Ten vegetarian winter salads you’ll want to eat all season long! Easy winter salad recipes that are fresh, vibrant, and will brighten up your days.
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Hello, Rhubarbarians! Let's brighten these short, dark days with some delicious winter salads.
A lot of people don't think of winter as a salad season, but there are so many seasonal fruits and veggies to enjoy when it's cold. A winter salad can be vibrant and fresh, or warm and comforting.
These ten winter salad recipes are satisfying, in-season, and filling enough to be a full meal.
How do you eat salad in the winter?
Winter is peak season for so much produce! Hearty winter greens, root vegetables, citrus fruits, winter squash, cruciferous vegetables, apples, and pears, etc.
Here are some produce guides to help you:
Tips for building a winter salad that will satisfy:
- Consider what you're craving. It might be bright and refreshing (citrus), or warm and cozy (root veggies).
- Choose your produce. Center your salad around the produce you'd like to eat.
- Choose greens if desired. Winter greens can be quite hearty like kale, collards, and radicchio, so consider massaging the greens.
- Add protein, fiber, and carbs. Nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, croutons, cheese, and dried fruit are all great options.
- Add fresh herbs. They add so much flavor. My favorites are tarragon with root vegetables and fresh mint with citrus.
- Choose your dressing. Citrus dressings are my favorite in the winter!
Here are your ten vegetarian winter salads that are hearty enough to be eaten as a main dish!
This salad comes together in only 15 minutes! It also uses beet greens that are usually thrown out.
The warm brussels sprouts marry very well with the flavors of the pecans, cranberries, apples, and blue cheese. Then it all gets tossed in a simple apple cider vinaigrette. Amazing!
Quinoa, chickpeas, walnuts, cheese.... it's all loaded with protein. Which makes this quinoa salad hearty enough to eat as a main dish OR as a healthy side dish.
This salad has EVERYTHING you want if you are a fruit and cheese lover like me. Apples, pears, pomegranate, cheddar, and pecans. Super simple, but super amazing.
This one is LOADED! Roasted squash, roasted broccoli rabe, wilted kale, pepitas, cranberries, and a mustardy vinaigrette. Ooooooh..... yum.
Another 15 minute meal! My favorite thing about this salad is the crispy sauteed chickpeas. They are sauteed with a bit of oil, fresh rosemary, and meyer lemons.
A 20-minute warm winter salad with apples and cheese! We are big fans of salads loaded with fruit and cheese.
Radishes can have a serious bite to them, and eating a whole bowl full can be well... intense. Just a quick 30-minute pickle with some vinegar will mellow out that spiciness and make the radishes really pleasant and mellow but still crunchy.
This wild rice salad is PERFECT. It checks off all of the vegetarian winter salads boxes. Roasted root veggies, wild rice mix, pecans, and cranberries.
This endive salad is loaded with all the good stuff. Crunchy greens, sweet apples, tangy goat cheese, bitter walnuts, flavorful shallots, and herby parsley.
More winter recipes to try:
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