I love this dish; it can serve as either a salad or a vegetable. At a buffet, I let it serve as both so as not to clutter up the plates with too many food items. The red and green colors are perfect for a Christmas meal. It can be prepared ahead which is always a help. Sometimes I even use a prepared vinaigrette. I especially like Girard's Champagne Dressing. Note that cooking time is actually chilling time. This recipe originally came from BH&G.