11 Winter Salad Recipes You Can’t Say No To

Medically reviewed by Peggy Pletcher, MS, RD, LD, CDE on February 24, 2017Written by Anna Schaefer

The cold may make you crave carbs and comfort food, but salads aren’t just for spring gardens and warm weather.

Winter salads make use of in-season produce. Generally, these are heartier vegetables, which also means they’re more likely to fill you up and keep you satisfied when the weather outside is frightful.

You’ll commonly find things like squash, beets, apples, and hearty greens in winter salads. These recipes will help you enjoy fresh vegetables year-round.

Winter kale and quinoa salad

winter kale quinoa

A winter favorite that uses hearty kale, this salad comes from Eat Yourself Skinny. It employs seasonal flavors like pomegranate and cranberries, and it’s made more hearty with quinoa and walnuts. If you’re concerned about a salad not filling you up, this is the salad for you.

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Warm kale salad with caramelized shallots, pine nuts, and apple

Superfood kale is a treat nearly year-round, but it’s a cool-weather green. If you garden, you’ll find it’s ready to harvest in late autumn or early winter, and then again in early spring. For this salad from A House in the Hills, you’ll warm your kale in the oven while caramelizing your shallots on the stovetop. Apples and pine nuts add a sweet crunch to the top to finish things off.

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Roasted broccoli salad with lemons and almonds

broccoli salad

Something happens when you roast cool-weather vegetables. It seems to magnify all of the flavors, and it creates little, delectable, crispy bits too. This recipe from The Endless Meal for a roasted broccoli salad is no different. If you’re worried about sugar intake, cut the honey by one third to one half.

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Millet and pumpkin winter salad

Winter squash varieties, like butternut squash, are known as “pumpkins” in some parts of the world, like Australia, so don’t be confused by the name of this recipe! Created by David and Luise, the couple behind Green Kitchen Stories, this salad is also loaded with avocado, pomegranate, and savory herbs.

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Warm brussels sprouts and pear salad

brussels sprouts

Ever tried to get kids to eat brussels sprouts and failed miserably? Here’s your saving grace: cranberries, brussels sprouts, and pears just go together. This recipe from Budget Bytes adds Dijon vinaigrette to the mix, leaving you with a warm, filling meal that will truly please everyone at your table. 

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White bean salad for the winter weary

Some days, you just want an easy, hearty meal that can be prepared in minutes but still tastes like a million bucks. This white bean salad from Sew French Embroidery is a good example of that. It uses canned beans, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, herbs, and more. It’s simple and delicious, and it will help keep you warm when all you want to do is cuddle up by the fire.

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Roasted beets, pistachio, and goat cheese salad

roasted beets and goat cheese salad

Beet lovers, get hungry! This filling salad from A Healthy Life for Me puts the brightly colored root vegetables center stage. They’re served with pistachios, goat cheese, and a Dijon dressing, and they’d be great as a hearty lunch or served alongside a lighter main dish.

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Emerald salad

If one roasted salad wasn’t enough, here’s another. This Emerald Salad from Sprouted Kitchen is a celebration of all things green — broccolini, broccoli, spinach, and loads of parsley. All of the ingredients, including feta cheese, are roasted in a pan before serving. It’s so delicious, it doesn’t need a dressing!

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Carrot, beet, and apple salad with mint and cumin vinaigrette

It may look like coleslaw, but this recipe — also from The Endless Meal — isn’t weighed down by mayonnaise. The vibrant colors of the shredded ingredients make this a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.

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Warm cauliflower spinach salad with pancetta

Roasted vegetables like cauliflower can turn any salad into a warming winter dish. This particular recipe from Taste and See is a play on the traditional spinach salad, typically served with bacon. This one calls for pancetta, an Italian salt-cured meat, although you could always swap it out for turkey bacon.

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Rainbow salad with Greek yogurt Caesar dressing

Winter doesn’t have to be filled with dull colors and solemn moods. This bright salad from Scaling Back Blog is proof! It has kale, red and yellow beets, carrots, and red cabbage. Best of all, the creamy dressing is made with Greek yogurt, so you miss out on the fat of a traditional Caesar if you use low fat yogurt.

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