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27 Healthy Christmas Recipes

Make your holiday right with these healthy Christmas meals. Yummy, flavorful, full of nutrition, and great for big family gatherings.
healthy christmas recipes

Are you trying to eat healthily? Then you know Christmas can be a lost cause.

There’s yummy food and calories galore. It’s no wonder our jeans are snug by New Year’s Eve.

After all, all those calories have to go somewhere, right?

But what if you could indulge – and still be able to fit into your jeans? That’s all possible if you have Healthy Christmas Recipes.

Today I’ve done the leg work for you. I’m sharing 27 Healthy Christmas Recipes.

They’re indulgent, yet good for you too. You definitely won’t mind all the leftovers.

And talking about leftovers, it’s a good idea to store them well. I keep my leftovers in glass containers like these.

They keep food fresh longer than plastic. Plus, glass containers are good for the environment.

1. Keto Candied Pecans

Keto Candied Pecans

Source: fourscoreliving.com

It wouldn’t be the same without a turkey on Christmas day. But while the turkey is roasting, you and your company need something to munch on.

These Keto Candied Pecans make the perfect munchie. They’re crunchy and sweet.

And the ground cinnamon adds festive flavors.

What’s more, one serving contains just 2 grams of carbs. So these candied pecans are perfect for a keto lifestyle.

To keep them keto, you’ll be using granulated sweetener. I recommend Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener.

It’s an all-natural sweetener that doesn’t spike blood sugars. It may even help you lose weight.

If you’d like to stock up on some Monkfruit sweetener, you can get some here.

Making these candied pecans is so easy. Just put all your ingredients, except the pecans, in a skillet.

Cook for about 2 minutes until the sweetener dissolves. Then add your pecans and cook for 4 more minutes.

Once done, spread your pecans on parchment paper to cool.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 109
  • Fats: 20g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbs: 4g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 5g

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2. Keto Stove Top Stuffing

Keto Stove Top Stuffing

Source: homemadeheather.com

Are you all about the Stuffing? I am too.

But Stuffing is loaded with carbs. And all those carbs can throw you out of ketosis.

This Stove Top Stuffing contains just 2 grams of net carbs. And it’s packed with fat.

In fact, you can think of it as a fat bomb. And it’s oozing with yumminess.

You’re getting the savory from the poultry seasoning. And you’re getting umami from the mushrooms.

The celery and onion add freshness. And the bacon bits take this Stuffing over the top.

I bet you’ll want seconds.

To keep it keto, you’ll be making keto bread. But don’t worry – it’s 90-second mug bread.

So, it’s ready in a jiffy. To make the mug cake, you’ll need butter, almond flour, baking powder, and an egg.

Start by melting your butter in a mug. Then add the rest of your ingredients to your mug.

Mix well and microwave for 90 seconds.

Don’t have any almond flour handy? You can get some almond flour here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 150
  • Fats: 20g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 2g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g

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3. Greens Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Greens Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Source: tessadomesticdiva.com

Christmas is a time for indulging. And the last thing you want to eat is a salad.

This Greens Salad is definitely worth indulging in. It’s light, refreshing, and yummy.

The cranberry vinaigrette masks the bitterness of the greens. And the apples add sweetness.

Meanwhile, the creamy cashew cheese complements the crunchy almonds. You won’t regret making room for this salad.

Not a fan of cashew cheese? You can use goat cheese or another strong cheese instead. Check out more 200 calorie recipes.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 147
  • Fats: 15g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbs: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 3g

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4. Mashed Red Potatoes

Mashed Red Potatoes

Source: pinchandswirl.com

Looking for the perfect mashed potatoes? Try these Mashed Red Potatoes.

They’re creamy, smooth, and so pretty. That’s because you’re leaving the skins on.

So they have a beautiful Christmas look.

And unlike typical mashed potatoes, these aren’t bland. That’s because you’re adding minced garlic.

So, the potatoes are yummy and savory.

