From the Redleaf Kitchen: Have Yourself a Merry Berry Salad


Merry Berry Salad from Cooking Is Cool by Marianne E. Dambra

Looking for a fun and festive recipe that is easy to prepare and tastes great? Merry Berry Salad, a recipe from Cooking Is Cool: Heat-Free Recipes for Kids to Cook, is the perfect dish whether you’re serving lunch to a room full of children or enjoying your peers at a holiday gathering. With a mix of fresh ingredients—greens, apples, and cranberries—and a slightly sweet and tangy homemade dressing, Merry Berry Salad is a fun and festive addition to any table.

What’s more, it offers a delicious cooking experience for children. Children can help read the recipe, measure and prepare ingredients, and explore different food groups—all while they build math, literacy, and science process skills. Merry Berry Salad is one of the more than 50 recipes in Cooking Is Cool, and all of the recipes are heat-free—no oven, stove, microwave, or hot plate required! The recipes in Cooking Is Cool provide opportunities to help budding chefs follow easy instructions to transform simple ingredients into great-tasting snacks, beverages, entrees, and more. Each recipe includes nutrition information, extension ideas, and interesting food facts.


For the salad:

1 10-ounce bag of mixed salad greens

1 medium red apple

1 medium green apple

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

½ cup dried cranberries

For the dressing:

1 cup dried cranberries

½ cup sugar

½ cup cider vinegar

¼ cup apple juice concentrate

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup vegetable oil


Mixing bowl

Mixing spoon

Measuring cups

Sharp knife

Cutting board



  1. Wash salad greens, and place them in a mixing bowl.
  2. Dice both apples, and add them to the salad greens.
  3. Add Parmesan cheese and dried cranberries, and mix well.
  4. Add dressing ingredients except for the oil to a blender, and mix until it is smooth.
  5. Slowly add vegetable oil to blender, and mix well.
  6. Pour dressing over salad.
  7. Toss salad before serving.


Cranberries come in many different forms. Compare the tastes of dried cranberries, fresh cranberries, cranberry sauce, and cranberry juice.

Yield (salad): Makes 18 servings. Serving size ¼ cup.

Nutritional information for salad: 2 grams fat, 7 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 3 grams protein.

Yield (dressing): Makes 18 servings. Serving size 2 tablespoons.

Nutritional information for dressing: 12 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams fiber, 0 grams protein.


Cooking Is Cool: Heat-Free Recipes for Kids to Cook is available from Redleaf Press. Let us know if you try the salad!

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2 Responses to From the Redleaf Kitchen: Have Yourself a Merry Berry Salad

  1. The Editor says:

    What a beautiful salad…

  2. Deena Kakaya says:

    What beautiful colours x

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