Winter Berry Salad Wreath w/ Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

I’ve gotten SO many requests to post this -it was an original given to Candace Cameron when we had Roomag. So, here it is ladies :) Enjoy! 

This is one of the most beautiful salads you could ever prepare for such a time of year as this. Be as creative as you wish turning this winter berry salad into a beautiful Christmas wreath. The mix of textures along with the sweet and savory flavors make this salad as delicious as it is pretty. Your guests will be ranting and raving all evening. Enjoy!

In a round dish (generally used for chips and dip), add iceberg lettuce.

Lay mixed greens on top of iceberg like so.

On each side, create a circle pattern with spinach leaves (this is for decoration)

Thinly slice pears for decoration ( chop additional pears to place in salad) Add a bunch of grapes and whole strawberries to sides of wreath for additional decoration.

Chop apple and place on salad

Add chopped pears and apples, then strawberries, dried cranberries, cashews, blue berries and gorgonzola cheese. Decorate the sides of the “wreath” as creatively as you wish.

For dressing, squeeze the juice of one lemon ( approximately 1/2 cup lemon juice)

Add juice to a blender or food processor along with honey, onions, prepared dijon mustard, poppy seeds, and olive oil.

Blend well on medium speed until well combined.

Place dressing in the center for serving. Is this not the most beautiful salad you have ever seen? Not to mention delicious AND festive!

Bringing a dish? This one is perfect to wrap up and take! (Everyone will ask , “Who made this beautiful salad?!”)

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Winter Berry Salad Wreath w/ Lemon Poppyseed Dressing
Serves: 8
Prep time:
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  • 1 head of Iceberg lettuce
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 bunches grapes
  • 1 apple (chopped)
  • 1 Pear (chopped and sliced for decoration)
  • 6 Strawberries (2 whole for decorating the rest chopped)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup crumbled gorgonzaoa cheese
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp diced fresh onion
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard (Grey Poupon is what I used)
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • ⅔ cup olive oil
  1. Place iceberg lettuce around a round plate.
  2. Top with mixed greens.
  3. On both sides of "wreath" make a decoration with spinach leaves, then add bunches of grapes to each side, fanned pears and whole strawberries. Be as creative as you wish.
  4. To the salad add chopped apples, pears, strawberries, blueberries, dried cranberries, cashews and crumbled gorgonzola cheese.
  5. For dressing:
  6. Squeeze the juice of one lemon (1/2 cup) and pour into food processor or blender.
  7. Add honey, onion, dijon mustard, poppy seeds, and olive oil. Pulse until well blended.

 Dedicated to my husband Geoff Nehrenz~ 



  1. Yay! Thanks for posting this Janelle :) I can’t wait to make this for Christmas! Merry Christmas to you and your family. God bless you all, and especially your mother in law who is in my prayers.

  2. That looks incredible – I can’t wait to make it! Do you usually dip the apple slices in lemon juice to prevent them from getting brown?

  3. Can I freeze the rest of the dressing if I won’t use it right away?

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