With the holidays over, I think we can all agree it’s time to eat a little salad. A hearty salad with mildly spiced greens, creamy avocado, and fresh fruit can be the perfect lunch or a knockout side dish at dinner. But things don’t need to be complicated. In fact, the best salads are those that come together simply, making the most of the season’s flavors. And though winter isn’t known for its bounty, there are still lots of fresh staples with plenty of color, crunch, and flavor.
Head to the slideshow below for some easy ideas for a great winter salad, and then get to work on your own easy, fresh creation by scrolling to the recipe!
The Perfect Winter Salad, Simplified 1 of 9
Click through for simple tips for a fresh and delicious wintertime salad!
Keep Things Easy 2 of 9
A great salad can be as simple as good lettuce and a nice vinaigrette, but it's even tastier when you add crunchy, sweet, salty, or creamy elements. Happily, this simple winter salad has it all!
Great Greens 3 of 9
Mixed greens make a wonderful base for just about any salad. Sample a variety of options and then stick with your favorites —— mixed greens have a delicate texture and a mild flavor, baby spinach is nutrient-dense with a little more bite, and arugula is subtly spiced.
Avocados 4 of 9
Perfectly ripe Haas avocados are readily available in markets right now and make an excellent addition to all kinds of salads.
Apples and Pears 5 of 9
Winter is a great time to enjoy heartier fruits like apples or pears. These robust fruits bring a crisp, clean sweetness to any salad.
A Little Cheese 6 of 9
Cheese can bring big flavor and a hint of creaminess to your salad. Here, crumbled Asiago slices lends sophistication.
Toasted Pepitas 7 of 9
These pantry staples are my secret weapon. Lightly toasted and sprinkled with sea salt, pepitas bring deliciously salty pops of crunch.
Classic Vinaigrette 8 of 9
A fantastic vinaigrette is as simple as extra virgin olive oil, balsamic, and a hint of Dijon.
Serve It Up! 9 of 9
Layer the leaves, fruit, and avocado in a large bowl and then drizzle with several tablespoons of vinaigrette. Gently toss the salad with your hands.
Simple Winter Salad Recipe
1 package baby greens
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 pear, cored and sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced Asiago cheese
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup raw pepitas
Rinse and dry the greens, and arrange in a medium-sized bowl. Tuck the sliced avocado and fruit into the leaves.
Whisk the balsamic, 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, and Dijon into 2 tablespoons olive oil. Set aside while you toast the pepitas.
To toast the pepitas, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pepitas and toast, stirring frequently, until the seeds are lightly browned and just starting to pop. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon sea salt.
Toss toasted seeds over the salad, finish with another drizzle of vinaigrette, and serve.