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!
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.