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Easy Christmas Salad

This Christmas Salad is a blend of sautéed kale, shredded Brussels sprouts, celery, jalapeno, onions, ginger, garlic, and za’atar. Served with pomegranate arils, this is a festive and healthy salad to add to your holiday table.

Sauteed Warm Easy Christmas Salad

This Easy Christmas Salad is for you if you want to switch up your salad game this winter. Instead of a fresh, cold salad, opt for a warm, sautéed one filled with a variety of flavors and textures – just like this one!

This is one of our favorite winter salads as it is:

• Seasoned deliciously with onions, ginger, garlic, lime, and za’atar,
• Packed full of healthy greens,
• Plant-based & vegan,
• Can be made in less than 30 minutes, and
• Is so easy to make!

Ingredients to make Christmas Salad

How to make Christmas Salad?

This Easy Christmas Salad starts off with a base of onions, garlic, and ginger sauteed in oil. In Sri Lankan cuisine, almost every dish starts off this way. And, the combination of onions + ginger + garlic is touted as an immunity builder.

When the onions start to become translucent and ever so lightly brown, then the Brussels Sprouts are added in. They are followed by celery and jalapeno. Then a generous sprinkling of za’atar and the kale is tossed in.

The salad is removed from the heat shortly after and flavored with lime, salt, and pepper. This salad is best enjoyed warm with a smattering of ruby-hued pomegranate arils for a festive (and nutritious) spin!

making Christmas Salad

Easy Substitutions:

If you don’t like Brussels sprouts, then use broccoli instead. Not a huge fan of kale – then use milder spinach instead.

If you would prefer your Christmas salad not to be spicy, you can tone down the heat in the following two ways. First, using gloves, you can cut out and remove as much of the seeds of the jalapeno and use only the flavorful green flesh. Second, you can substitute the jalapeno with green bell peppers instead. Both lend a flavorful crunch to this Christmas Salad.

If you don’t have za’atar on hand, you can order it via Amazon right here (affiliate link) and have it delivered before Christmas. I’ve also seen zaatar in the spice section in stores like Sprouts, Kroger, and Publix.

However, if you want, you can use your favorite herb blend instead of za’atar as well. This will alter the flavor – but it would be fun to experiment – right?

making Christmas Salad by adding kale to sauteed mix of brussels sprouts onions ginger garlic celery

This is a very versatile salad that will be a delicious and nutritious addition to your holiday table – and New Years as well. In fact – it is going to be our go-to salad until the temperature down here is back in the 70s!

I love to balance off my love for all things desserty with healthy mains and sides at my holiday table.

I do my best to fill my table with sides like Za’atar Asparagus with Pomegranate, Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts Apple Salad, Easy Meatless Veggie Balls, and this Easy Christmas Salad so I can enjoy treats like these Christmas Cake Cupcakes, these custard pies, pies made with this mincemeat, and these cookies!

Sauteed Warm Easy Christmas Salad

Easy Christmas Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This Christmas Salad is a blend of sautéed kale, shredded Brussels sprouts, celery, jalapeno, onions, ginger, garlic, and za’atar. Served with pomegranate arils, this is a festive and healthy salad to add to your holiday table.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1-inch knob of ginger
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 6-7 large Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 jalapeno
  • 7-8 kale leaves
  • 2 tbsp za'atar
  • 1/2 lime
  • salt and pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp pomegranate arils

Instructions

  1. Peel the onion, garlic cloves, and ginger.
  2. Rinse the celery stalks, Brussels sprouts, jalapeno, and kale.
  3. Roughly chop up the onion, garlic, ginger and add it to a pan along with the oil. Set the pan on the stovetop with the heat on medium.
  4. Let saute for about 10 minutes until onions are translucent and slightly browning.
  5. While onions, garlic, ginger are sauteing, finely chop the Brussels sprouts, and celery. Also, separate the kale stalks (middle fibrous part of the kale leaves and discard them. Chop up the kale leaves into slivers like the Brussels Sprouts - making sure to set them in separate bundles as they will be added to the hot pan depending on how long they need to cook.
  6. Carefully slice the jalapeno lengthwise. If you do not want this Christmas salad to be spicy, discard as much of the white pith and seeds as you would like to. Then, chop up the jalapeno and set it aside.
  7. Add the Brussels sprouts to the pan with the onion, ginger, and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes.
  8. Then add in the celery and saute for 2 minutes or so.
  9. Add in the jalapeno and stir well.
  10. Add in the kale.
  11. Sprinkle on the za'atar and stir well for about a minute.
  12. Remove from the heat and add in the juice of half a lime. This will help loosen up any tasty brown bits on the pan as well.
  13. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix well.
  14. Serve warm, tossed with pomegranate arils.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 132Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 176mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 6gSugar 6gProtein 5g

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