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10 Fresh Winter Salads to Fight Holiday Meal Madness

Jan 11 2015 - 3:10am

With Winter comes the holidays, and with the holidays come hearty, massive meals. If you're seeking a break from the heavy chilies, smoked meats, and abundant desserts of the season, try a salad. By choosing to prepare dishes with Winter produce [1], you get to enjoy ingredients like kale, squash, and pomegranates at their seasonal (and nutritional) peak. This roundup of our favorite Winter salad recipes includes the freshest cold-weather fruits and vegetables available, so you won't be sacrificing flavor by choosing salad over heartier holiday meals.

Source: Nicole Perry, Cooking For Keeps [2], Anna Monette Roberts

Gorgonzola, Pear, and Pancetta Salad

Creamy gorgonzola, sweet pear, and salty pancetta [3] take this kale salad to a tasty new level. You'll definitely want to serve this dish at your Winter dinner parties!

Brussels Sprout, Kale, and Lentil Salad

This gloriously green salad [4] is so beautiful you may not want to eat it. (But trust us — you should!)

Winter Fruit Salad

Kiwi, grapefruit, oranges, and pomegranates all reach their peak during Winter, and this easy fruit salad [5] beautifully combines their unique flavors.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Citrus Salad

You won't find a better way to combine tangy kumquats with nutritious brussels sprouts than this colorful concoction [6]!

Quinoa Cabbage Salad

There are many variations of cabbage available during Winter, so pick your favorite and whip up this citrusy salad [7].

Spicy Sesame Carrot Salad

Carrots are most flavorful during the Winter, and they become even more vibrant in your palate when coated in a spicy sesame dressing [8].

Quinoa, Pomegranate, and Arugula Salad

Pomegranates are the perfect Winter fruit, and this seasonal salad recipe [9] includes generous portions of the tart seeds.

Christmas Quinoa Salad

With jewels of colorful fruit atop a bed of flavorful greens, it's not hard to see why this dish is dubbed "Christmas quinoa salad [10]."

Kale Caesar Salad

Caesar salads are typically prepared with romaine, but Winter is peak kale season. Why not try a seasonal twist on the classic caesar [11]?

Mason Jar Brussels Sprouts Salad

This simple mason jar salad [12] is made with plenty of seasonal ingredients, such as brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and pomegranate seeds.

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