Fast and Easy Salads Featuring Winter Fruits!

Ah, February. Holidays are long over, here in New York we are buried – literally – under mountains of snow, and spring seems farther away than ever.

Oh – and resolutions.

Like many of you, I vowed on December 31 to eat better this year. Less junk, more healthy foods, fewer “processed” ingredients.

Salads are a natural, yet I mostly feel uninspired to make them during the winter months. Especially fruit salads. Summer is such a cornucopia of fresh, gorgeous produce that it just feels easier to toss a salad together when the weather is warm.

But I’ve got us covered – while stone fruits and berries are yet to come, there are plenty of delicious fruits that are at their peak right now – and I’ve rounded up some inventive salads that feature these beauties!

  • Winter Fruit Salads! 1 of 13
    winter fruit salads

    Cold gray weather got you down? Cheer up (and feel good!) with these bright, fresh and colorful salads featuring your favorite winter fruits!

  • Beet Salad with Grapefruit 2 of 13
    babble beet salad with grapefruit

    Mild beets contrast beautifully with sweet-sour grapefruits in this gorgeous salad! Feta and red onion complement these flavors perfectly.

    Read how on Babble

  • Winter Fruit Salad 3 of 13
    babble winter fruit salad

    Thinly sliced apples and pears mingle with dried apricots and plump figs — and are dressed in a simple syrup. Best of all, this brunch-worthy salad can be prepared the night before, always a bonus!

    Read how on Babble

  • Beet and Orange Salad 4 of 13
    babble beet and orange salad

    This stunning salad is a perfect example of how simplicity can equal exciting! Roasted beets are layered with orange slices, finished with dash of mustard and a sprinkling of fresh dill and chevre. Bon appetit!

    Read how on Babble

  • Modern Ambrosia Salad 5 of 13
    babble ambrosia salad

    That retro classic Ambrosia gets a seriously contemporary upgrade — swapping marshmallows for avocado and combining fresh citrus with tangy buttermilk, cucumbers and tarragon. Swingin'!

    Read how on Babble

  • Orange and Tangerine Salad 6 of 13
    babble orange and tangerine salad

    Gorgeous! Tangerines and two types of oranges are layered and topped with vibrant pomegranate seeds and crunchy sesame seeds.

    Read how on Babble

  • Tropical Fruit Salad 7 of 13
    babble tropical fruit salad

    Who doesn't crave a tropical vacation — right now?? If you can't hop on a plane, this salad is the next best thing. Easy and colorful, courtesy of fresh mangoes, bananas and pineapple, this will brighten up any winter morning for sure!

    Read how on Babble

  • Romaine Salad with Radishes, Fennel and Grapefruit 8 of 13
    donuts dresses and dirt romaine salad with radishes fennel and grapefruit

    Boring salads no more! This simple — yet mouthwatering — salad is composed of crunchy romaine and topped with fresh, bracing fennel and radishes, sweet (and pretty!) pink grapefruit sections and fat curls of salty parmesan. Delicious!

    Read how at Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

  • Winter Salad with Apples and Dried Cherries 9 of 13
    donuts dresses and dirt winter salad with cherries and apples

    Crisp apple slices, crunchy walnuts and sweet-tart dried cherries dress up ho-hum green salad!

    Read how at Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

  • Winter Citrus "Carpaccio" 10 of 13
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    "Carpaccio" typically refers to paper-thin slices of raw beef. I love this clever take, using layers of gorgeous citrus slices. Thinly sliced jalapenos add even more color and a gentle heat.

    Read how at Cooking on the Weekends

  • Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples 11 of 13
    karens kitchen stories cabbage salad with braeburn apples

    Slaw is not just for summer! This sweet/savory version is filled with colorful cabbage, apples and dried cherries for a winter version of this warm-weather staple!

    Read how at Karen's Kitchen Stories

  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Grapefruit Salad 12 of 13
    seasonal and savory shaved brussels sprouts and grapefruit salad

    Raw, shaved Brussels sprouts (one of my very favorites) pair up with fresh grapefruit segments in this delectable salad. All you need add is a little olive oil, salt and some crunchy pecans!

    Read how at Seasonal and Savory

  • Parsley Orange Salad 13 of 13
    babble parsley and orange salad

    Inject a healthy dose of sunshine into those dark winter days, with this simple, refreshing salad — composed of little more than fresh oranges (and their juices), parsley and shallots.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Brooklyn Supper

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