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25 Healthy & Hearty Winter Salads

Winter salads are entirely different than summer salads. In mid-winter, root vegetables, bright citrus fruits, and dark greens are far more commonplace than light summer herbs and fresh, local berries. For salad eaters, this means changing up the typical dinner salad to be more vegetable heavy with fewer light leafy greens. I happen to love doing this and am a big fan of winter salad making. In fact, sometimes I make them hearty enough that the salad itself becomes dinner! Here are some of our favorite winter salads that are positively delicious and are healthy to boot.

  • 25 Healthy & Hearty Winter Salads 1 of 26
    25 Healthy & Hearty Winter Salads

    If you like salads but need ideas for good ones to prepare with winter ingredients, click through for some great ideas!

  • Beet & Orange Salad 2 of 26
    Beet & Orange Salad

    Roasted beets and bright oranges bring a little sunshine and health on a cold winters day! The extra dot of goat cheese gives it a terrific tang.
    Make beet and orange salad

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Fresh Blueberry Chicken Salad with Almonds 3 of 26
    Fresh Blueberry Chicken Salad with Almonds

    This fresh chicken salad is studded with fresh berries and almonds, making it hearty enough for a meal. Use fresh blueberries from the store or thaw some you froze at the end of last summer.
    Make blueberry chicken salad with almonds

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Classic Cobb Salad 4 of 26
    Classic Cobb Salad

    A cobb salad is great year-round and is especially good for winter when we eat heartier foods. It is packed with healthy vegetables and proteins, and is the perfect satisfying dinner on cold winter night.
    Make classic cobb salad

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Pineapple Winter Salad 5 of 26
    Pineapple Winter Salad

    Pineapple winter salad is bound to bring cheer to your palate with all of its bright festive flavors. The natural sweetness from the pineapple will have you dreaming of tropical destinations in no time.
    Make pineapple winter salad

    Photo: Jennifer Leal

  • Fennel & Orange Salad 6 of 26
    Fennel & Orange Salad

    This healthy, light salad is packed with bright citrus and intense fennel, the perfect flavors to beat the winter blues. The toasted walnuts top off everything with a terrific nutty crunch!
    Make fennel and orange salad

    Photo: Jaime Richardson

  • Grapefruit & Avocado Salad 7 of 26
    Grapefruit & Avocado Salad

    A simple, healthy salad, it is full of color and flavor and it the perfect light meal in winter. Eating it will provide plenty of nutritious protein and make you feel like you are at a spa!
    Make grapefruit and avocado salad

    Photo: Jaime Richardson

  • Kale Salad with Parmesan & Dried Cranberries 8 of 26
    Kale Salad with Parmesan & Dried Cranberries

    This intensely dark salad is packed with flavor and healthful winter greens. The parmesan lends the perfect salad touch to this healthy and hearty meal.
    Make kale salad with parmesan and dried cranberries

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Portobello Mushroom Salad 9 of 26
    Portobello Mushroom Salad

    This gorgeous portobello salad is perfect for winter and is even dairy-free! It is great for serving up to anyone on a vegan diet, it tastes just like a steak dinner.
    Make portobello mushroom salad

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Red Cabbage Salad with Cranberries 10 of 26
    Red Cabbage Salad with Cranberries

    The vibrant red cabbage makes this salad almost too pretty to eat - but go ahead and dig in anyway, you'll be glad you did! The bitter cabbage and sweet apple marry perfectly to make the ultimate savory meal.
    Make red cabbage salad with cranberries

    Photo: Jaime Richardson

  • Spicy Squash Salad with Parsley 11 of 26
    Spicy Squash Salad with Parsley

    This spicy squash salad will convert any skeptic who still thinks that winter salads need to be full of out-of-season greens. Enjoy in-season flavor with all the squash you can get your hands on!
    Make spicy squash salad with parsley

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Beet Salad with Grapefruit and Feta 12 of 26
    Beet Salad with Grapefruit and Feta

    This earthy and sweet salad is perfect for winter. A fresh grapefruit and some beets are all you need to form the base of the salad. Then marinate the ingredients to give them extra flavor!

