12 Winter Salad Recipes Featuring In-Season Produce

Can a salad be comfort food? These hearty but healthy salads starring winter fruits and vegetables make a strong case.


Greg DuPree

Winter is generally the season of comfort foods—cozy stews, hearty soups, and low-and-slow oven roasts. But with the right in-season ingredients, winter salad recipes can be your ticket to a hearty and healthy meal—often in just a few minutes. Here's how to pull together a perfectly delicious winter salad for lunch or dinner today.

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Every-Citrus Salad With Almonds and Manchego

Every-Citrus Salad with Almonds and Manchego Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Bitter radicchio pairs perfectly with the sweet-tart mix of citrus (orange, blood orange, and grapefruit) and a touch of salt from the manchego cheese and almonds. A combination of shallots, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard mixes to create an orange dressing that is as delicious as it is unique. Serve this salad with grilled chicken, pork roast, or salmon.

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Rosemary-Roasted Golden Beets and Carrots

Rosemary-Roasted Beets and Carrots
Con Poulos

Roasted beets and carrots are a pairing that couldn't be more straightforward. Just toss all the ingredients together and roast until tender. Combine red wine vinegar, olive oil, fresh rosemary, salt, and pepper for a refreshing vegetable side dish.

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Arugula and Pear Salad With Maple Vinaigrette

Arugula and Pear Salad With Maple Vinaigrette
Sang An

This peppery winter arugula salad recipe uses sweet pears and a maple-infused dressing. If peaches and apricots are unavailable, try substituting any in-season stone fruit.

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Caramelized Veggies With Poppy Seed Dressing

Caramelized Veggies With Poppy Seed Dressing on a pink linen

Pre-roast your vegetables so you can easily pull this salad together for a weeknight meal. Plus, a drizzle of a creamy, punchy poppy seed dressing adds an unexpected flavoring to the colorful crisp-tender vegetables. Parsley and poppy seeds are ideal for brightening up the dish.

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Mustardy Kale Salad With Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple

Mustardy Kale Salad With Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple
Christina Holmes

Enjoy this salad as a side or main dish packed with hearty ingredients. Combine kale, roasted sweet potatoes, chopped apples, and apples in a tangy mustard vinaigrette for this nutritional meal. Pink Lady or Honeycrisp apples work best but substitute your favorite apple variety.

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Gorgonzola Cream and Prosciutto Endives

Thanksgiving Salad: Citrus Endive Salad
Romulo Yanes

Belgian endive, grapefruit, and red onions create a fresh side salad for a winter night. This classic, no-cook salad comes together in just about 20 minutes. The rich prosciutto pairs perfectly with the sprinkling of pickled apples.

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Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels Sprouts Salad
Heami Lee

Combine thinly sliced Brussels sprouts with colorful strips of bitter radicchio, pecans, and dried cranberries. Aged provolone shavings and a tart-flavored apple cider vinegar dressing complete the dish. Prepare the vegetables for this dish up to two days in advance.

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Steak and Beet Salad

Steak and beet salad displayed on a plate.
Greg DuPree

Vibrant and tender beets are a sweet contrast to the meaty steak pieces in this stunning salad. The torn leaves of radicchio are slightly bitter but mellow with the creamy yogurt. Make sure not to skimp on the freshly cracked pepper and the toasted pepitas, which make for a crunchy finish.

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Make-Ahead Holiday Salad

Make-Ahead Holiday Salad
Greg DuPree

Using kale and Brussels sprouts to massage with the dressing will help it stay soft and tender longer than traditional leaves. Gorgeous colors fill this dish, from red kale leaves to golden croutons and jewel-toned pomegranate seeds.

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Crispy Pork and Bok Choy Larb

Crispy Pork and Bok Choy Larb
Greg DuPree

This striking salad with a kick hits all the right notes with perfectly browned ground pork and the spicy lime juice mixture that seasons it. Ribbons of rainbow carrots add a nice crunch (so do the salted peanuts!) and look beautiful.

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Grapefruit and Feta Fregola Salad

Grapefruit and Feta Fregola Salad
Greg DuPree

Fregola is a small, toasted pasta from Sardinia, but if you can't find it, you can use Israeli couscous—very similar and just as delicious. This salad, tossed with quick-broiled onions, fresh grapefruit, salty feta, and toasted hazelnuts, will be on your dinner rotation all winter long.

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad With Creamy Tahini Dressing

Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad With Creamy Tahini Dressing
Greg DuPree

Post-holidays and come winter, we've had plenty of roasted vegetables, especially Brussels sprouts and wilted kale. We opted for shaved sprouts and torn, raw kale to switch it up. Miso and tahini come together for a stellar, creamy dressing to coat every bit of this salad. Swap tofu in for the chicken if you're looking for a vegetarian-friendly option.

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