Recipe: Winter Greens, Apple, Cranberry Salad

This October 2017 photo shows a winter green salad with cranberries and goat cheese in New York. This salad comes together in 20 minutes, and is a bowl of vibrant color and texture that seems anything but a postscript to the menu. (Mia via AP)
photo This October 2017 photo shows a winter green salad with cranberries and goat cheese in New York. This salad comes together in 20 minutes, and is a bowl of vibrant color and texture that seems anything but a postscript to the menu. (Mia via AP)

When it comes to planning a holiday spread, a salad is often an afterthought. Stately roasts, crowd-pleasing potatoes and sultry pies tend to grab the spotlight, and by the time we think, "Oh, yeah, we should probably have a salad," a bag of mixed lettuces and a container of cherry tomatoes might be all we have the mental bandwidth for.

But there are good reasons to give salad its due consideration.