5 Winter Salads To Renew Your Love of Fruits & Veggies

When you think of a go-to meal on a cold winter day, you typically think of hearty soups and warm casseroles. Salads are for summer, right? Actually, not necessarily. Plenty of fruits and veggies – such as cranberries, squash, oranges, and brussel sprouts – are actually in season during the winter! Here’s what we recommend.

1. Quinoa Salad with Roasted Squash, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans

A winter squash can totally turn any salad into comfort food. This is one of our favorites!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 medium delicata squash, thinly sliced and seeded
  • 1 ½ cups Tuscan kale, thinly sliced and stems removed
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecans
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta

Full recipe here.

 


2. Orange and Pomegranate Salad

Did you know oranges and pomegranates are in season during the winter? Plus, they make for a pretty colorful salad.

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 tsp shallots, minced
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary, minced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Salad

  • 1 large bunch spinach
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 large pomegranate
  • 1/2 shallot, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Full recipe here.

 


3. Brussel Sprouts and Apple Salad

Even if you’re if-y about eating brussel sprouts, we recommend trying this one. The apples and candied walnuts make it a sweet, yet healthy treat!

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 pound brussel sprouts, quartered
  • 1 big apple, sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Candied Walnuts

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter

Full recipe here.

 


4. Kale and Grapefruit Salad

This recipe is quick enough to whip up at a moment’s notice. It’s simple, but still really tasty!

Ingredients

  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper
  • 8 cups kale, thinly sliced and stems removed
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced

Full recipe here.

 


5. Roasted Sweet Potato and Pecan Salad

We love a good recipe with sweet potatoes, and this one is no exception. Try it out and let us know what you think!

Ingredients

  • 4-6 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup pecans, halved
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 – 12 oz spring mix or baby spinach

Full recipe here.

Do you plan on trying any of these recipes? Share your feedback in the comments below!

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