Holiday Salad

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To cure your Thanksgiving food hangovers, here’s a tasty and light Holiday Salad that you can whip up in a flash that’s perfect for lunch, dinner, or holiday parties.

Fresh from the lettuce, yet crunchy from the bacon and hazelnuts! And let’s not forget that wonderful burst of flavor from the pomegranate arils. This Holiday Salad is everything you need this Holiday season. Plus I have make-ahead instructions for the dressing!

Holiday Salad in a bowl

Holiday Salad Ingredients

For this Holiday Salad, I used:

  • organic pre-washed lettuce
  • pomegranate arils
  • bacon
  • toasted hazelnuts.

That’s it! The dressing is super simple too:

  • bacon grease {from all that bacon you just cooked}
  • maple syrup
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt + pepper

Easy as pie. {Did anyone else shudder at the thought of another slice of pie?}

Close up of holiday salad in a bowl

How to Make Holiday Salad

For full details on how to make this Holiday Salad, including increments, see the recipe card down below.

  1. Throw all the salad ingredients into a bowl and toss. I didn’t take step by step photos because I thought that would be sort of pointless. THAT’S how easy this salad is.
  2. For the dressing, make sure the bacon grease is still hot/warm, then toss all of those ingredients in a jar with a lid. Shake it all up and drizzle over the salad.

Make-Ahead Tips and Tricks

My main tip for making this Holiday Salad ahead of time has to do with the dressing. Bacon grease, as it cools, solidifies! 

So to make the dressing ahead of time, mix all the ingredients together in a jar. When ready to toss with the salad, pop that sucker in the microwave for a couple of seconds until things become liquid again. Then serve immediately!

Holiday Salad with Maple Bacon Dressing in a bowl

More Salads to Try!

If you loved this Holiday Salad let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to check out all of my other salad recipes.

The printable recipe card is below, enjoy! 🙂

Pomegranate Hazelnut Holiday Salad with Maple Bacon Dressing
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Holiday Salad with Maple Bacon Dressing

To cure your Thanksgiving food hangovers, here's a tasty and light Holiday Salad that you can whip up in a flash that's perfect for lunch, dinner, or holiday parties.
servings 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


For the Salad:

  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 12 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 cups toasted hazelnuts chopped
  • 1 whole pomegranate peeled and arils removed

For the Dressing:

  • 3 Tablespoons warm bacon grease reserved from cooking the bacon
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Toss all ingredients for the salad together in a bowl.
  • Place all ingredients for the dressing into a small jar and shake until combined. Pour dressing over salad, toss and serve immediately.


Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 622IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday salad


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  4. Kadi

    Hi! I just found your site through StephanieCooks and love your recipes and pics! I love the looks of this salad and am thinking of bringing it to the inlaws for Christmas Eve. However, I’ve never made a dressing out of bacon grease. If I mix all the dressing ingredients together a few hrs before being served, will the dressing solidify with the bacon grease in it? Is this dressing a “serve immediately” dressing or can I make it ahead of time and warm it up hrs later?

    1. Lauren

      If you make this in advance, the dressing will solidify but if you microwave it for 15 seconds or so, that should do it. Also, toss the salad with the dressing right before you serve!

  5. Sew Create It - Jane

    That salad looks so yummy!

    Just wanted to say I just found your blog and have been reading and printing so many of your recipes…they all look so good! I noticed on your mash potato post that you went to French immersion school as a child…now that’s a term I haven’t heard since my days living in Montreal…I was sent to French immersion too! I don’t use my French much now that I live in the UK! :o)

    Look forward to reading and printing more yummy delights ;o)

  6. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau

    What a beautiful salad for detoxing! I’m with you on the blahs and the blechs. I’m ready to hurl those leftovers out the window.

  7. marla

    Lauren, this salad looks wonderful! Love the idea of the bacon grease & maple syrup. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Sorry to read about your knee..

  8. Kathryn

    I love the colours in your pictures – the salad just jumps off the plate! I hope you had a great day yesterday and that your knee recovers quickly!

  9. Living The Sweet Life

    YUM!! I recently started adding pomegranate to my salads, it adds such a nice crunch and just the right amount of sweetness.

    This is an absolutely beautiful salad