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Brighten up your Christmas table with one of these festive salads. The options are many, from healthy greens to sweet and savory Jello salads and everything in between.

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By garciamoss

Rate this recipe 4.5/5 (4 Votes)
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Servings 6
Preparation time 15
Cooking time 15

  • PICKLED RAISINS:
  • 1 bunch treviso radicchio
  • Walnut oil or another nut oil, to season
  • Maldon sea salt, to season
  • Sherry vinegar, to season
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small bunch kale, stems removed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup strained pickled raisins (recipe below)
  • 2 ripe pears, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup toasted and roughly chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 3 sprigs thyme, leaves picked off
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar

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