Holiday Lettuce Salad #Christmas #Salad

This salad is simple enough to whip up for a Sunday night family dinner, but also notable enough to serve for a special occasion like a bridal shower or holiday. 

Her Holiday Lettuce Salad is full of candied almonds, apple, mandarin oranges, and dried cranberries. This terrific dish was served at a bridal shower I recently co-hosted and I got numerous requests for the recipe–it’s that good!!!


  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 bag of lettuce
  • 1 small granny smith apple, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 11-ounce can of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 green onions, sliced (white and light green ends)


  1. Combine almonds with 2 tablespoons of the sugar in a saute pan. Cook, stirring, until the sugar melts and almonds are light brown. Cool on wax paper.
  2. In a small liquid measuring cup, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar with the vinegar, salt and pepper. Drizzle in the oil while whisking continuously. Set aside.
  3. In a large salad bowl, combine the lettuce, apples, oranges, cranberries and green onions. Toss with dressing before serving.
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