You’ll want to steam your potatoes instead of boiling them. This way, your potatoes don’t get overcooked and gummy.

To steam your potatoes, you can use this steamer basket here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 280
  • Fats: 19g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbs: 24g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 1g

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5. Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Source: veganhuggs.com

Lots of people are going plant-based. But Christmas can be very hard.

What do you eat instead of turkey? This Stuffed Acorn Squash is a great option.

It’s pretty delicious. The mushrooms add a meaty texture and umami.

And the sauteed onions and celery add savory. Meanwhile, the cinnamon and sage add warmth.

And the cranberries add warmth. 

We can’t forget about the quinoa either. It adds texture and plant-based protein.

So, you actually feel full after eating this. You definitely won’t miss the meat. Check out more 300 calorie recipes.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 280
  • Fats: 7g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 46g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 5g

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6. Dijon Mustard Brussels Sprouts

Dijon Mustard Brussels Sprouts

Source: vnutritionandwellness.com

Need a vegan side to go with your Stuffed Acorn Squash? This one pair wonderfully.

On the menu are Brussels Sprouts. However, these aren’t your typical Brussels Sprouts.

You’re sauteeing them instead of steaming them. So they get a nice caramelization, turning sweet.

You’re also adding garlic powder, apple cider vinegar, mustard, and maple syrup. So you’ve got some savory, tangy, sweet, and spicy action happening.

But that’s not all. You’re also adding toasted pecans.

These provide a lovely crunch.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 121
  • Fats: 9g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 9g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Sugar:

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7. Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Source: vnutritionandwellness.com

Mashed potatoes are also another Christmas staple. But they’re typically not vegan-friendly.

That’s because of the butter.

These Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes are vegan and dietitian-approved.

They’re super flavorful. You wouldn’t guess there was cauliflower hiding in it.

The cashew cream and vegan butter add tons of creaminess. And the garlic powder adds savory notes.

But the real surprise is the cheesiness. That’s because of the nutritional yeast.

Besides adding cheesiness, nutritional yeast is also well – nutritious.

It’s one of the few vegan proteins that is actually complete. This means that it contains all the amino acids that your body needs.

It also contains several brain-boosting B vitamins. It even contains powerful antioxidants.

You can use nutritional yeast in so many ways too. You can add it to your soups and sauces.

And you can add it to your popcorn for movie night. If you’d like to stock up on some nutritional yeast, you can get some here.

Love the mashed potatoes in general? Make these sweet potato breakfast bowls.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 158
  • Fats: 5g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 24.5g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 0g

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8. Keto Peppermint Cream Pie

Keto Peppermint Cream Pie

Source: explorermomma.com

Christmas is the perfect time to cozy up by the fire. Add a cup of tea/coffee and a piece of yummy pie – and you’re all set.

But on a keto diet, cream pies can take your breath away. That’s because of all the carbs they contain.

One piece of cream pie can contain more than 30 grams of net carbs. Yikes!

That’s where this Keto Peppermint Cream Pie comes in handy. It contains just 2 grams of net carbs.

And it tastes just as good as regular cream pie. No one will be able to tell the difference.

It’s creamy, chocolatey, and full of holiday peppermint flavors.

To keep it keto, you’ll be using finely ground almond flour. You’ll also be using powdered sweeteners.

I recommend Swerve’s confectioner’s sweetener. It contains zero grams of net carbs.

And it doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste. So it won’t ruin your cream pie.

If you need to stock up on some, you can get some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 338
  • Fats: 36g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 0g

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9. Roasted Turkey Breast

Roasted Turkey Breast

Source: nourishplate.com

Christmas is all about the turkey. But sometimes, you don’t want to roast the whole bird.

And with this roasted turkey breast, you don’t need to. It’s pretty easy to make.

And best of all, it’s ready in just 90 minutes. Yay!

But don’t let the simplicity fool you. This Roasted Turkey Breast is actually quite good.

That’s because you’re spreading her butter inside and out. So your turkey breast is moist, buttery, and full of flavor.

