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Christmas Salad Recipe

by Adrianne

Christmas Salad with a ham, our Christmas cocktail and our Wreath Pavlova and you have the Christmas menu of champions! Just like our Thanksgiving salad recipe we are especially festive at this time of year!

Toss Christmas Salad in a large white bowl

Salad recipes like our Crispy Chicken BLT SaladSalmon Zucchini Salad and Watermelon Cucumber Salad are fun because we can make them colourful and bright with tasty ingredients!

A Good Christmas Salad

I feel like the perfect song to express the joys of this salad go something like:

‘Christmas Salad, Christmas Salad, Christmas all the way!
Oh what fun it is to have a plate full of salad on Christmas day!
(yep, you guessed it, I have Jingle Bells on my brain!!!) 

Are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet?  I have been seeing the Christmas lights of our suburb and it is so pretty and really gets you in the festive mood. It is a good time of year. HOT in Sunny Queensland, but you get used to it after a few years/life here, haha!!

Remember recently when we did the Thanksgiving Salad and if you forgot, this will jog your memory,  here is it!

Well, I wanted to bring something similar to our Christmas Tables as we had on our Thanksgiving Tables and this Christmas Salad recipe is it!!

Christmas salads with a sweet mango drizzle

I really considered what Christmas flavours are…..and then I went about putting ALL OF THEM into this dish, WHOOP!

The best thing is there is a bit of booze in there! I will let you in on a little secret….us Aussies LOVE our booze. It is like our national drink of choice (anything alcoholic!). If you want to drink whilst you make this dish, hey, who am I to judge….I did put a little booze in me at the same time as in the salad, so go for it! It will help bring on the Christmas Cheer!

You may even want to whip up a cocktail for the occasion and for that I recommend our Christmas Cocktail (it too uses the beautiful sweet moscato).

About the recipe:

  • This is the PERFECT salad for your Christmas table!!
  • The recipe does have meat (speck in it)
  • We use cinnamon, rosemary, chilli flakes, garlic and salt and pepper to roast our pumpkin so it tastes amazing!!
  • There is only 2 ingredients for the Mango Moscato Drizzle

To answer your questions:

  1. The Christmas Salad can be served cold, warm or hot!
  2. I do not recommend freezing the salad (as the peas and edamame were already frozen)
  3. The recipe involves using the stove, the oven and the microwave
  4. This is a REASONABLY STRAIGHTFORWARD dish to pull together

Let’s  whip up this dish together…here is how to make our Christmas Salad with step by step photos:

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How to make a Christmas Salad

Our cinnamon roasted pumpkin is a key ingredient in this dish and it tastes BLOODY GOOD!! There are lots of flavours in the seasoning as that is what Christmas is all about! If you use a bowl of some sort, like you can see here in my pics, it will be easier to coat all of your pumpkin pieces by using a pastry brush.

If you haven’t heard of speck before, you will be able to get it in the meat section of the supermarket. It has a higher fat content than bacon and is smoked as part of the final step when it is cured. This tastes AMAZING when we cook it with a little moscato.

For our drizzle, I used frozen mango pieces, but fresh is good too, so if you have mangoes in season, go for it!! (They will require a little bit less cook time as they are not frozen to begin with).

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Our Mango Moscato drizzle is the key that draws everything together for our salad!

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Ingredients for Christmas Salad

The peas and edamame are super simple as both are frozen, cooked, then added to the mix. I have a little secret too for the quinoa……..I DID IT IN THE MICROWAVE yup, uh-huh, easy as and I used vegetable stock so it’s going to pack a punch in your mouth!

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Dressing for Christmas Salad

I find tossing salads a relaxing and heartwarming task, which always makes me sigh and breath a little deeper, thinking about the good stuff I am putting into my body. I am sure you will too (from your Therapist by the way, haha! see my recent posts if this goes over your head and you want to stay in the loop!!).

Christmas Salad 13 | Sweet Caramel Sunday

If you have left over drizzle, pop it on the table and it can be used on meats/vegetables! If you don’t have Moscato, you can use a Dry White, like a Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (the New Zealand ones are pretty close to perfect!)