    Make beet salad with grapefruit and feta

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Grilled Chicken Taco Salad 13 of 26
    Grilled Chicken taco salad

    This awesome and easy salad will give you a little tex-mex flair mid-winter. It is a healthy salad full of fresh vegetables and a touch of cheese and is topped with chicken, an easy protein.

    Make grilled chicken taco salad

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Lightened Up Salad with Turkey 14 of 26
    Lightened Up Taco Salad with Turkey

    This lightened up salad is made with ground turkey instead of beef. It is hearty enough to satisfy even the hungriest appetite and the flavors are perfect for all ages.

    Make lightened up taco salad with turkey

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Sesame Apple Chipotle Salad 15 of 26
    Sesame Apple Chipotle Salad

    This sweet and spicy tuna salad recipe is perfect for a mid-winter dinner. It is simple to pull together and makes for an easy, healthy dinner for the whole family!

    Make sesame chipotle apple tuna salad

    Photo: Nicole Presly

  • Wedge Salad 16 of 26
    Wedge Salad

    This salad is hearty enough to be a light dinner. Or, it serves as a heavy side dish alongside braised meat.

    Make wedge salad

    Photo: Shaina Olmanson

  • Rainbow Carrot Salad 17 of 26
    Rainbow Carrot Salad

    In the winter, root vegetables can form the basis of terrific salad. This one features carrots shaved into ribbons and lots of healthy seeds. Make this for a light dinner or serve it with grilled fish for a healthy meal.

    Make carrot ribbon salad

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Lemony Cauliflower Salad 18 of 26
    lemony Cauliflower Salad

    For a crunchy winter salad that is easy to prepare and everyone will love, make this recipe. Cauliflower is healthy to boot, and this preparation gives it all kinds of terrific flavor.

    Make lemony cauliflower salad

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Kale Salad with Lemon & Parmesan 19 of 26
    kale salad with lemon and parmesan

    For your winter dose of kale, make this easy raw kale salad. It is full of citrus and Parmesan flavors and will help you stick to your New Year's resolutions.

    Make kale salad with lemon and Parmesan

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Orange and Pomegranate Salad 20 of 26
    orange and pomegranate holiday salad

    Oranges, spinach, and fresh pomegranates make for a gorgeous salad that is hearty enough for a light meal, or is the only side you need alongside ham or turkey. It is also so pretty it can be used as a centerpiece!

    Make orange pomegranate salad

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Radicchio Carrot Bulgur Salad with Cara Cara Oranges 21 of 26
    Radicchio Carrot Bulger Salad with Cara Cara Oranges

    This bright salad is perfect for winter, it will brighten the mood and the palate. It is filled with young spinach, bulgur wheat, oranges, and carrots. Enjoy it for dinner any night of the week!

    Make radicchio carrot bulgur salad with cara cara oranges

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Sausage & Peppers Salad 22 of 26
    sausage and peppers salad

    This hearty salad will satisfy even the hungriest of appetites. It is full of winter peppers and freshly cooked sausage. Make it for dinner on any given weeknight - your family will be glad you did!

    Make sausage and peppers salad

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Wild Rice Salad with Chanterelles 23 of 26
    wild rice salad with chanterelles

    This salad is full of wild rice and mushrooms and is completely gluten-free. It is perfect for anyone looking for the winter alternative to pasta salad.

    Make wild rice salad with chanterelles

    Photo: Shauna Ahern

  • Chickpea & Broccoli Salad 24 of 26
    Chickpea and Broccoli Slaw Salad

    Broccoli and chickpeas give this salad plenty of protein and satisfying crunch. It is a great light lunch or side for dinner.

    Make chickpea and broccoli salad

    Photo: Aggie Goodman

  • Feta & Chickpea Salad 25 of 26
    feta and chickpea salad

    Even though there are very few summer vegetables to be found in the stores, you can easily make this salad. It is full of chickpeas, cucumbers, and feta, all of which are readily available in stores year-round.

    Make Chickpea and feta salad

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Walnut Panzanella Salad 26 of 26
    Walnut Panzanella Salad

    A panzanella salad full of olive, tomatoes, walnuts, and bread is perfect for winter. It is packed with vegetables and flavor and comes together in a snap.

    Make walnut panzanella salad

    Photo: Julie VR

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