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26 Best Winter Salad Recipes

These tasty winter salad recipes are perfect for cold temperatures!

I love making soups and stews during the snowy months. But sometimes, it’s nice to serve something light for dinner. 

Winter salad with pecans, squash, and feta cheese served on a plate
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Plus, I always overindulge in sweet treats around the holidays. And these easy dishes are just what I need to get back on track.

From filling kale and Brussels sprouts to grilled chicken and butternut squash, I can’t get enough of these winter salad recipes.

They’re a great way to make the most of the season!

A glass of salad dressing pouring on a bowl of salad made with kale, roasted beets, maple candied walnuts, and goat cheese
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1. Roasted Beet and Kale Salad with Candied Walnuts

The flavors in this salad can’t be “beet!” The kale has that nutty, earthy taste, and coupled with the sweetness from the walnuts and beets, it’s the perfect contrast.

Oh, and let’s not forget the goat cheese! It gives this salad such a creamy, lovely texture that melts in your mouth. Mmm!

Bowl of Salad with goat cheese, pears, candied pecans, and maple-balsamic dressing
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2. Salad with Goat Cheese, Pears, Candied Pecans, and Maple-Balsamic Dressing

This salad is reminiscent of the first one, however, since the recipe calls for mixed greens, it has a slightly less bitter taste than kale.

If you’re a fan of apples in salads, you’ll love switching things up with pears for a change.

But the real star of the show in this dish is the maple-balsamic dressing. Trust me, you’ll want to put it on everything!

Plate of apple salad with spinach, raisins, celery, walnuts and red onions with a bowl of salad dressing on the side
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3. Apple Salad with Raisins and Walnuts

Between the crunch from the walnuts and the sweetness of the apples and raisins, you’ll get an explosion of flavors in your mouth with this recipe!

I love serving this for dinner with some leftover chicken breast on top or as a side dish paired with a delicious roast.

Kale Caesar Salad with sweet potatoes, crispy chickpeas, shredded brussels sprouts, and avocado served on a plate with a glass of lemony parmesan tahini dressing on the side
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4. Kale Caesar Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Crispy Chickpeas

This delicious dish has all the elements you love in a Caesar salad. But it’s even heartier with sweet potatoes and chickpeas to bulk it up.

In addition to kale, there are shredded Brussels sprouts to give it a nice crunch. And the lemon Parmesan tahini dressing takes it over the top.

Trust me, you’ll eat this for dinner all winter long.

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5. Winter Panzanella Bread Salad

This is one meal everyone at the table will devour.

Made with kale and kohlrabi leaves and a variety of roasted winter veggies, it’s not one to miss.

Feel free to play around with the vegetables and use whatever you have. But don’t skip the ginger-pickled carrots! They’re a dream!

Bowl of salad with mix chopped kale, brussels sprouts, croutons, goat cheese, candied pecans and thinly sliced apples
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6. Chopped Winter Salad

I just love a chopped salad! It’s easier to eat, and it always offers plenty of crunch.

This version is full of kale, Brussels sprouts, farro, apples, and pecans. The recipe also features actress Olivia Wilde’s signature salad dressing, which went viral.

(Rumor has it even Harry Styles couldn’t resist it.)

Raw kale salad with chopped Granny Smith apple, cranberries, toasted pecans and goat cheese, tossed in honey mustard dressing
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7. Kale Salad with Apple, Cranberries, and Pecans

This one is a certified crowd-pleaser, even for the pickiest of eaters.

Since not everyone is a huge fan of kale, the sweetness from the apple and cranberries in this dish masks the flavor of the sometimes bitter greens.

The pecans add a much-needed crunch, for a salad that’s so filling, it eats like a meal. 

Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad with toasted walnuts, chunks of Parmesan and a lemony Dijon dressing served on a plate
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8. Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad with Walnuts, Parmesan & Lemon-Mustard Dressing

Hands down, this is one of my absolute favorite winter salads. In fact, I love it so much that I make it all year round!

Brussels sprouts and salad go together, well, as vegetables and salad should.

And if the parmesan isn’t enough to take the flavor over the top, the lemon-mustard dressing is the icing on the cake. It ties the whole thing together perfectly.

Plate of Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with arugula, goats cheese, pecans and drizzle of Honey Lemon Dressing
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9. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing

Sweet potatoes in a salad? Yes, indeed! You won’t believe how good they are on top of a bed of arugula.