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Christmas Salad 24 | Sweet Caramel Sunday

Christmas Salad

Christmas Salad is on Sweet Caramel Sunday! With simple ingredients and step by step instructions, you will be able to make this dish for Christmas!
5 from 25 votes
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, special occasion
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: christmas, Christmas Recipes, Christmas Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 423kcal
Author: Adrianne


Christmas Salad

  • 500 grams butternut pumpkin
  • 2 cups dried quinoa
  • 4 cups water (quinoa)
  • 4 vegetable stock cubes (quinoa)
  • 10 cups water (peas)
  • 5 vegetable stock cubes
  • 500 grams frozen peas
  • 200 grams frozen edamame
  • 250 grams speck
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine (speck)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon (ground)
  • 1/2 tbsp rosemary leaves (dried)
  • 1/2 tbsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp himalayan rock salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper

Mango Moscato Drizzle

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mango pieces
  • 1/3 cup moscato wine


Christmas Salad

  • Add water for the quinoa, stock cubes for the quinoa and dried quinoa to microwave safe container and cook for 12 minutes on high 
  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees F 82.2 degrees C. Line a baking tray with paper. Peel and dice your pumpkin into small cubes. Discard any seeds. 
  • In a small bowl add olive oil, cinnamon, rosemary, salt and pepper, stir to combine. Use a pastry brush to coat all pumpkin pieces liberally in the seasoning mix. Place in oven for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer insert goes into a pumpkin piece and out the other side with no resistance. 
  • Add water for the peas and stock cubes for the peas to a large saucepan. Bring to the boil. Add frozen peas and replace lid of saucepan. When water boils again, turn off heat, drain and discard water. 
  • Use a microwave safe bowl to cook the edamame for 3 minutes 
  • Chop the speck into small pieces. Add a splash of olive oil to a medium frypan, add the speck and the moscato and fry off until the wine is absorbed. 
  • Combine quinoa, cinnamon roasted pumpkin pieces, peas, speck and edamame to a large salad bowl 
  • Dress with Mango Moscato Drizzle and stir to combine 

Mango Moscato Drizzle

  • Combine frozen mango and moscato in a medium sized saucepan. Add white and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and when cool, use a hand held mixer to blend to a smooth consistency. 


  • You can use a dry white wine for cooking the speck and in the drizzle in place of the moscato if you prefer a less sweet wine. 
  • You will hardly notice the chilli on the pumpkin, so don't stress that it is going to be 'spicy'.
  • The  water for the peas will get hotter a lot faster if you use a lid on your saucepan.
  • I don't cook the peas and edamame together for 2 reasons: 1) I want different textures to them 2) Food styling of the salad 
  • This is a HUGE salad!! If you want to make a smaller version, reduce the quinoa to either 1/2 cup (makes 1 cup cooked) or 1 cup (makes 2 cups cooked). Then you could do 1/2 the peas also. However, I would leave the rest of the ingredients the same, unless you want a bit less pumpkin too. 


Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 1042mg | Potassium: 686mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 6100IU | Vitamin C: 40.8mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 3.5mg
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Please note this recipe was published on 5th December 2018 and updated on 30th November 2019.

12 Days of Christmas recipes… 

  1. Christmas Wreath Pavlova
  2. Crispy Smashed Potatoes
  3. Steamed Broccolini (greens to balance out our carbs)
  4. Baked Chicken Meatballs
  5. Chargrilled Asparagus (more balance on our plates)
  6. Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts 
  7. Garlic and Mushrooms
  8. Brussel Sprout Salad (A healthy side with a non dairy creamy dressing!)
  9. Thanksgiving Salad 
  10. Christmas Cocktail (present opening drinks, YES!!!)
  11. Snowman Chocolate Bark 
  12. Mistletoe Cupcakes

As always sing out if you have questions about the recipes or techniques, I’ve got you sorted and you have got this salad sorted!

