Cold lettuce sounds pretty drab to us this time of year, so we rounded up the 20 best winter salads from the web that will keep you filled with nutritious goodness all season.
Instead of reaching for those oh-so-tempting hot comfort foods when the weather goes polar-vortex status, bookmark this page and whip up a recipe. Best of all, these salads are supremely delicious. They cover all your taste buds' needs, from Thai or tart to miso or Mexican.
1. Vegan Taco Winter Salad
Have a Mexican fiesta the meatless way! This salad features protein-packed seitan, tons of veggies, and bounds of hot salsa flavor. And, of course, avocado.
2. Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad (w/ Candied Walnuts)
We love this unique blend of winter flavors from tart apples, sweet candied walnuts, and savory, warm, pan-roasted Brussels sprouts (pictured below). While this was posted as a Thanksgiving side dish, we're eating it as a main course all season long.
3. Green Goddess Kale Power Salad
Oh, how we love kale! Pair it with roasted chickpeas, pomegranate seeds, avocado, and goat cheese, and you have yourself one super tasty superfood salad. Best of all, the dressing uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo or sour cream to keep it creamy yet lean.
4. Pumpkin Sweet Potato with Pesto Salad
Blogger S. Tuck calls this salad (pictured below) the "Dr. Feel Good" because it provides vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K, plus potassium, magnesium, zinc, and fiber. And the pumpkin-sweet-potato-pesto combination will make your mouth happy too.
5. Quinoa-Black Bean Salad with Basil and Corn
When you want a dose of plant-based protein, this salad has you covered with 15 grams per serving. Perfect to whip up after an amazing workout, it takes only 15 minutes to make!
6. Kale, Brussels, and Miso Salad
"A winter salad that won't weight you down," says blogger Shell of Grateful Grazing. It will, however, keep you satisfied, with two shades of green (kale and Brussels sprouts), eggs, and Asian flavors including miso, sesame oil, and tamari.
7. Roasted Beet and Orange Salad
This beet, blood orange, squash, parsley, and basil salad with walnuts (pictured below) is a gorgeous combination on a plate as well as in your mouth. The flavors are better the longer they sit, so make a bunch to last for the week.
8. Chili Orange Veggie Bowl
Not all salads need a bed of greens in our opinion—a bowl full of warmed-up whole foods also works! Chili orange vinaigrette adds a punch, and tofu pleases your muscles and mouth. Plus blogger Jeanine shows you a fun way to steam your veggies.
9. Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Wheat Berry Salad with Pomegranates
It's worth the time to roast the squash and cook the wheat berries for this meal (pictured below) that's mouthwatering to look at and even better to eat. Every bite leaves you wanting more since it's simply loaded with flavorful, colorful, good-for-you ingredients.
10. Freekeh Salad with Fennel and Mint
What the freak is freekeh, you ask? A healthy whole grain that resembles the wheat berry, it has a smoky flavor and chewy texture. Mix it with mint and olives for a refreshing yet warm and satisfying bowl.
11. Thai Millet Salad with Peanut-Ginger Dressing
When you're craving Thai take-out, this vegetable-filled dish will do the trick. Really—you'll soon be addicted to the peanut-ginger dressing.
12. Roasted Beet, Fennel, and Arugula Salad
Once the beets are prepared, this dish is incredibly easy to throw together. And it contains one of our favorites: goat cheese. Take it as a side dish to a dinner party, and make extra to pack for lunch the next day.
13. Grilled Carrots Over Lentils with Horseradish Yogurt Sauce
Here's a salad you don't see every day, but oh, are we glad we did! The hearty carrot-lentil mix (pictured below) will fill you up the healthy way while horseradish yogurt sauce adds an unexpected kick. A perfect casserole to prepare for a large dinner party, it will absolutely impress your guests.
14. Cauliflower, Fennel, and White Bean Winter Salad
The list wouldn't be complete without a cauliflower salad, which is a totally underestimated vegetable in our opinion. This recipe is crunchy, tender, tart, creamy, and hearty. (Got all that?)
15. Ka-pow Kaniwa Winter Salad
Elenore of Earth Sprout claims this salad can save lives. We're a tad skeptical, but it's certainly loaded with healthy ingredients, including cabbage, rosemary, carrots, parsnips, walnuts, and kaniwa. Never heard of kaniwa seeds? Make this meal (pictured below) as you read more about it's amazing benefits here. Ka-pow.
16. Roasted Yams With Ginger Yogurt and Pickled Red Onions
Ginger yogurt. Pickled red onions. Yams. This simple dish is unexpected, interesting, and warm. Try it.
17. Sweet and Sour Winter Salad
Say hello to the perfect mélange of tasty and tangy. Cabbage-based like most slaw, this salad also contains dried sour cherries and cold-weather vegetables that make it warm and seasonal.
18. Hearty & Spicy Winter Salad
Spicy roasted winter veggies. Need we say more? Well, we will. Arugula and balsamic coupled with currants and rye berries equals a biting kick balanced by super sweetness. Basically, this salad (pictured below) will rock your world.
19. Roasted Fig and Blue Cheese Salad with Candied Walnuts and Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette
Here's a wintery classic combo that never fails: blue cheese, figs, and candied walnuts. True, it's more of a holiday dish, but for nights when you want a splurge and still get some greens, go easy on the toppings and enjoy.
20. The Winter Abundance Bowl
While we love the healthy ingredients (broccoli, sweet potato, red cabbage, and lentils) in this bowl, the magic really lies in the garlic-ginger pumpkin seed sauce. Try it when you are really ravenous and shivering. Brown rice makes it extra filling.