Come summertime Pinterest will be abound with salads but yo it’s still only February! What do you do in winter when you’re craving a really good salad? Your options likely feel limited. During the lovely sunny months fruit and vegetable options are abundant but in winter not so much. As inconvenient as it is, I tend to want what I can’t have, so once winter hits I start craving cold, refreshing, healthy food. It’s in the coldest months that I’m like dang I really want a salad. And as much as I love roasted vegetables in a kale salad (they’re alright), I want variety and like to trick myself into thinking that warmer days are near by munching on a salad like the ones listed below. I promise they’ll help you hold out (and eat healthy) until spring.
10 Mouthwatering Winter Salads
More time intensive than the other salads in this roundup but oh my gosh it looks delicious! And if you’ve never tried preserved lemons you must. This salad is packed full of flavor from the grilled vegetables to the briny olives and fluffy couscous.
Raw brussels sprouts and kale are the OG of winter salad components these days. You have your greens, your tartness from the pomegranate, buttery avocado, the sharpness of the parmesan, crunchy walnuts, and a shallot-lemon dressing that really lightens up the dish.
This is really just an excuse to eat some delicious mozzarella. But ok, we’ll add a few other ingredients to the mix. Like rocket, blood oranges, pomegranate, mint, and pecorino all with a simple lemon and olive oil dressing. Really easy to make and super satisfying.
Tex-Mex flavors are good year round because you can always find corn, black beans, and avocados. Adjust as needed with whatever veggies and proteins are in season, in this case shrimp, and add some spicy chipotle flavor for a salad that is comforting and warm without being too heavy.
This lobster salad changes up your usual crab, grapefruit, avocado combination. The grapefruit brings out the sweetness of the lobster which is coated in the grapefruit and champagne vinegar dressing. And the avocado…well avocado is always welcome with its sultry sexy smoothness. Perfection.
Is kale salad too simple sounding for you? Well, welcome your new favorite salad featuring tandoori-roasted chickpeas. Add the roasted garlic-tahini dressing and you have a hearty, healthy, lip-smackingly delicious kale salad to add to your salad rotation.
You see grapefruit in so many winter salads but how about making citrus the star by bringing in grapefruit’s other sweet and tart friends; blood orange, cara cara, mandarin, navel, and tangerines. Creamy avocados and crunchy cucumber along with a basil vinaigrette create a super refreshing salad.
Think of this Fattoush salad as a Middle Eastern panzanella salad, with that classic combination of cucumbers, tomatoes, lemon and mint (yes mint!) but with some torn up flat bread mixed throughout. It’s also extremely easy to make and sure to make your taste buds sing with its creamy buttermilk dressing.
A salad with chicken is a great go-to light dinner but can get a little boring. This salad is anything but boring. Crispy almond crusted chicken over a mound of crunchy vegetables including cucumber, asparagus, and edamame with an orange wasabi dressing.
This is what I think of when I think of any winter salad that doesn’t involve roasted veg. The warm croutons and bacon give it that comforting, heavy flavor that’s so welcomed during colder months. But then you have the walnuts and blue cheese with that tangy Dijon dressing – such a classic!