Adrianne xx


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Danielle Wolter December 5, 2018 - 11:52 am

5 stars
I am just loving this salad! So many great flavors all in one bowl. This is the perfect way to eat well, but still feel like you’re getting something yummy!

Adrianne December 5, 2018 - 12:09 pm

Thanks Danielle! It tastes soooooo good as well. Yep, a little bit of naughty and nice in the one Christmas salad, cheers!

Chichi Uguru December 5, 2018 - 12:19 pm

5 stars
The colors in this Salad are robust and inviting. It’s really a nice salad to share with family and friends this season.

Adrianne December 5, 2018 - 12:22 pm

Awesome thanks Chichi, it definitely is!! Cheers

Danielle December 5, 2018 - 12:45 pm

5 stars
I never thought to serve up a salad at Christmas. But this looks delicious and so colourful!

Adrianne December 5, 2018 - 12:58 pm

Thanks Danielle! Yes, I try and get as much colour in the dishes as I can. Cheers

Emily December 5, 2018 - 1:11 pm

5 stars
I don’t usually think about salads when I am coming up with Christmas recipes. Thanks for the reminder to eat healthy!

Adrianne December 5, 2018 - 5:07 pm

You are welcome Emily!

Jacqueline Debono December 5, 2018 - 1:12 pm

5 stars
What a super salad idea, so many amazing flavours! I’ve never thought to make salad with roasted pumpkin. Definitely want to try it!

Adrianne December 5, 2018 - 5:14 pm

Thanks Jacqueline! Hope you give it a go, cheers!

Tayler Ross December 5, 2018 - 7:33 pm

5 stars
This is my kind of salad! So many amazing ingredients and flavors!

Adrianne December 5, 2018 - 7:44 pm

Great Tayler! I am so glad so love it. Cheers

Courtney December 5, 2018 - 8:01 pm

5 stars
Loving the seasoning on your pumpkin!! Sounds like a healthy and flavourful salad.

Adrianne December 5, 2018 - 8:50 pm

Thanks Courtney! Me too!

Kate Hackworthy December 5, 2018 - 8:13 pm

5 stars
I love all these flavours! Adding the cinnamon and mango is such a great touch. So nice to see a healthy festive dish!

Adrianne December 5, 2018 - 8:51 pm

Cheers Kate! Wishing you a happy holiday period, cheers!

Jen December 5, 2018 - 8:36 pm

5 stars
Nice to see a different take on a salad! I have a weird obsession with peas and any type of ham. They go great together.

Adrianne December 5, 2018 - 8:52 pm

So true Jen, I agree! Cheers and enjoy your Christmas holidays.

Mary December 5, 2018 - 9:07 pm

What great flavors! I love roasted squash!

Adrianne December 6, 2018 - 2:43 am

Awesome thanks Mary, me too!

mimi rippee December 6, 2018 - 3:05 pm

I love absolutely everything about this salad. Except for the quinoa. Not my favorite grain, but I have a ton that I can use for a substitute. It would even be good with a few dried cranberries. Not that I want a significant sweetness in my salads. Thanks for this recipe!

Adrianne December 6, 2018 - 4:23 pm

Great Mimi, glad you like it. Yes, I remember you saying that about her another salad I had done. That makes sense. Yes, the cranberries are a great idea. They are not huge over here and we never have them fresh but we do have normal cherries which are delicious. Take care.

Kavita Favelle December 7, 2018 - 10:49 am

I’ve actually not come across the idea of this kind of salad for Christmas but I really like it, I can see it working really well. And I love roasted squash too!

Adrianne December 7, 2018 - 11:22 am

Cheers Kavita! Yes, got to have some healthy salads along with all of the more indulgent types of food at this time of year, I say! Cheers

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry December 7, 2018 - 11:23 am

Such a flavourful and colourful salad dish. I definitely need to be giving this a try this festive season.

Adrianne December 7, 2018 - 12:13 pm

Cheers Bintu! I hope you love it, great variety of flavours in there, cheers!

Michelle December 7, 2018 - 11:45 am

5 stars
What a great idea! With so much heavy food around Christmas, a good salad would definitely be a good idea. And this salad looks amazing!

