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 , 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 , Anna Monette Roberts
Gorgonzola, Pear, and Pancetta Salad
Creamy gorgonzola, sweet pear, and salty pancetta  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  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  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 !
Quinoa Cabbage Salad
There are many variations of cabbage available during Winter, so pick your favorite and whip up this citrusy salad .
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 .
Quinoa, Pomegranate, and Arugula Salad
Pomegranates are the perfect Winter fruit, and this seasonal salad recipe  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 ."
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 ?
Mason Jar Brussels Sprouts Salad
This simple mason jar salad  is made with plenty of seasonal ingredients, such as brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and pomegranate seeds.