The holiday season is a time for togetherness, joy, and of course, delicious food. If you’re looking to add a burst of color and flavor to your festive table, our Christmas salad is the perfect choice. I found this recipe for what was called Christmas crunch salad in an old, dusty church cookbook, but there’s nothing outdated about this flavorful and crunchy dish!

Christmas salad recipe in a bowl

How to Make Christmas Salad

Ingredients You’ll Need For Christmas Crunch Salad

Before we dive into the details of how to make this vibrant salad, let’s gather all the ingredients required for this Christmas crunch salad recipe:

easy festive salad recipe

Ingredients For the Christmas Salad:

  • 4 cups of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 4 cups of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved

Ingredients For the Dressing:

  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

With our ingredients ready, let’s get started on crafting this festive dish.

Step-by-Step Directions

Step 1: Vegetable Harmony

veggies in a bowl

Begin by gathering all the vegetables – the broccoli, cauliflower, red onion, and cherry tomatoes – in a large bowl. To ensure a delightful crunch, make sure to cut the broccoli and cauliflower into bite-sized florets. The red onion adds a zesty kick, while the cherry tomatoes provide a burst of color to this Christmas salad.

veggie dish being made

Step 2: Crafting the Creamy Dressing

The secret to a delicious Christmas Crunch Salad lies in its creamy dressing. In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, granulated sugar, and white vinegar. Stir until you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency. The sugar adds a touch of sweetness, while the vinegar provides a hint of tanginess, creating a perfect balance of flavors.

Step 3: Uniting Flavors and Seasoning

Now comes the moment of culinary magic. Pour the luscious dressing over the colorful medley of vegetables and gently toss everything together until every veggie is coated in the creamy goodness. Don’t forget to season with a sprinkle of salt and a dash of pepper to taste. This step is where the flavors come alive, creating a symphony of taste and texture.

Step 4: Chilling for Flavor Infusion

To enhance the flavors and allow them to meld further, cover your salad bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. This chilling time allows the dressing to infuse the veggies, resulting in a harmonious blend of flavors.

broccoli tomato holiday dish

Why You’ll Love Our Christmas Salad

Now that you know how to make this delightful Christmas crunch salad, let’s delve into why you’ll adore it:

A Festive Presentation

Christmas is all about vibrant colors and joyful celebrations, and this Christmas salad embodies the holiday spirit with its colorful ingredients. The reds, greens, and whites in this dish make it a visual delight for your festive table.

christmas salad

Effortless Preparation

In the midst of holiday preparations, simplicity is a blessing. This Christmas crunch salad is a breeze to make, requiring minimal effort and time. You can focus on other aspects of your holiday meal while still serving a delightful dish. Looking for more crunchy salads? Try my Cucumber Tomato Salad, Coleslaw, Broccoli Salad, and Broccoli and Red Cabbage Slaw.

Flavorful Medley

The combination of fresh broccoli, cauliflower, sweet cherry tomatoes, and zesty red onion creates a delightful flavor medley. The creamy dressing with its sweet and tangy notes elevates the taste, making each bite a burst of deliciousness.

easy bright salad in a bowl

Versatile Companion

Whether you’re serving a hearty roast, grilled meats, or even catering to vegetarian preferences, this salad is a versatile companion that pairs effortlessly with a wide range of main courses. Also, while we’re calling this dish a Christmas salad, you can enjoy it any time of the year!

A Crowd-Pleaser

One of the most significant reasons to love this recipe is its universal appeal. Even those who aren’t typically salad enthusiasts will find themselves reaching for seconds.

In conclusion, the Christmas crunch salad is a testament to how a few simple ingredients can come together to create something truly special. It’s a delightful addition to any Christmas gathering, from intimate family dinners to larger festive feasts. So, gather your ingredients, follow the easy steps, and watch your loved ones savor this wonderful creation. Enjoy the holiday season and the delicious flavors it brings to your table!

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Christmas crunch salad

Christmas Salad

This bright, crunchy, and creamy Christmas salad is great for the holidays or any time of the year!
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  • 4 cups broccoli, cut into bite size florets
  • 4 cups cauliflower, cut into bite size florets
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved


  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsps granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl stir together all the vegetables. 
  • Stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar and the vinegar until smooth. Pour over the vegetables and toss until coated. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 160kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 148mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g
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