The sweetness from the potatoes is the perfect complement to the peppery greens.

Add goat’s cheese or feta on top, and if you really want to make this salad indulgent, add some bacon crumbles as well!

Chicken Waldorf salad mix with apples, grapes, raisins, walnuts and lettuce served on a bowl

10. Chicken Waldorf Salad

This salad is a crowd-pleaser with its shredded chicken, crisp apples, and juicy grapes.

Tossed with crunchy walnuts and a mix of Greek yogurt and mayo, it strikes a perfect balance of creamy and tart.

It’s a refreshing twist on your usual salad and great for any meal – simple yet royally delicious!

A Plate of Apple Fennel Salad with thinly sliced apples, celery, and fennel topped with walnuts and parmesan served with a wooden spoon
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11. Apple Fennel Salad

I know, I know — fennel has a slightly licorice flavor. But hear me out on this one!

It’s topped with walnuts and celery, and the thinly-sliced apples are so tart and refreshing.

This recipe works well as a light lunch or even as a larger dish to take to a family gathering.

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Salad with wheat berries, arugula and maple-cinnamon pecans
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12. Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Salad

If you could package all the flavors of fall into one dish, this butternut squash and apple salad would be the result. 

It’s satisfying, healthy, and even better served alongside roast turkey. Have Thanksgiving dinner any time of year with this scrumptious salad.

A Plate of Roasted Cauliflower Salad with springtime salad greens, cucumbers, fresh herbs, feta cheese, avocado drizzle with creamy honey mustard vinaigrette
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13. Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Cauliflower is being used as a substitute for everything. That includes rice, pizza dough, and mashed potatoes.

So it’s about time we appreciated it in its more natural form.

Roasting brings such a warm, earthy flavor to the vegetable, while the honey mustard dressing gives this salad a pinch of sweetness. It’s to die for!

Potato salad with chopped bacon and green onions served in a bowl with bacon vinaigrette
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14. Warm German Potato Salad

Yes, you read that right. This potato salad is served warm instead of cold!

German potato salad is a nice change from traditional potato salad, in that it doesn’t have a mayonnaise base.

Made with a bacon vinaigrette instead, you may never go back to American potato salad again after trying this recipe.

Fruit salad made with juicy pomegranate arils, grapefruits, and oranges served on a bowl
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15. Winter Citrus and Pomegranate Fruit Salad

The oranges and grapefruit in this dish will make you feel like you’re on a tropical island, even if it’s below freezing outside!

The pomegranate adds a healthy dose of antioxidants, plus a nice crunch, too! 

Make this salad for a pick-me-up when you’re feeling blue and need a dose of sunshine.

Bowl of salad with chopped romaine, radishes, carrots, toasty sunflower seeds, quinoa and dried cranberries
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16. Crunchy Romaine Salad with Quinoa

If you haven’t hopped on the quinoa bandwagon just yet, now’s a perfect time. It’s a healthier alternative to rice, plus, it adds some protein if you’re avoiding meat.

And this salad doesn’t have “crunchy” in the title for nothing. The texture is fantastic!

Bowl of salad with grilled chicken strips, slice lemons, avocados. diced cucumber, tomatoes and Kalamata olives
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17. Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Take a culinary trip to Greece with this divine lemon-herb Meditteranean chicken salad.

If it’s too cold to grill the chicken outside, you can always use an indoor grill or grill pan on the stovetop.

Combined with the veggies and creamy avocado, this salad is as good as it gets! It’s great for lunch, dinner, or any time you’re craving something delicious.

Bowl of quinoa salad with roasted squash, dried cranberries, and pecans
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18. Quinoa Salad With Roasted Squash, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans

Here’s another salad that makes quinoa the star of the show! This one is a bit heartier than the last since it includes roasted squash.

It’s a satisfying meal for sure.

The dried cranberries and pecans bring the perfect mix of salty and sweet. This one is sure to be a hit with the entire family!

Roasted beet salad with goat cheese, arugula, minced shallot. pomegranate arils, chopped walnuts and drizzled with a sweet and tangy pomegranate dressing
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19. Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

Beets and goat cheese are a combo that can’t be topped.

This salad comes together so quickly, but given the myriad of textures and flavors, it feels like a gourmet meal.

I love having this as a side with grilled or baked fish, or even a nice piece of salmon.

