Something about the winter months makes me crave bright and colorful foods. Don’t get me wrong, I love a hot bowl of hearty soup but sometimes I need to eat something fresh. Since I’m stuck home (it’s literally 0 degrees outside right now before windchill, not taking the baby out in that) I’ve been browsing the blogosphere for some delicious winter salad inspiration. I think seasonal food is best (and cheapest) so you won’t find any heirloom tomato medleys or sweet corn salads here!
Warm Kale, Farro and Winter Fruit Salad from Jeanette’s Healthy Living – Kale is a super food, and flu season is an awesome time to add more to your diet
Roasted Beet and Orange Salad from Baked Bree – Beets are my absolute favorite vegetable, I don’t eat them nearly as often as I would like but this salad looks like a great excuse to pick some up
Quinoa, Kale and Pomegranate Salad from Chow Vida – If you’re wondering why kale plays such a starring role in so many winter dishes it’s because kale is the polar bear of the greens world. It laughs in the face of a killing frost and continues to hold it’s flavor (or get better) deep into winter.
Cheddar & Apple Winter Salad with Balsamic Feta Vinaigrette from Bake Your Day – I love a piece of sharp cheddar with my apple cider (or apple pie) so I can only imagine how good this salad can be
Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing from Foodie Crush – Not quite as hardy as kale, spinach can be grown into the colder months without a lot of care. Also, bacon!
Bacon, Beet & Butternut Squash Sorghum Salad from Cooking with Books – Beets and butternuts can be stored (with care) all through the winter. They can bring some much needed color into the winter diet.
Pear, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad with Maple Vinaigrette from Drizzle and Dip – This is a classic combo for the winter months kicked up a bit with the addition of maple.
Winter Greek Salad from Five and Spice – In the summer I love to chow down on a big bowl of feta and balsamic laced tomatoes, this looks like a great twist for the winter months when the tomatoes leave a lot to be desired.
Roasted Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Watercress Warm Winter Salad from Bring Joy – I love sweet potatoes, especially roasted. They’re like natures candy, vitamin loaded candy! They play a staring roll in this salad along with a tasty maple and balsamic dressing.
Winter Salad from From the Kitchen – This salad covers just about the whole rainbow, the perfect healthy kick following the carb and sugar fest that is the holidays!
Balsamic Roasted Winter Salad from Thyme and Honey – It seems like chicken is the go-to protein for salads, boring right? I think it’s awesome that this one features ham, not to mention the amazing-ness that is roasted veggies.
2017 Update – This link is no longer available 🙁 but Thyme & Honey has a delicous, seasonal and simple recipe for a Fennel & Blood Orange Salad that would fit right into this collection
Red Christmas Salad from A Tasty Love Story – This salad is filled with herbs, apples and red cabbage and finished with a cranberry dressing that I need in my life now.
Winter Panzanella Salad with Grapefruit, Fennel and Avocado from The Vintage Mixer – The first time I had panzanella I was in Italy, there is something special about a salad full of bread, especially when in includes juicy red grapefruit.
Red Cabbage Radicchio Beet Salad with Purple Sage Pecorino and Peppitas from Life Love Food – Don’t let the monochromatic nature of this salad trick you into thinking it’s bland or boring. It’s full of flavor and texture from the crunchy, bitter radiccho to the soft, balsamic-pickled onions.