These Christmas salad recipes make vibrant, delicious salads that we reckon you should put on repeat to impress your guests over the upcoming holidays. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas with loved-ones or cooking meals for family and friends during the festive period, make these vibrant, delicious salads once and I guarantee your guests will keep asking for them – and you’ll want to keep making them.
These Christmas salad recipes make some of my favourite salad recipes. While we prepare these year-round, they’re impressive salads that are perfect for festive meals and holiday feasting. They’re also salads that are not your typical Christmas salad, and will hopefully making a nice change from the usual potato salad.
So many cooks go all out to treat guests over the holidays with generous spreads of fresh seafood in the sultry southern hemisphere or roasted meats and baked vegetables in the wintery north, then serve a simple garden salad as a side. If that strikes a chord, these Christmas salads are for you.
These holiday salad recipes offer ideas for bright salads that are not only a feast for the eyes, as all good food should be, but taste absolutely delicious. They’re also filling salads, yet they are salads guests will want to keep eating, so make them big salads.
Lay the salad out on the largest serving plate you can find or serve the salad in multiple bowls if feeding a long table of loved-ones. They look so gorgeous, nobody will mind.
Before you scroll down, we have more Christmas recipe collections you may like, including our best Christmas cocktail recipes, best dip recipes for crackers and crudités for festive parties, best Christmas starters (including devilled eggs), and best desserts for Christmas. We also have homemade edible Christmas gifts you can make and Christmas gifts for food lovers designed with Terence’s mouthwatering images in our Grantourismo store.
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Christmas Salad Recipes to Put On Repeat to Impress Your Guests These Holidays
Russian Salmon Potato Salad Recipe with Soft-Boiled Eggs, Gherkins, Capers and Dill
This Russian salmon potato salad recipe with soft-boiled eggs, capers, gherkins and dill makes a filling salad that you can eat year-round.
In the cool season, you can serve it with warm potatoes and seared salmon straight from the pan, while it can be refrigerated for warm weather meals, such as summer barbecues and spring picnics. It’s one of the best Christmas salad recipes.
I really love a salad you can eat year-round and this Russian salmon potato salad recipe with soft-boiled eggs, capers, gherkins, and fresh fragrant dill fits that bill.
You can work quickly and combine the potatoes, pan-seared salmon and soft-boiled eggs while they’re still warm if you’re eating this in cool or cold weather.
Or if you’re making this salmon potato salad recipe for Christmas day lunch in the sun, summer picnics or holiday barbecues, then follow the instructions below and refrigerate it. If you enjoy this, you’ll find more of my Russian family recipes here.
Thai Fried Egg Salad Recipe for Yam Khai Dao, a Deliciously Addictive Crispy Fried Egg Salad
This Thai fried egg salad recipe for yam khai dao makes an addictive salad of crispy fried eggs with sweet tomatoes, purple shallots, crunchy peanuts, fragrant coriander and Chinese celery, chillies, and a salad dressing that’s all at once sweet, sour, tangy, and funky.
Originally published in our series, Weekend Eggs, on quintessential eggs dishes from around the world, this is one of the best Christmas salad recipes to make for Christmas brunch or a late Boxing Day breakfast or New Year’s Day brunch.
Sweet juicy tomatoes, aromatic coriander, crunchiness coming from the purple shallots, roasted peanuts and Chinese celery stems, a hit of heat from the chillies, crispy fried eggs that soak up a salad dressing that’s sour, sweet, tangy, and funky… this Thai fried egg salad is so simple yet so delicious.
I guarantee your guests will keep asking for this, and you’ll be more than happy to accommodate them.
Shan Tomato Salad Recipe with Shallots, Sesame and Coriander from Shan State, Myanmar
This Shan tomato salad recipe with shallots, sesame and coriander will make you a sweet tomato salad textured with crunchy purple onions, sesame seeds and crispy fried shallots and garlic, and fragrant fresh coriander.
Mostly made with green tomatoes, it’s typically eaten as a refreshing accompaniment to rich curries and rice, but as far as I’m concerned it’s one of the best Christmas salad recipes you can make, especially if you’re in the southern hemisphere and celebrate Christmas in summer.
Not salad, but this Burmese street food-style fried chicken is also fantastic for outdoor holiday eating.
Easy Cherry Tomato Salad Recipe
This easy cherry tomato salad recipe is the best tomato salad recipe ever if you want a taste of summer on the Mediterranean, and it’s another one of our best Christmas salad recipes.
It’s super quick and easy to make – so easy that after you make this you’ll never have to look at this recipe again. The key to making this summer salad taste great is fresh, flavourful produce and top quality ingredients.
In my dreams I’m using the sweetest tomatoes and crunchiest cucumbers from Lebanon, the grassiest extra virgin olive oil from Valencia, sweet red onions from Tropea, briny capers from Pantelleria, Ortiz salted anchovies from Spain, aromatic Italian basil from Liguria, and, of course, the juiciest olives from Kalamata and finest feta cheese from any village in Greece…
If you can’t get hold of any of those products, just use the best quality ingredients you have available locally and you’ll create one of the best tomato salads you’ve ever eaten.
Yum Chee Fresh Herb Salad Recipe from 100 Mahaseth Restaurant Bangkok
‘Chee’ is herb’ in Thai and there are three key herbs in the dish: Puck Chee or coriander, Puck Chee Lao or dill, and Puck Chee Farang or Sawtooth coriander.
‘Yum’ is a salad in Thai. While this incredibly fragrant salad is akin to a European-style green salad, it’s distinctly Southeast Asian in its aromas, sweet and sour flavours and zesty-ness.
Mexican Grilled Corn Salad Recipe
This Mexican grilled corn salad recipe can be made from scratch or can be assembled using any leftovers if you made our grilled corn on the cob street food snack called elotes. It’s another of our best Christmas salad recipes and is also fantastic for summer barbecues or picnics.
For this salad, we do our corn on a griddle pan in the kitchen or a traditional clay brazier on the balcony here in Cambodia. You could also use an outdoor barbecue or grill or stovetop Korean BBQ grill pan.
If you’re up for a full Mexican/Tex-Mex food feast over the holidays, see our recipes for sopa de tortilla from San Miguel de Allende, tacos al pastor, chili con carne, easy red tomato salsa, authentic Mexican guacamole, quesadillas, and our ultimate nachos.
Grilled Corn Salad Recipe With Lime, Chilli, Lemongrass Mayo and Sourdough Croutons
Inspired by the traditional Mexican grilled corn salad, above, and the corn salads of the backyard barbecues of my childhood growing up in Sydney, Australia, this grilled corn salad recipe with lime, chilli, lemongrass mayonnaise, and sourdough croutons is another of our best Christmas salad recipes.
The salad uses up grilled corn on the cob leftovers from your weekend barbecues (I used up the leftovers I had from this char-grilled corn with lime butter and lemongrass mayonnaise to create this recipe) and those hard sourdough bread ends you didn’t finish.
Terence happened to have a crunchy end of near-stale sourdough, as, avid sourdough baker that he is, he’s pulling homemade sourdough boules out of the oven every few days. (If you’re new to sourdough baking, see his excellent easy sourdough beginner’s guide).
I asked him to make some sourdough croutons and crunchy toasted sourdough crumbs, which gave this fragrant grilled corn salad fantastic texture.
Please do let us know if you make any of our Christmas salad recipes in the comments below or tag us on social media if you share them, as we’d love to know how they turn out for you.