Holiday Harvest Layered Salad

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Reimagine the classic layered salad with a festive twist perfect for holidays. Featuring jewel-toned layers and a savory grain-free granola crunch, this Holiday Harvest Layered Salad is a vibrant, flavorful addition to any celebration table.

Excitement is in the air and on the table with the debut of my latest layered salad, designed especially for your holiday gatherings! Knowing how much you all adore my layered creations, it was only natural to craft one that could take center stage at your Thanksgiving feast.

Bursting with the colors of the season and assembled with care, this Holiday Harvest Layered Salad is a fresh innovation on a beloved classic, perfect for adding that special touch to your dinner spread.

Every layer of this salad unfolds a tapestry of textures and flavors, tailored to complement the rich and savory notes of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. It’s a culinary nod to the bounty of autumn—a vibrant, nutritious, and delicious addition that’s sure to charm your guests. With each forkful, experience the harmony of ingredients that make this festive season truly memorable.

All the things you’ll need for your Holiday Harvest Layered Salad 

Pomegranate Balsamic Dressing

  • aged balsamic vinegar
  • pomegranate juice
  • lemon
  • roasted tahini or olive oil
  • dijon mustard
  • coconut aminos
  • garlic powder
  • ground ginger
  • maple syrup


You’ll also want the coveted canister for your layered salad if you didn’t grab one already!

The real reason why I love layered salads

Layered salads offer so much more than just an eye-catching presentation. They’re incredibly practical, allowing each ingredient to maintain its unique texture and taste until the very moment of serving. As the layers are gently nestled atop one another, they avoid becoming soggy or wilted, preserving the crispness of vegetables and the freshness of herbs.

The stratified assembly means that the dressing is at the bottom, subtly marinating the lower layers without overwhelming the entire dish. When it’s time to eat; the preparation is already finished and all you have to do is toss it all in a large bowl! I love the fact that I can make it ahead of time because I am often the busy host, and this ensures a stress-free, flavorful, and nutritious contribution to the table every time!

The unexpected twist in this Holiday Harvest Layered Salad is the satisfying crunch of struesli original grain-free granola

Without any added sweeteners, it mingles seamlessly into the savory profile of the salad, offering a delightful textural contrast that’s both surprising and sophisticated. This granola brings a nutty bite that elevates the salad, complementing the tender vegetables and juicy pomegranate arils. It’s this granola that completes the experience, turning each forkful into a delightful mix of flavors and a crunch that resonates with the festive spirit.

This salad is a heartfelt nod to the season, carefully crafted to bring joy and nutrition to your holiday table. Each ingredient has been chosen with intention, each layer artfully arranged to ensure every bite is as delicious as the last.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, thank you for always supporting Jackfruitful and trusting me to deliver delicious meals to you and your loved ones time and time again!

I hope this layered salad not only satisfies your taste buds but also serves as a centerpiece for connection, conversation, and gratitude around the table this year and for many to come. Here’s to a holiday season filled with warmth, laughter, and plates piled high with the goodness of the harvest. 

From my kitchen to yours, happy Thanksgiving.

Jackie Akerberg

Author of the Clean Vegan Cookbook, Food Blogger and Recipe Developer from Des Moines, Iowa. 

Jackfruitful Kitchen has proudly been featured in Forks Over Knives, Vegan Bowls, Vegan Food and Living, and DSM Magazine.

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Holiday Harvest Layered Salad

This Layered Salad is perfect for the holidays! With the jewel toned layers it's sure to be the star of any holiday get together and the flavors are festive, bright and delicious! The ingredients are exceptionally crunchy, fresh and satisfying, with a grain-free granola that adds the perfect layer of crisp! This granola has NO added sweetener so it's the perfect addition.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American, vegan
Servings 8


  • Canister link to purchase below


  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 28 oz canned chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups shaved brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • cups carrots shredded
  • cups broccoli finely chopped
  • cups red cabbage shredded
  • 1 cup parsley finely chopped
  • 1 cup struesli original grain-free granola

Pomegranate Balsamic Dressing Ingredients

  • cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate juice
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • ¼ cup roasted tahini or olive oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp coconut animos
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup


  • Add all ingredients for the dressing to a jar and whisk to combine. For a thicker, creamier dressing, puree the ingredients in a blender for 60 seconds. Pour into the bottom of the canister.
  • Layer the remaining ingredients in the order listed above starting with the onions. This gives the onions time to marinate in the dressing which also takes the edge off their pungent taste! This salad is best prepared at least 24 hours in advance, but can even be made a few days ahead of time.
  • When you're ready to serve, flip the canister upside down over a large bowl and it dresses itself! Toss if desired and enjoy!
Keyword easy thanksgiving meal, gluten free, layered salad, plant based, refined sugar free, Thanksgiving, vegan, viral layered salad
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6 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    I have made variations of this salad a couple of times and plan 2 more to bring for Thanksgiving. It works perfectly and it is so versatile. You can use what you have. As the only vegan in the family I love to bring dishes that wow and make people see that veganism IS NOT BORING! Thank you for this beautiful inspiration! 😍

  2. 5 stars
    Excellent! I love these containers. I was getting very bored with salad, this has changed my life! So delicious. Buy the 2 pack of jars so you can make 2 at the same time. I never had pomegranate or granola in a salad before, game changer! Thank you so very much for your 10 star salad!

  3. I cant wait to make this. It looks amazing. What can I use in place of the granola- this one isn’t sold anywhere near me.

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