Smoked salmon, goat cheese and cranberry salad. Easy and delicious recipe for Christmas

Huma Qurashi By Huma Qurashi

Christmas doesn’t always have to be associated with hearty and indulgent dishes. To counterbalance them, we can introduce a special salad to our Christmas menus featuring more upscale ingredients than usual, perfectly complementing the traditional Christmas appetizers.

In our household, it’s a tradition to present a Christmas salad (a bit more sophisticated than those enjoyed in the summer) on those significant occasions. This not only promotes a healthier dining experience but also helps offset the excess calories typically associated with traditional Christmas fare.

Today, we’ll explore the steps to craft a standout Christmas salad that is sure to steal the spotlight on any festive table: a delightful smoked salmon, goat cheese, and cranberry salad. This dish marries the freshness of smoked salmon with the creamy, tangy notes of goat cheese, offering a light yet flavorful alternative for those seeking a balance in their Christmas menu.

This smoked salmon and goat cheese salad exemplifies how a dish can be both easy, simple, and quick to prepare while radiating elegance in the kitchen. The silky texture and smoky flavor of the salmon harmonize perfectly with the creamy richness and distinctive character of the goat cheese, while the arugula and lamb’s lettuce introduce a crunchy and vibrant element to the ensemble.

You can have all the components prepped and ready, then assemble the salad just before kicking off the festive lunch or dinner. Within minutes, you’ll have a visually appealing dish, and you can even prepare the vinaigrette in advance for it to marinate. So, without further delay, let’s gather our ingredients and immerse ourselves in the art of crafting a Christmas salad destined to delight all our guests.

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  • 200g smoked salmon
  • 150g mixture of lamb’s lettuce and arugula salad
  • 150g goat cheese
  • Toasted bread croutons
  • 100g blueberries
  • 10 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 3g fine salt

Creating a Culinary Masterpiece:

Step 1: Setting the Foundation

On a festive platter or a visually appealing plate, create a bed using a mixture of lamb’s lettuce and arugula. Sprinkle a pinch of fine salt over the greens and gently toss.

Step 2: Crafting the Vinaigrette

In a glass jar, combine extra virgin olive oil and sherry vinegar. Seal the jar and shake vigorously, creating a creamy dressing. Drizzle a small amount of the vinaigrette over the prepared lamb’s lettuce, ensuring even coverage.

Step 3: Artful Arrangement

Cut the smoked salmon into bite-sized pieces and distribute them evenly over the bed of greens. Follow by cutting the goat cheese into irregular pieces and placing them among the salmon. Scatter blueberries and croutons strategically to add both sweetness and crunch.

Step 4: Finishing Touch

Generously spray the entire ensemble with the remaining vinaigrette, ensuring every element gets a flavorful coating. Present the salad at the table, and let your guests admire the artistry before indulging in this exquisite Christmas creation.

Tips for Culinary Success:

  • Quality Matters: Opt for high-quality, fresh ingredients as they play a pivotal role in the overall success of this recipe.
  • Perfect Harmony: The secret to a delightful salad lies in the vinaigrette. Choose a traditional dressing with sherry vinegar or experiment with a touch of mustard and honey to accentuate the smoky flavor of the salmon.

Tips for Culinary Success


This Christmas, treat your guests to a culinary masterpiece with the Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese, and Blueberry Salad. With the perfect blend of textures and flavors, this dish promises to be the star of your festive table, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to your holiday celebration.

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Hi! I'm Huma Qurashi, an international educator and food writer, excited about bringing you traditional Pakistani recipes from across the country.
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