Plate of salad with squash, sweet cranberries, feta cheese crumbles, and crunchy pecans top a bed of baby spinach and tenderized kale
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20. Butternut Squash Salad with Cranberries and Feta

This recipe had me at “feta,” but the butternut squash takes it to a whole other level!

The warm color makes it even more gorgeous, and then the cranberries are the finishing touch.

Here’s a tip: buy block feta and cut it yourself instead of using crumbles. It tastes so much better!

Bowl of Winter salad with potatoes, green beans, and quinoa
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21. Winter Salad Bowl

This roasted winter salad bowl is hearty, healthy, and will make everyone so happy!

It has potatoes, green beans, and quinoa, so it’s actually much more filling than your average salad.

This is really more like a burrito bowl than a plate full of greens, but it’s still just as nutritious.

Make extra of this one because you’ll want to have it for lunch the next day.

A plate of fresh kale greens, topped with grilled chicken, roasted butternut squash, drizzled with a zesty lemon tahini dressing, and topped with toasted pine nuts
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22. Grilled Chicken and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Tahini Dressing

Here’s another Mediterranean-inspired dish that everyone will gobble up.

By far, the best part of this whole salad is the homemade tahini dressing.

But the savory flavor of the chicken combined with the sweetness of the squash is worth mentioning, too! Oh, and how about the toasted pine nuts on top? Perfection!

Beet, Carrot, and Pomegranate Seed Salad served on an oval plate with chopped chives, parsley and pistachios
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23. Beet, Carrot, and Pomegranate Seed Salad

In case you haven’t guessed, I have a thing for beets and pomegranates this time of year.

It’s almost like they bring a warming element, even if the salad isn’t served warm.

The carrots in this dish add a good bit of crunch, plus a subtle hint of sweetness. I make this all the time!

Bowl of winter salad with broccoli, cabbage, carrots, onions, and a maple tahini dressing
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24. Sweet Crunch Winter Salad

Made with broccoli, cabbage, carrots, onions, and a maple tahini dressing, this is really like a cross between slaw and salad.

It’s another one of my go-to recipes when I want to start eating healthier but don’t want to sacrifice taste or satisfaction.

There’s something about all that crunch that makes me feel like I’m having something sinful!

Try this recipe ASAP. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Creamy Broccoli Salad with Onions, Seeds and Bacon in a Bowl

25. Creamy Broccoli Salad

This creamy broccoli salad is the perfect fix for those hectic days. You know, when you’re drained but still want to whip up something wholesome.

It’s a mix of crunchy broccoli, creamy dressing, and a burst of flavors that even picky eaters can’t resist.

Serve this at dinner and watch it vanish in minutes!

Salad with spring lettuce, thinly slice apples, pecans, feta cheese, dried cranberries, bacon, red onion and drizzled with maple cider vinaigrette  served in a wooden bowl with wooden spoon
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26. Apple Pecan Feta Spinach Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette

I know I’m talking about winter salads today, but honestly, this one really screams “fall,” too.

Apples. Pecans. Maple Cider Vinaigrette.

If that doesn’t make you want to take a picnic to a pumpkin patch, I don’t know what will.

Of course, I can’t hold back from mentioning the feta. Like bacon, it makes anything and everything 100 times better!

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Course: SaladsCuisine: American
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

25

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

285

kcal

Savor the flavors of the season with this Winter Kale Salad! It’s a delightful mix of roasted butternut squash, pecans, and cranberries tossed in a tangy vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • For the Roasted Butternut Squash:
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed

  • Olive oil

  • Salt and pepper

  • For the Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 small garlic clove, minced

  • Salt and pepper

  • For the Salad:
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped

  • 1 bunch rainbow chard, chopped

  • Roasted butternut squash

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  • Vinaigrette

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss butternut squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes until tender.
  • Whisk together vinaigrette ingredients.
  • In a large salad bowl, toss together kale, rainbow chard, roasted squash, cranberries, pecans, and prepared vinaigrette.
  • Serve at room temperature or chilled.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Toast the pecans lightly in a dry skillet before adding them to the salad for an extra depth of flavor.
  • For a protein boost, consider adding grilled chicken or chickpeas to turn this salad into a hearty meal.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 285kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 694mg
  • Potassium: 543mg
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Calcium: 88mg
  • Iron: 3mg
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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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