Turkey breasts can be prone to drying out. Only cook your chicken breast until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure this doesn’t happen.

You can check the internal temperature by using this food thermometer here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 336
  • Fats: 19g
  • Protein: 49g
  • Carbs: 1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g

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10. Green Bean Almondine

Green Bean Almondine

Source: veronikaskitchen.com

Looking for a side dish to go with your Roasted Turkey Breast. This Green Bean Almondine is an excellent option.

You’re sauteeing tender green beans in a creamy lemon butter sauce. Then you’re topping them with crunchy almonds.

Finally, you’re squeezing a lemon for a nice burst of freshness.

Want even more aroma? Add some shallot and minced garlic. Yum!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 133
  • Fats: 10g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 8g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 3g

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11. Keto Vegan Bread Rolls

Keto Vegan Bread Rolls

Source: eatbeautiful.net

Time for some Keto Vegan Bread Rolls. Yes, you read that right – bread rolls that are actually keto.

What an idea! Not only that, but they’re also vegan.

These bread rolls are warm, doughy, and fluffy. You’ll love the aroma of freshly baked rolls in your kitchen.

To keep it keto, you’ll be using two low-carb flours. These are coconut flour and blanched almond flour.

Almond flour has more moisture than wheat flour. So to get the right consistency of dough, you’re adding coconut flour.

That’s because coconut flour is very absorbent. So it soaks up the extra moisture of the almond flour.

Coconut flour is also very nutritious. It’s a rich source of iron which fuels your energy.

It’s also rich in fiber and MCTs that are good for your heart. If you need to get some coconut flour, you can get some here.

These Bread Rolls are fantastic just the way they are. But if you like you could add some butter.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 82
  • Fats: 6g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 1g

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12. Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Source: alwaysusebutter.com

Need a quick and easy salad for Christmas dinner? Give this Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes a try.

It’s ready in just 5 minutes, and it is pretty tasty. The spiciness of the arugula is complemented by the tanginess of the sun-dried tomatoes.

And the sweet acidity of the honey lemon vinaigrette ties it all together.

Besides being delicious, this salad is also nutritious. It’s packed with Vitamins A and C.

So, it’s great for your immune system.  And it has potassium which is vital for healthy blood pressure.

It even contains iron. This is definitely a winning salad.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 197
  • Fats: 8g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 31g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 23g

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13. Keto Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Keto Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Source: eatbeautiful.net

I love hot chocolate, as I’m sure many of you do too. It’s sweet, warm, and oh so comforting.

So, it’s perfect for a cold winter’s day. But did you know one cup of hot chocolate has 24 grams of sugar?

And nothing is comforting about that.

This Pepper White Hot Chocolate is just as sweet – without all the carbs.

The addition of the peppermint extract makes it so festive. And the macadamia milk adds creaminess and nuttiness – it’s a Christmas party in your mouth.

Besides being low in carbs, this hot chocolate is high in protein. So, it’s also very filling.

To up the protein content, you’ll be adding gelatin. Gelatin has several health benefits.

It may make your hair thicker and improve your skin. It also contains glycine, which is good for your brain.

Besides adding gelatin to your hot beverages, you can add it to your smoothies. If you’d like to try some gelatin, you can get some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 166
  • Fats: 13g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Carbs: 2g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 12g

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14. Vegan Sugar-Free Apple Crumble

Vegan Sugar-Free Apple Crumble

Source: nutriciously.com

Do you have a sweet tooth? I do too.

But Christmas dessert can be tricky on a vegan diet. That’s because a lot of traditional Christmas desserts contain dairy and eggs.

And dairy and eggs are No-Nos on a vegan diet.

This Vegan Sugar-Free Apple Crumble will put a smile on your face. It smells incredible – and it tastes even better.

You’ve got the sweetness of the spiced apples. And you’ve got the crunchiness of the rolled oats and walnuts.

Your tastebuds won’t know what hit them.

