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27 of the Best Seasonal Salad Recipes to Try this Winter

Salads: they are not just for summer anymore! You can totally upgrade your summer salad recipes by adding some wonderful wintery toppings like sweet potatoes, apples, cranberries, and pears.

In fact, I would say that festively flavored, meaty salads, and warm salads all taste better in the wintertime. Don’t leave your winter craving for salads out in the cold! Below are the 27 best salad recipes you can enjoy this winter.

Easy Winter Salad Recipes

Looking for delicious recipes you can easily throw together after a long winter day? You’ll love these super simple but so flavorful salads.

Easy Kale and Goat Cheese Salad

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Credit: Delicious on a Dime

This easy, cheesy kale and goat cheese salad is simply satisfying and the perfect reprieve from heavy winter food. Walnuts, creamy goat cheese, sweet apples, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and red onions are all sprinkled on a kale base. Top it off with some chicken or turkey chunks marinated in sage.

Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

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Let’s get festive and fruity with this wonderful winter fruit salad with lemon poppyseed dressing. Dressed in a tangy, sweet, lemon poppyseed dressing is onions, lettuce, swiss cheese, cashews, cranberries, apples, and pears which make a formidable wintery mix. This salad is so easy to make in large quantities it’s perfect for holiday parties or family events.

Kale Butternut Squash Farro Salad

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Credit: For the Love of Basil

This kale butternut squash farro salad is perfect for the winter and fall. With only 6 ingredients—butternut squash, kale, farro, shallots, grapeseed oil, and lemon juice—this salad is surprisingly flavorful. The zest of the lemon paired with sweet nuttiness of the squash makes this a recipe to remember.

Warm Winter Salad Recipes

These super satisfying salads are the warm meals you need to cap off cold winter days.

Hot German-Style Potato Salad

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Credit: Eating Well

Leave everything you think you know about potato salad at the door, this homey hot German-style potato salad is going to blow you away. This hearty comfort food may not be as nutritious as your typical salad, but with slow-cooked potatoes and onions, and chunks of cooked turkey bacon, it gives you a lot of reasons to still give it a try.

Warm Roasted Winter Salad Bowl

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Credit: Oh She Glows

This refreshing and filling warm, roasted winter salad bowl features expertly roasted veggies, a quinoa base, and a sweet yet mildly tangy dressing. Even the meat-lovers in your family will be blown away by this salad’s simple but satisfying flavor.

Cooked and Raw Winter Salad

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Pairing warm and cold ingredients, this cooked and raw winter salad combines pine nuts, parmesan, and bacon with a uniquely delicious medley of cooked and raw vegetables. With a long list of ingredients and some extra prep steps, this salad does require a bit of work but is so worth it.

Roast Fennel, Clementine, Burrata and Chili Salad

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This warm winter roast fennel, clementine, burrata and chili salad will bring the heat- from its temperature and chili seasoning. The hints of spice and sweetness paired with this salad’s delectably creamy texture make it a winter winner.

Winter Salad Recipes with Pears

One of my favorite winter ingredients to work with is pears. Their subtle sweetness pairs beautifully with other traditional salad ingredients.

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

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Credit: Six Sisters’ Stuff

This super simple pear and blue cheese salad pairs sweet flavors and crumbly blue cheese which are guaranteed to get you over your winter blues. My favorite part of this salad is its sweet dressing with maple syrup, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar which effortlessly enhances this salad’s other flavors.

Warm Pear & Spinach Salad with Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette

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Credit: Eating Well

There are a lot of strong flavors in this warm pear and spinach salad with maple-bacon vinaigrette that somehow blend flawlessly. The slightly bitter taste of spinach, the decadent test of the maple bacon, and the subtle sweetness of the pears make this a magnificent, memorable winter salad.

Radicchio, Pear, Gorgonzola, Pomegranate & Walnut Salad

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Credit: A Beautiful Plate

This loaded winter delight is a mix of sweet, salty, bitter and tart, and it satisfies like nobody’s business. If you’re getting CSA or rescued produce deliveries, this one is probably going to be easy to whip up in the winter, too, as these seasonal ingredients arrive on supermarket shelves at about the same time.

Winter Salads with Meat

You’ll be so excited to “meat” these delicious meaty salad recipes that are absolutely perfect for the wintertime.

Pumpkin, Chorizo and Feta Salad

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Credit: Healthy Mummy

With the buttery sweetness of roasted pumpkin, the unctuous heat of chorizo, and the cut of salty feta, there is no bad note in this perfectly pitched winter salad. It’s simple to prepare, served on a bed of tender baby spinach, and dressed with a drizzle of balsamic.

Sprouted Seed and Grain Salad with Spiced Prawns

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Credit: Saveur

While this sprouted seed and grain salad with spiced prawns definitely takes some cooking skills and lots of work, it’s unbelievably delicious and, I would say, worth the trouble. The base of this dish is tender, textured buckwheat quinoa mixed with sprouted sunflower seeds. The expertly spiced prawn that tops off this dish is to die for.

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad

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This hearty Mediterranean grilled chicken salad has something for everyone, with spiced grilled chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocados. Perfectly balancing having lots of flavors, but not lots of calories, this salad is destined to become one of your winter favorites.

Lamb Salad with Arugula and Raspberry Vinaigrette

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Credit: Food & Wine

I absolutely love lamb, so naturally, this lamb salad with arugula and raspberry vinaigrette is one of my favorite recipes on this list. The sweetness of the lamb is brought out when it cools and with the addition of the raspberry vinaigrette. This festive, colorful salad will be great for holiday meals.

