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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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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