And this dessert is so wholesome. That’s because it contains bananas, apples, dates, rolled oats, walnuts, and apple sauce.

Want to make it even better? Serve with some vegan ice cream.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 243
  • Fats: 6g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 45g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 21g

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15. Winter Fruit Salad

Winter Fruit Salad

Source: cubesnjuliennes.com

Do you find fruit salad boring? This Winter Fruit Salad may change your mind.

It’s colorful and beautiful – like sunshine on your plate.

And it’s full of fresh fruits. These include apples, pears, kiwis, oranges, and pomegranate arils.

So, it is tangy and sweet.

And the icing on top of the cake, ahem, salad? It’s definitely the Maple Lime Dressing.

The maple syrup adds natural sweetness. And the lime juice and lime zest add tangy citrus notes.

Who guessed healthy eating could taste this good?

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 174
  • Fats: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 44g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 31g

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16. Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread Cake

Source: natalieshealth.com

I’m a big fan of Gingerbread cookies, as I’m sure many of you are too. But do you know what’s even better?

– Gingerbread Cake! And this Gingerbread Cake is as good as they come.

It’s moist, velvety, and full of holiday spices. And the molasses add an extra depth of flavor.

This Gingerbread Cake is so addictive.

Besides adding natural sweetness, molasses are good for you too. They’re good for your bones.

That’s because of the calcium and magnesium content. And the molasses give you a boost of energy.

That’s because they contain iron.

Besides using molasses in your baking, you can add it to your turkey. You can even add it to your hot water.

If you’d like to give molasses a try, you can get some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 272
  • Fats: 10g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 45g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 25g

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17. Classic Prime Rib

Classic Prime Rib

Source: whatagirleats.com

Are you a meat-lover? Then you’ll enjoy this Classic Prime Rib.

It’s filling and melt-in-your-mouth good. And it’s simply seasoned with salt and cracked black pepper.

So the taste of the rib roast shines through.

What’s more, it serves 8 people. So it’s perfect for a large crowd.

Making it is effortless. Rub your rib roast with salt and cracked black pepper.

Then place in a large roasting pan like this. Bake for 20 minutes at 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then reduce the heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 90 more minutes.

Easy peasy.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 676
  • Fats: 60g
  • Protein: 31g
  • Carbs: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g

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18. Hazelnut Chocolate Balls

Hazelnut Chocolate Balls

Source: natalieshealth.com

All that turkey and prime rib can be pretty heavy. So, it’s nice to end Christmas dinner with something light.

But light doesn’t mean tasteless. And these Hazelnut Chocolate Balls prove just that.

They’re soft and sweet. And it has a killer combination of chocolate and hazelnuts.

Yet even though this dessert is decadent, it is also very light. In fact, one serving contains just 85 calories.

So you can pop more than one in your mouth – and not feel guilty.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 85
  • Fats: 4g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbs: 11g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 9g

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19. Winter Coleslaw

Winter Coleslaw

Source: thefamilyfoodkitchen.com

Not a big fan of coleslaw? Then you haven’t tried this one.

It had cabbage and carrots just like traditional coleslaw.  But it has yummy extras.

These include red onions, pecans, and dried raisins. So you get sweet and nutty notes.

And the dressing is yummy yet healthy too. That’s because you’re using Greek yogurt as the base of your salad dressing.

So, you get a nice boost of protein and calcium. The cider vinegar and honey add acidity and sweetness.

Don’t be surprised if you want just a little bit more.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 261
  • Fats: 20g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 18g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 7g

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20. Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

Source: fitasamamabear.com

Kids love sugar cookies. After all, a key ingredient is sugar.

But all that sugar isn’t good for their teeth. And it can make them really hyper.

These sugar cookies are parent-approved. They contain only 4 grams of sugar.

Yet, they’re so tasty. That’s because you’re sweetening the cookies with maple syrup and coconut sugar.