Adrianne December 7, 2018 - 12:14 pm

Thanks Michelle! Yes, I totally agree with you, can’t have too much heavy foods at any time of year!! Cheers

Amy | The Cook Report December 7, 2018 - 12:55 pm

5 stars
Love all the ingredients in here, especially the edamame! It’s definitely perfect for Christmas 🙂

Adrianne December 7, 2018 - 6:43 pm

Thanks Amy!! Glad you like it, cheers!

Sylvie December 9, 2018 - 2:39 am

5 stars
Roasted Pumpkin and Edamame… what more do you need for a delicious salad!? Maybe that Mango Moscato Drizzle! Looks So So delicious 🙂

Adrianne December 9, 2018 - 3:36 am

Thanks Sylvie for stopping by, a girl’s got to love a bit of roasted pumpkin hey!!

Alexandra December 9, 2018 - 5:37 am

5 stars
This Christmas salad is a bowl of happiness if you ask me – DELICIOUS!

Adrianne December 9, 2018 - 5:50 am

Thanks Alex!! Hope you are getting ready, not long till Santa comes x

Jaimie | Nosh December 14, 2018 - 11:08 pm

5 stars
A salad with meat is always the best salad! Looks great!

Adrianne December 15, 2018 - 3:56 pm

Cheers Jaimie! Thanks for the positive vibes.

kim December 15, 2018 - 12:23 pm

5 stars
What a pretty festive recipe! I love how easy and tasty this one is too!

Adrianne December 15, 2018 - 3:57 pm

Thanks Kim, yes it is so easy!

Kelly Anthony December 15, 2018 - 1:58 pm

5 stars
I just love a pea salad and this one looks fabulous. I’m also loving the colors and the flavor combination.

Adrianne December 15, 2018 - 3:57 pm

Great to hear Kelly! I love a pea salad too!

Claudia Lamascolo December 15, 2018 - 2:19 pm

5 stars
wow all such vibrant fresh ingredients I love, I havent had breakfast yet and this sounds like I could eat this anytime of the day!

Adrianne December 15, 2018 - 3:58 pm

Yes Claudia, brunch, lunch, dinner whenever suits! Cheers

Amanda Wren-Grimwood December 15, 2018 - 2:24 pm

5 stars
That looks like the perfect buffet salad for the festive period. Love that you can eat it at any temperature too!

Adrianne December 15, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Thanks Amanda. It is so versatile!

Julia December 15, 2018 - 2:49 pm

5 stars
This is my kind of a salad! Pure deliciousness!

Adrianne December 15, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Cheers Julia!

Deeksha December 27, 2018 - 5:59 am

5 stars
Salad looks so vibrant and full of flavors!!

Adrianne December 27, 2018 - 6:50 am

Awesome. Thanks Deeksha!! It is such a delicious dish.

molly March 2, 2019 - 5:09 am

5 stars
Wow this salad looks so tempting. I need to try this out asap

Adrianne November 15, 2019 - 9:12 am

sounds good Molly, hope you give it a go!

Dannii December 11, 2019 - 9:05 am

What a delicious salad. It’s nice to have something light on the table at Christmas too.

Jo Allison December 11, 2019 - 11:20 am

5 stars
What a gorgeous salad! I do love how filling and delicious it is! Roasted butternut squash provides that lovely savoury sweetness and dressing is amazing!

Adrianne December 11, 2019 - 11:32 am

Thanks Jo! Great to get your feedback on this one.

kim December 11, 2019 - 12:04 pm

5 stars
I’m loving this salad recipe! It has so much flavor and could not be easier. Will definitely make again!

Anita December 11, 2019 - 12:35 pm

5 stars
What a colorful bowl of salad, just the perfect way to celebrate Christmas. And that mango dressing is to die for. 🙂

Kelly Anthony December 11, 2019 - 1:46 pm

5 stars
The cinnamon roasted pumpkin looks amazing. This will make a perfect side dish to any Christmas menu.


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