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This Holiday Salad is a perfect Salad to make for your Holiday Entertaining. It is colorful, well textured and super delicious. Homemade Cranberry Vinaigrette is cooked partially in Instant Pot and is finger-licking good. #holidaysalad #cranberryrecipes #vinaigretterecipe #holidayrecipes #easyholidayside #instantpotholidayrecipe
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Holiday Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

This Holiday Salad is a perfect Salad to make for your Holiday Entertaining. It is colorful, well textured and super delicious. Homemade Cranberry Vinaigrette is cooked partially in Instant Pot and is finger-licking good.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas salad, cranberry vinaigrette, easy salad recipes, holiday salad, instant pot vinaigrette, Thanksgiving sides
Servings: 8
Author: simplyvegetarian777

Ingredients

Holiday Salad Ingredients

  • 1 large Salad Bag ( I used Romaine) Use your favorite greens or a mix
  • 1 large Apple (red delicious variety) cored and Thinly sliced
  • 1 large Pear cored and Thinly sliced
  • 1 large or 1 cup Pomegrenate pearls or arils
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled use goat or blue cheese if you like
  • 1 cup Nuts, Honey Roasted
  • To Taste Cranberry Vinaigrette

Cranberry Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • 2 cups Cranberry, fresh
  • 1 cup Water
  • 6-7 Cloves
  • 6-7 Black Peppercorns
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp Paprika or Cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Honey or use more to taste
  • 1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar

Instructions

Cranberry Vinaigrette in Instant Pot

  • Place the inner pot inside the Instant Pot. Plug it in. Place cranberries + water + cloves + black peppercorns + cinnamon stick + paprika in the inner pot. Close the lid and set the valve to SEALING. Press the Manual/Pressure Cook Mode and set it on HIGH/MORE for 5 minutes. Once the timer goes off, follow QR (quick release manually).
  • Once it cools down a bit, transfer it in your high-speed blender. Now add honey and red wine vinegar to the blender. Blend it till smooth. I did not use any salt. If you would like, add to your taste. 
  • Cranberry Vinaigrette is ready. Once it completely cools down, store in an airtight bottle.

Making HOLIDAY SALAD

  • This is the easiest thing to do. You can do it 2 ways for the party.
  • 1. Set it like a HOLIDAY SALAD BAR and let everyone make their own salad with their choice of ingredients. Or just add fruits to the greens and set everything else as an optional topping for vegans or people allergic to nuts.
  • 2. Take a large salad bowl. Spread greens at the bottom. Layer apples & pears. Top with pomegranate pearls and Feta Cheese. Sprinkle Nuts and drizzle the Cranberry Vinaigrette on top. 
  • Your HOLIDAY SALAD is ready to be put out on your HOLIDAY TABLE.