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10 Satisfying Winter Salad Recipes

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Winter is here and its time to cook up these 10 Satisfying Winter Salad Recipes! Trust me, winter is when salads will help you the most as they ensure that extra calories that usually creep in during this season are kept at bay. You will definitely love experimenting with these salads and who knows, you might come up with your own innoative variations and a few more addictive winter salads. Go ahead and try the following winter salads and serve them as main dishes, appetizers, side dishes or even snacks!

  1. Winter Waldorf Salad - This winter Waldorf Salad has a delicious and filling serving of diced, unpeeled apples, celery, grapes and raisins and of course walnuts. It is dressed with the ever famous Waldorf dressing which has mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, lemon rind, lemon juice, ginger and salt. You can also garnish this salad with pomegranate seeds to make it more colorful.


  2. Roasted Vegetable Salad – This is a delicious salad that includes 4 cups of roasted veggie chunks including pumpkin, fennel, parsnips and celeriac. Then you can dress the roasted vegetables with one third of dressing made from 4 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon mustard and 1 crushed garlic clove. Give the salad some standing time and then add a cup of pitted olives, 1 sliced small red onion, and the rest of the dressing. Your salad is done!

  3. Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner’s Shrimp, Grapefruit, and Avocado Salad. This is one of those salads I came across by accident and couldn’t help trying at home. Though it may sound a little complicated this delicious recipe is extremely easy to prepare and is perfect for your parties. A delicious Asian salad, it includes fish sauce, lime, grapefruit and mint.

  4. Winter Chicken Salad -  A delicious protein rich salad that is a perfect finishing touch to your cold winter nights. To make this dish, mix diced chicken breasts with carrots, celery, onion, water, chicken broth or bouillon cube and salt in a deep pan and cook until chicken is tender. Drain off the broth and use it for a soup. Dress the chicken with a salad dressing of your choice and serve with some potato chips!! There is no doubt that this winter salad is going to be satisfying, is there?

  5. Bob Sloan’s Japanese Beef Salad – This is my favorite beef salad and can be served as an appetizer or side dish for your parties. An awesome winter salad, it is made from thin slices of broiled flank steak tossed with broccoli florets, green beans and bell pepper. It is then dressed with a salad dressing made form sesame, soy, ginger and garlic. The tantalizing flavor of this delicious salad is sure to light up your dull winter days. You can prepare this salad a day earlier and refrigerate it in a dish sealed with plastic wrap.

  6. Lamb and Pumpkin Salad – Protein from lamb and the goodness of vegetables, what more can you ask from a winter salad? To make this iron rich salad; roast a cup of diced and precooked pumpkin in the microwave. Meanwhile, sear delicious lean lamb  in a frying pan and let it rest in olive oil. Slice the lamb and mix in the prepared pumpkin. Add cubed feta cheese along with diced tomatos, red bell peppers and cucumber. You can also enhance the flavors with some balsamic vinaigrette.

  7. Winter Bread Salad - This is a simple winter salad made with shredded radicchio (like for a slaw), combined with pepperoncini, bread, onion, and olives. The dressing is made by mixing garlic, oregano, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Enjoy as a snack or a simple appetizer.

  8. Padma Lakshmi’s PondicherryLentil Salad - Padma Lakshmi brings to this nutritious salad a myriad of flavors and textures that is sure to bowl you over. Small dark lentils called beluja, apple, jalapeño, lemon, sesame, ginger and coconut are just few of the ingredients of this delicious recipe. Click on the name and try it!

  9. Winter Salad With Ripe Pears & Toasted Pecans -  This winter salad will definitely surprise you with its ingredients and filling nature. It is composed of radicchio, endive,  arugula and pear wedges that have been coated with a delicious dressing made from vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and olive oil. Oh, and don’t forget the Parmesan cheese. The flavor of the pears is enough to get you addicted to this salad.

  10. Sarah Leah-Chase’s Warm Mushroom and Arugula Salad – You wouldn’t want to miss this warm winter salad which brings to you absolute gustatory satisfaction. Sauté woodsy mushrooms and mix with anchovies, olives, and dress with a splash of balsamic vinegar and lemon. The final finishing touch is the addition of peppery arugula and crumbled blue cheese.

Here are a few more interesting Winter Salad recipes that you can try at home.

Tips and Warnings

Always wash your greens thoroughly.

Your winter greens like kale, cabbage and swiss chard might need to be softened. You can marinate them in your salad dressing. Remember that the greens will shrink in size after being marinated. Ensure that you remove the stems of the kale and swiss chard before using them in your salads.

Always try and dress your greens and veggies for a hearty, satisfying winter salad! It helps to brighten your winter dinner spread.

Finally, experiment, experiment and experiment!!


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10 Satisfying Winter Salad Recipes