Vegan Winter Salad Recipes

Not a fan of meat? No worries! These vegan winter salad recipes are just as satisfying and jampacked with winter flavors.

Curry Chickpea Salad with Toasted Coconut

Curry Chickpea Salad for wraps or sandwiches
Credit: Feasting at Home

I love the taste of toasted coconut, especially in the winter. That taste perfectly accents the sultry, spicy flavor of this curry chickpea salad with toasted coconut. This salad is perfect for wraps, sandwiches, or topping salad greens, and makes a quick meal for lunch or dinner.

Vegan Salad with Cabbage and Pomegranate

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Credit: Lazy Cat Kitchen

With a sweet pomegranate sauce and a medley of veggies, this vegan winter salad is full of wonderful winter flavors. Included are all of the best winter produce, including cabbage, turnips, and apples. This simple recipe makes a great side salad, or could even be a full meal.

Beluga Lentil Broccoli Salad

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This protein-packed and fiber-rich beluga lentil broccoli salad is perfect as a side dish or even a light meal. With broccoli, lentils, red onion, almonds, and a tasty homemade dressing, this salad includes some of the tastiest winter veggies. After you soak the lentils overnight, this simple salad takes less than 30 minutes to make. You can substitute the black (beluga) lentils with green or brown if you have those on hand; they require no soaking and take less than 30 minutes to cook.

Winter Salads With Roasted Veggies

Bring a little bit of warmth and a lot of flavor to your winter with these roasted veggie salads.

Shredded Collard Green Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cashews

Shredded Collard Green Salad With Roasted Sweet Potatoes winter salad vegan recipe
Credit: Saveur

Combining the freshness of raw collard greens and the sweetness of tender, roasted sweet potatoes, this shredded collard green salad with roasted sweet potatoes is unbelievably delicious. Other fun, flavorful toppings like cashews, rich goat cheese, and ginger make this salad a total stand-out.

Honey-Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad

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Credit: Eat Be Live

The sweetness of honey is a welcome addition to any of my meals all year-round. This roasted winter vegetable salad will taste particularly good in the winter, bringing together warm flavors like butternut squash, red onions, and Dijon mustard.

5-Ingredient Squash Burrata Salad Recipe

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Credit: Sweet Phi

This 5 ingredient squash burrata salad is simple to make and simply delicious. Combining roasted squash, creamy burrata, and crunchy hazelnuts this salad is the perfect appetizer and an excellent addition to homey holiday family meals.

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

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Credit: The Beach House Kitchen

This tangy, tasty, roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad is perfect all year long, but it’s intense, warm flavors are particularly good in the winter. I’m a huge fan of its tangy mustard-based sauce, but the roasted cauliflower and chickpea base is certainly nothing to sneeze at.

Winter Salad Recipes With Flavorful Dressings

Bring the flavor to your winter salads with these notably tasty dressings that completely enhance the salads they adorn.

Winter Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

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One of my favorite dressing bases is dijon mustard, so this winter salad with maple dijon vinaigrette definitely hits the spot for me. This nourishing and delicious salad has tons of delicious winter veggies like kale, beets, and sweet potatoes. Covered in a tangy vinaigrette their rich flavors meld flawlessly.

Winter Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

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Credit: Love & Olive Oil

Citrus: it’s hard to know whether it tastes better in the summer or winter. Here to settle the debate is this delicious winter salad with citrus vinaigrette. The citrus vinaigrette paired with the sweet flavors of persimmons, tangerines, and pomegranates makes this one of the sweetest salads on this list.

Fig and Arugula Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing

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Credit: Simply Quinoa

The creamy balsamic dressing on this fig and arugula salad makes it a wintry winner. The tangy but sweet dressing plays flawlessly off the fresh figs and peppery arugula. With only a handful of ingredients, this warmly flavored salad hits the spot at the end of a cold, wintery day.

Winter Salads with Fruit

Need a good salad recipe for your holiday dinner? Then you will love the festive and fun salads below.

Parmesan Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Credit: Delish

If, like myself, you are a huge fan of Brussels sprouts, this parmesan brussels sprouts salad will blow your mind. Requiring very little prep, this salad can easily be made for big winter events. With festive flavors like toasted almonds and pomegranate seeds, it will become one of your family’s holiday favorites.

Festive Fruit Salad

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Credit: Melanie Cooks

As much as I love veggie salads, sometimes a fruit salad is what really hits the spot. You can easily make this festive fruit salad in bulk for holiday events as an appetizer or even dessert. With pomegranates, kiwis, oranges, pineapples, and bananas it includes all of the best winter fruits.

Winter Salad with Cherries and Apples

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Credit: Taste of Home

Blending the best winter veggies with some of my favorite winter fruits, there is a lot to love about this winter salad with cherries and apples. With a sweet and tangy dressing, greens, apples, cherries, and pecans, this is a super fun and festive dish. Its festiveness paired with its simplicity makes it perfect for holiday dinners.

Winter Fruit Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing

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Credit: Hola Jalapeno

This red and green delight is loaded with early spring/late winter produce like strawberries, fennel and clementines. Add a drizzle of honey-lemon dressing, the crunch of bright green pistachios, and you have a winter hit that’s hard to forget.

Bottom Line

Use some homegrown winter veggies in any of these salads for a fresh and flavorful winter dish!

Whether you were looking for vegan, festive, meaty, flavorful, simple, fruit, or citrusy salads, this list had a recipe for you.

Let me know which was your favorite in the comments and if you enjoyed this list, be sure to share it!

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