Summer may be over…but your salad obsession doesn’t have to be. Make way for wilted greens, roasted winter veggies and melted cheese. Some of these are so good, they might earn a permanent spot in your menu repertoire all year round.
17 warm winter salads for cold winter nights
Warm Chicken Salad with Chili and SpinachCan’t cook a chicken breast perfectly? This recipe is for you. The bloggers at Food Manna share their secret tip to keeping the breast silky and succulent and then pair it with aromatics like garlic and chili and fresh veggies. Win-win for the winter, really.
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Freekeh with Brussels Sprouts, Apple, Dried Cranberries and PomegranateDon’t let the thought of freekeh freak you out. It’s just young green wheat that cooks like rice and is a great base for salads. Tossed with holiday favourites like Brussels sprouts, cranberries and pomegranate, this recipe has festive feast written all over it.
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Warm Winter Lentil SaladYou’ll never have to worry about getting enough protein from a salad ever again. A French fave, puy lentils form the heart of this salad that’s dressed in a simple mustard-honey-vinegar vinaigrette. Since lentils are hardy, it makes a great portable potluck dish.
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Simple Pasta SaladThis is a summer pasta salad recipe. However, blogger Alexandra at Alexandra’s Kitchen promises it tastes just as great warm when the cheese melts into the just-boiled pasta shells. We concur.
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Winter Caprese and Beet Noodle PastaIf you’re on the fence about buying a spiralizer, this recipe will help make your decision. Just imagine warm beetroot noodles topped with fresh mozzarella and roasted tomatoes…sigh. And you can eat a whole bowl and not feel guilty after!
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Nam Sod Lettuce Wraps SaladDo not, and we repeat, do not omit the fish sauce and lime, lest you want to compromise on the authentic Thai flavour. The ginger-garlic-chili ground pork can be tucked into lettuce leaves or served over lettuce and veggies in a bowl. Hint: Recipe creator Sommer Collier says it tastes even better the next day.
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Warm Quinoa Salad with Grilled Halloumi and Parsley DressingGrilled cheese? Yes, please! The salty Halloumi holds its structural integrity when heated and pairs perfectly with the parsley-lemon dressing. We recommend grilling an extra batch of cheese because you’re going to be eating it straight out of the pan.
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Dr Feel Good Winter SaladWe’re loving the name of this recipe. The fact that it happens to be a happy medley of roasted veggies, like beets and pumpkin, tossed in a cilantro-basil pesto is just a bonus. A delicious bonus. Thank you New Zelander and blogger, Sarah Tuck.
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Warm Buckwheat and Broccoli Spicy SaladTalk about a crowd-pleaser salad! This recipe will sit well with all your guests, even the vegan and gluten-free ones. We love the cheeky pink blush the grains of buckwheat take on from the beets. What’s even better is the tamari-tahini sauce. Yum!
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Roasted Root Vegetables SaladLove Indian food? We certainly do. That’s why we’re smitten with this three-part recipe: roasted root vegetables, a curry-spiced granola topping and a cilantro dressing that tastes like traditional green Indian chutney. Layer them together for a salad with some real Bollywood oomph.
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Warm Spinach Mushroom Wheat Berry SaladThe simplicity of this salad isn’t lost on us. We like simple and easy. That’s why we included it in this round-up. Zucchini, spinach, green scallions and basil add a fresh emerald hue, which is a pleasure to eyes, as much as the taste buds. Eat up!
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Winter Vegetable SaladThe truth is this salad tastes better if left overnight for the flavours to meld. But since this slideshow is about warm and comforting, we’re taking bloggers Jack and Martha’s advice and serving it as soon as the veggies are done cooking.
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Winter Potato Salad with QuinoaPotato salad = summer, right? No need for arguing with blogger Jodi at What’s Cooking Food Looking about that. When the winter is starting to feel just too long and dreary, whip out this recipe to remind yourself that it will eventually warm up…eventually.
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Warm Balsamic and Kale SaladThe kale revolution isn’t over yet. And this recipe from Pinch of Yum blogger Lindsay makes us kind of glad it isn’t. Sautéed in butter and balsamic along with peppers, mushrooms and onions, it makes a great meal itself or can be bulked up with chicken or salmon.
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Roasted Winter Squash Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine NutsThis recipe makes us want to throw a dinner party, STAT! Just look how pretty those little squash boats look cradling the salad leaves, goat cheese and pine nuts. Did we mention the port wine vinegar dressing? Now you’re drooling, aren’t you?
GET THE RECIPE HEREGourmande in the Kitchen
Warm Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa SaladWho can resist the sweet combination of butternut squash and dried cranberries? This kid-friendly recipe will have the little ones asking for seconds thanks to the bright colours and honey-spiked dressing. It makes a handsome table centerpiece as well!
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Warm Chickpea and Artichoke SaladWe conclude on a Mediterranean note with flavours of lemon, garlic and parsley adding their aromatic touch to this salad. Warm, caramelized chickpeas and artichoke hearts sop up all the dressing for a refreshing meal that’s light on effort but heavy on taste.
GET THE RECIPE HERERicki Heller