And these sugar cookies are crispy. So you can dunk them in your tea or coffee. Check out more healthy low calorie snacks here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 91
  • Fats: 7g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 4g

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21. Air Fryer Roast Potatoes

Air Fryer Roast Potatoes

Source: bombveg.com

Need a healthy alternative to mashed potatoes? These Air Fryer Roast Potatoes are a great option.

They’re golden and crispy on the outside. And they’re not dripping in oil.

So they’re healthier for you too. They’re also quite delicious.

That’s because you’re adding dried rosemary and garlic salt.

To make these Air Fryer Roast Potatoes, you’ll need an air fryer. If you don’t have one, you can find one here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 338
  • Fats: 3g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbs: 71g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 4g

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22. Fig Spinach Salad

Fig Spinach Salad

Source: dinneratthezoo.com

Do you have company over for Christmas Dinner? Make sure you serve this Fig Spinach Salad.

It’s so classy, and it tastes incredible. You’ve got creamy blue cheese and sweet candied pecans.

The acorn squash adds freshness. And the figs add a fruity sweetness – you may want to add figs to all your salads after this.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 323
  • Fats: 22g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbs: 33g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 14g

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23. Garlic Butter Green Beans

Garlic Butter Green Beans

Source: jamjarkitchen.com

Do you need a quick and easy side dish? Then give these Garlic Butter Green Beans a try.

They take only 10 minutes to make. That’s because you’re steaming them until just tender-crisp.

So they have a pleasant bite. And they’re flavorful too.

The garlic butter makes them buttery and savory. And the lemon juice adds freshness.

Want to make these Green Beans even yummier? Top with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 80
  • Fats: 6.1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 5.3g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Sugar: 2.2g

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24. Air Fryer Carrots

Air Fryer Carrots

Source: organicallyaddison.com

Do you think carrots are just for rabbits? Think again.

These carrots are nice and crisp on the outside. Yet, they’re juicy and warm on the inside.

And the maple tahini sauce really elevates the carrots. The maple syrup adds extra sweetness.

And the tahini sauce adds fat and a much-needed mouthfeel. Don’t be surprised if you’re munching away on these carrots – just saying.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 212
  • Fats: 15g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 18g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 8g

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25. Kale Salad with Cranberries

Kale Salad with Cranberries

Source: masalaherb.com

Looking for a really festive salad? This Kale Salad is a good option

You’ve got the greenery from the kale. And you’ve got the red from the cranberries.

So, it’s kind of like a wreath – except that you can eat it. And you’ll be glad you did.

The bitterness of the kale is offset by the tanginess of the cranberries. And the walnuts add a pleasant crunch.

Besides being flavorful, this salad is good for you too. It’s packed with healthy fats from olive oil and walnuts.

And the kale provides lots of antioxidants. Yay!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 107
  • Fats: 11g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g

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26. Cranberry Goat Cheese Shots

Cranberry Goat Cheese Shots

Source: inthekitch.net

Are you looking for a shot that you can actually eat? These are it.

No – they don’t contain any alcohol. But they’re pretty good.

They’re made with creamy goat cheese, crunchy walnuts, sweet honey, and tangy cranberries. And the straw is simply a breadstick.

To make these shots, you will need some shot glasses. So make sure you have some on hand.

If you don’t have any shot glasses, you can get some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 149
  • Fats: 10g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbs: 9g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 8g

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27. Pumpkin Feta Salad

Pumpkin Feta Salad

Source: nutriciously.com

Looking for a vegan Feta Salad? I’ve got just the one for you.

This salad is full of delicious flavors and textures. You’ve got the spiciness of the arugula and the tanginess of the pomegranate seeds.

This is contrasted by the sweetness of the red onions and pears. Meanwhile, the creaminess of the vegan feta is offset by the crunchiness of the toasted walnuts.

The dressing is pretty impressive too. It’s tangy, creamy, sweet, and savory – perfect for pouring in your mouth.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 274
  • Fats: 13g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Carbs: 34g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 19g

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