Looking for a knock-out winter salad? These are the best winter salad recipes that make the most of the produce the season has to offer.
Winter food doesn’t need to be all brown and mushy. Nope, one of the best ways to keep eating vibrant, colorful vegetables in the cold months? A winter salad! You’ll be surprised by the amount of bright colors and varied textures you can pack into a salad. What are the seasonal ingredients that star in these winter salad recipes?
- Leafy greens like kale and spinach
- Pomegranate seeds
- Brussels sprouts
- Winter squash
These ingredients combine into some of the most delicious salads you’ll have? Ready to get chopping? Let’s go.
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:
- 20 Warming Winter Recipes These meals are full of nourishing ingredients, from pot pies to soups.
- 10 Cozy Winter Desserts Snuggle up to crumbles, cookies and cozy cakes.
- 15 Best Squash Recipes Keep things fresh and healthy with winter squash!
- 30 Soup Recipes Everyone Should Try Soups are always in season in the winter.
- Instant Pot Soup Recipes Bust out the pressure cooker for easy hearty meals.
- Quick Chili Recipe This chili is lightening fast. It’s also great on potatoes.
- 12 Winter Drinks for the Season Cozy up to some winter drinks to keep you going.
This pomegranate salad is absolutely irresistible! It stars a sweet tart salad dressing and the vibrant crunch of pomegranate seeds.
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds (from 1 medium pomegranate)
- 1 shallot
- 1 Granny Smith apple or Bosc pear
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans or glazed pecans*
- 1 recipe Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing or Pomegranate Vinaigrette (or dress with olive oil and pomegranate molasses)
- 3 ounces (6 cups) mixed greens
- 2 ounces soft goat cheese or feta (omit for vegan)
- Cut and seed the pomegranate.
- Thinly slice the shallot. Thinly slice the apple (and toss it with 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar if desired to prevent browning).
- Toast the pecans (don’t skip: this brings out the nutty flavor). Alternatively, make glazed pecans.
- Make the Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing or Pomegranate Vinaigrette.
- Place the greens on a platter. Top with the pomegranate seeds, sliced shallot, toasted pecans, and goat cheese or feta cheese crumbles. Toss with the desired amount of dressing to taste. (Store the extra dressing refrigerated and warm to room temperature and whisk again before using.)
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Raw
- Cuisine: Salad
Keywords: Winter salad
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.