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Need a crisp, colorful winter salad? Seasonal produce makes fresh, bright flavors in these winter salad recipes that banish the cold weather blues!

Winter salad, salad on plate with radicchio, pear, and citrus dressing

One of the best ways to keep eating vibrant, colorful vegetables even in the cold months? Winter salad! You’ll be surprised by the amount of bright colors and varied textures you can pack into a salad. Seasonal ingredients star in these winter salad recipes, featuring leafy greens like kale and spinach, pomegranate seeds, citrus, apples, pears, Brussels sprouts, beets, and winter squash. They combine into some of the most delicious salads you’ll have, the perfect accessory to a cozy winter dinner.

And now…the top winter salad recipes to try!

More resources for winter eating

There are lots of tasty recipes for eating in the cold months! Sometimes it’s easy to default to mac and cheese. But there are lots more ways to eat healthy in the winter. Here are some ideas:

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Radicchio Salad

Winter Salad with Pear & Greens

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Try this vibrant radicchio salad, the perfect side dish! Sweet pears, crunchy almonds, tangy goat cheese, and a bright citrus vinaigrette dress up a colorful bed of greens.



For the winter salad

  • 1 head radicchio, washed, dried and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 head butter lettuce, washed, dried and torn into bite-sized pieces or 2 cups baby arugula or baby mizuna
  • 1 ripe pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted almonds (or pine nuts)
  • ¼ cup goat cheese crumbles (or feta or gorgonzola), optional
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves

For the citrus vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup olive oil


  1. Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, orange zest, honey, and kosher salt. Gradually whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy dressing forms. Store refrigerated; the dressing will solidify when cooled so bring to room temperature before serving.
  2. Toast the nuts
  3. Prepare the radicchio, butter lettuce (if using), pear, shallot as noted above.
  4. On a large platter or on salad plates, place the radicchio pieces and butter lettuce or baby arugula or mizuna. Add the pear slices, then sprinkle over the sliced shallot, toasted nuts, goat cheese crumbles, and mint leaves. Drizzle with the orange dressing and serve.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Winter salad, winter salad recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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