“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” as the line of a song goes. Yes, it’s the season wherein some folks spend a bit more, share a bit more, and even give a bit more. However, I sometimes turn into a grinch during this season. It’s not that I don’t believe in the spirit of Christmas. It’s just that I’ve been a bit tired of the overemphasis on materialism and asset acquisition associated with the season. For indeed, why do you need to wait for December to buy yourself something new? Or even to treat yourself or a loved one? Or to be generous or giving to others?

Anywho, for the past few years, it has been our tradition to spend Christmas and the New Year at home. My daughter and I have set an annual tradition of watching fireworks up on the roof top and taking videos or photos of them. Then, I share the photos on Facebook and Instagram, the videos on YouTube.

Whereas Mom is in charge of Christmas Eve preparations, I like to experiment on some salad dish or two during New Year’s Eve. Last year’s experiment was a bit of a disaster, but I’m mighty proud of this year’s result. I call it my Homemade Holiday Salad.

There’s nothing too fancy about it. I made use of ingredients that are already available on hand.

Homemade Holiday Salad

Homemade Holiday Salad

Romaine lettuce, cut into small pieces
Cucumber, cut lengthwise then seeded
Apple, cubed
Grape, sliced in half
Cashew Nuts, chopped

Romaine lettuce

Asian vinegar dressing

4 big Tbsps. vinegar
1 big Tbsp. soy sauce
3 scoops sugar
dash of pepper
small ginger, minced
garlic cloves, minced

Asian vinegar dressing


  1. Make sure you wash all the salad ingredients to be used (i.e. the fruits and veggies).
  2. Cut the Romaine lettuce into smaller pieces and place in a bowl.
  3. Cut the cucumber lengthwise. Then use a teaspoon to remove the seeds. Slice into smaller pieces. Add to the bowl.
  4. Cube an apple. Remove the core and seeds. Add to the bowl.
  5. Slice the grapes into half. Seedless grapes are preferred. Then add to the bowl as many as you want.
  6. Prepare the Asian vinegar dressing by adding all the ingredients in a separate bowl. Add dressing to the salad mix bowl.
  7. Finally, add in chopped cashew nuts.

Voila! You now have a serving of your very own homemade holiday salad! 😀 I hope you’ll like it. Feel free to add your own variations to it!

Well, it’s the start of another year. I hope and pray that 2014 will be a better and brighter year for the entire planet. May peace and goodwill reign over the world!

More updates to come in the next post! Happy New Year! Good-bye 2013! Hello 2014!

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