Fresh Winter Salads

Spinach Salad with Indian-Spiced Garbanzos, Apricots, and Onions
Salads aren't just for summer! Each of these winter salad recipes features seasonal ingredients, can be made in less than 50 minutes, and contains fewer than 450 calories per serving. These fast and fresh vegetable recipes are satisfying, healthful, and hearty enough to be served as a main course.

Grilled Steak Salad with Fresh Horseradish Dressing

Use your grill pan to make this entree salad indoors during winter. Grab whatever greens look freshest at the supermarket to use as the bed for the beef and creamy homemade horseradish dressing.

Eggs and Wilted Spinach Salad

You need just seven ingredients to mix up this spinach, apple, and egg salad. Whether you enjoy it for breakfast or dinner, this well-balanced winter salad doesn't require any additions to make it a meal.

Grilled Pork and Veggie Salad

Pin this recipe to make all year long! In winter, it comes together under the broiler, and in summer you can prep it on the grill. It's so delicious and easy (we're talking 30 minutes) that we wouldn't mind eating it for dinner every week.

Persimmon, Blood Orange, and Pomegranate Salad

Fuyu persimmons and blood oranges add fruity flavor and bright color to this sweet salad, while toasted pine nuts add a nutty kick to the accompanying creamy vinaigrette.

Power Kale Salad

Kale is most available—and most delicious—at the chilliest points of the year. Take advantage of that fact, plus in-season citrus and pears, to build this superfood-loaded salad. Baked chicken and a bit of cheese strengthen each serving with 35 grams of protein.

Winter Bulgur Salad with Olive Dressing

Make the most of carbs by blending your favorite whole grain (here, bulgur) one-to-one with riced cauliflower (in season beginning late fall). While this 361-calorie power bowl could be a meal as is, add a handful of leftover grilled chicken, steak, or salmon to add protein.

Flank Steak and Plum Salad with Creamy Chimichurri Dressing

Grilled flank steak turns a plate of leafy greens into a satisfying winter meal. A homemade dressing of light mayo, Greek yogurt, garlic, and fresh herbs creates a creamy yet calorie-conscious combo.

Citrus Salad with Poached Cod

Limes, oranges, and winter greens are the fresh winter ingredients that act as a tasty base for the flaky citrus-poached cod in this light salad. At 314 calories and loaded with healthy fats and plenty of protein, this speedy seafood salad will keep you satisfied for hours.

Honey-Soaked Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Cashews

Nutrient-packed quinoa adds a healthy dose of protein to this salad of butterhead lettuce, dark cherries, apricots, cashews, and red onion. You can also sub couscous or Israeli couscous for the quinoa.

Southwest Kale Salad with Pepitas

Kale, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries give this fresh and colorful salad recipe a hint of holiday flair. Don't save it for special occasions, though—it takes just a half hour to toss together when you start with leftover chicken or turkey.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Green Onion Vinaigrette

Thinly sliced raw Brussels sprouts are the base of this unique winter salad. To save time, you can use 10 cups of shredded napa cabbage in place of the sprouts.

Tip: To trim Brussels sprouts, cut off the stems just at the spot where the leaves start to grow. Remove dark green outer leaves until the tender, light green leaves are uniformly exposed.

Turkey, Pear, and Cheese Salad

Skillet-browned turkey tenderloins are topped with slices of pear and provolone cheese, then served atop a bed of arugula for a hearty winter salad.

Greens and Barley Salad

Mix up your greens to mix up the nutrients in this vegetable and whole grain salad. Cauliflower, carrots, and hearty greens are all available even in the coldest season. Top each serving with chicken, pork, or tofu if you’re feeling hungry.

Shredded Swiss Chard Salad

This simple 20-minute salad is packed with flavor, thanks to a homemade vinaigrette of oil, vinegar, garlic, and chile pepper. Add a small handful of roasted almonds or a grilled chicken breast to boost protein.

Spinach Salad with Indian-Spiced Garbanzos, Apricots, and Onions

Warm garbanzo beans cooked in a mixture of Indian spices are the star of this so-easy spinach salad, which can be served with toasted pappadams (an Indian flatbread available in Indian markets or the Indian section of your supermarket), if desired.

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