbecued eggplant and haloumi salad

Enjoy the smoky aroma of barbecued eggplant combined with the rich, briny texture of haloumi and sweetness of pomegranate. Check out our top tips on the easiest way to cut and deseed the fruit. And if you fancy something a little fruitier, this version with strawberry and haloumi  is a must-try.

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Grilled pumpkin beetroot haloumi salad

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Grilled pumpkin, beetroot and haloumi salad

This trifecta of grilled pumpkin, earthy beetroot, and salty haloumi offers a delightful mélange of flavours. Drizzled with a tangy dressing, it’s the salad that keeps you coming back for seconds.

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Nectarine salad

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Nectarine and grain salad

Pairing fresh nectarines with hearty grains, sweet currants and nutty pecans, this impressive salad embodies summer and is the perfect support act to any Christmas turkey or ham for an easy lunch or picnic.

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Risoni Caprese Salad

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Risoni Caprese salad

A classic with a twist! Infused with risoni pasta, fresh tomatoes, and creamy mozzarella, it's a celebration of Italian flavours amidst the festivities of Christmas.

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Brussels Sprout Slaw

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Brussels sprout slaw with apple and mint

Discover the magic of Brussels sprouts as they unite with crisp apples and refreshing mint. Topped with hazelnuts, it's a crunchy delight and the perfect addition to any Christmas spread. If you prefer cranberries, try this version of the Brussels sprout slaw.

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Smashed potatoes

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Smashed salt and vinegar potato salad

Reimagine the potato salad with a tangy salt and vinegar twist. It's crispy, and undoubtedly a crowd pleaser. Colourful? Check. Crunchy? Check. Perfect for Christmas? Check.

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