Home for the Holiday

By on November 1, 2014
Cranberry avocado salad

By Holly Clegg –

In my home the holiday dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the year, gathered around the table with food and family. And, you will find me devoting my time preparing sensational sides that often steal the show! With a nice sweet flavor, rich in antioxidants, cranberries are a welcome sign of the holiday season to come.

Combined with toasty pecans and creamy avocadoes, Cranberry Avocado Mixed Green Salad can’t be beat! From the ‘Holiday Heroes’ Ready-Made Menus Chapter of Holly Clegg’s newest cookbook, trim&TERRIFICÒ KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence, the perfect solution to cooking – no thinking required as I have assembled many menus for effortless entertaining and home-cooking, as well as other chapters including Crock Pot Convenience, Rapid Rotisserie, and Fix It Fast. I admit I overeat every holiday, however, with trim & terrific recipes the only thing stuffed at your home will be the turkey.

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Cranberry Avocado Mixed Green Salad

Tart cranberries, buttery avocados and nutty pecans combine to make one delicious, anytime salad.

Makes 6-8 servings

  • 1 (9-ounce) bag baby spinach
  • 1 (9-ounce) bag mixed greens
  • 2 medium avocados, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup pecans, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1/2 cup seasoned rice or white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

1.  In large bowl, mix together spinach, mixed greens, avocados, cranberries, and pecans.

2.  In another small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients for vinaigrette. Toss together when ready to serve.

Nutritional info per serving:

Calories 262, Calories from Fat 69%, Fat 22g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 228mg, Carbohydrates 18g, Dietary Fiber 6g, Total Sugars 11g, Protein 4g, Dietary Exchanges:  1 vegetable, 1 other carbohydrate, 4 fat

Terrific Tip: Not only are avocados buttery and delicious they are also packed with nutrients.

Don’t have ground mustard, use Dijon or yellow mustard.


Holly Clegg, author of best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the women’s lifestyle cookbook, Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age, and also the specialized trim&TERRIFIC® Diabetic Cooking and Eating Well Through Cancer. With 1 million copies sold, Holly has promoted her healthy lifestyle recipes on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, and The 700 Club. Known as the healthy “Queen of Quick,” she understands the demands of the busy person and with her user friendly, pantry friendly, and time friendly cookbooks. For more information, visit www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com.

About Holly Clegg

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg, known as the “Queen of Quick” has become a healthy culinary expert on practical easy, healthy recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, The 700 Club, QVC, USA Today, Web MD, The Huffington Post. She has partnered with Wal-Mart and is currently working with Albertsons, Inc., Baylor Hospital in Dallas, OmniChannel Health Media and has a partnership with Our Lady of Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. Her phone app, Mobile Rush Hour Recipes has over 50,000 subscribers. Visit www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com

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