Winter Salad Recipes

Salads can be hearty and filling, and depending on the goodies you mix in, perfect for any season! These winter salad recipes are delicious main dishes, or perfect pairings.

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A collage of winter salad ideas

WE love them all winter

During the Winter, salads are not typically at the top of menu ideas. However, they can be quite hearty and filling alone or great to balance out heavier hot dishes. With so many flavor variations, there’s plenty to keep it interesting and yummy!

What ingredients are in season for a winter salad? Whether you want to create a tart Citrus Salad, a savory Roast Butternut Squash Salad, a healthy Kale Salad or simply easily build your own unique salad using produce that is in season is not only cost effective but adds vitamins, antioxidants and fiber to your diet.

Top it with delicious cheeses and healthy proteins they’ll not only hit the spot, but also give you all the nutrition your body needs. Some of my favorite winter produce and cheeses include:

Leafy Greens: Arugula, Kale, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, Red Cabbage and even Baby Spinach

Fruits: Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Pears, Pumpkin, Apples, Cranberries, Raisins, Pomegranates, Pineapple, Persimmons, Kiwi, Bananas, Dates, Dried Cranberries, Pomegranate Seeds

Vegetables: Onions, Broccoli, Beets, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Green or Red Onion, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger, Leek, Parsnips, potatoes, Turnips, Rutabagas, Radish, Roasted Sweet Potato

Cheeses: Goat Cheese, Feta Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese

Waldorf salad topped with dressing in a white bowl

Salad Proteins + Serving Tips

Adding protein to a salad is a great way to make it more nutritious and filling, especially when it is being used as a main dish. My family’s number one protein is grilled chicken, but there are so many other delicious additions to use such as: 

  • Grilled beef
  • Shrimp
  • Bacon bits
  • Black, kidney or white beans
  • Boiled eggs
  • Buffalo chicken
  • Chickpeas
  • Eggs
  • Pepitas
  • Main dish: plan to serve 2-2 ½  c green salad per person. Add protein for a heartier dish.
  • Side dish: plan to serve 1-2 c (2 ½ -5 oz) per person. Sides may or may not include a protein. 
Tortellini Salad - one of our favorite winter salad recipes.

Elements of a Great Winter Salad

  1. Greens: Mix and match 2-3 types of leafy greens.
  2. A bit sweet: This doesn’t mean sugary dressing, but use ingredients that are naturally sweeter like carrots and tomatoes.
  3. A bit savory: Proteins add a savory element to a salad as do boiled eggs and roasted vegetables.
  4. Crunch: Of course you can obtain this with the classic crouton, but it can also be provided by other ingredients like broccoli, seeds, nuts, and apples.
  5. Creamy texture from ingredients cheese and produce like avocado.
  6. Dressing: Whether you like to drench the salad or serve it on the side, dressing really does bring all the elements together. Some of our favorite recipes include:

Best Winter Salads

Southwest Salad – Simple and delicious Southwestern Chopped Salad filled with chicken, peppers, beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and topped with a homemade cilantro ranch dressing.

Chicken Caesar Salad – This Chicken Caesar Salad Is Jam Packed With Grilled Chicken, Croutons, Tomatoes, Bacon, Hard-Boiled Eggs, Parmesan Cheese And Tomatoes. It’s So Flavorful, You Won’t Believe How Simple It Is To Make!

Strawberry Harvest Salad – Strawberry Harvest Salad – tastes just like the salad at Zupa’s! It’s topped with apples, strawberries, chicken, candied pecans, cheese and a homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Salad – Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad is filled with buffalo seasoned chicken, crumbled blue cheese, and ranch. It’s your favorite wings in salad form!

Steak And Tortellini Salad – Delish Steak and Tortellini Salad is hearty and refreshing. Tortellini, sirloin & romaine in a creamy pesto dressing is a must-have!

Cobb Salad – This simple cobb salad is so full of tasty ingredients it’s a meal all on it’s own. It is quick to make and utterly delicious.

Chicken Taco Salad – Crunchy and fresh chicken taco salad is a weeknight dinner dream! Easy, flavorful, and a recipe that everyone will enjoy.

Layered Pasta Salad – A dish that is appealing to both your tastebuds and your eyes! This beautiful Layered Pasta Salad is filled with your favorite ingredients including pasta, chicken, peas, lettuce, celery, and more.

Asian Citrus Chicken Salad – Bright & Flavorful Asian Citrus Chicken Salad topped with crunchy wontons and a fruity vinaigrette is a family favorite!!

Waldorf Salad Recipe – Everyone Loves This Waldorf Salad That Is Filled With Grapes, Apples, Celery, Walnuts, Cheese And Chicken. Toss It In A Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing And This Salad Is Perfect For Any Lunch, Dinner Or Appetizer.

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing – A delicious salad with tomatoes, chicken, craisins, sunflower seeds and a delicious homemade lemon poppy seed dressing. The dressing only requires 4 ingredients and takes minutes to make!

Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad – This delicious Copycat Oriental Chicken Salad from Applebee’s is made with breaded chicken, cabbage, romaine, sliced almonds, and more tossed in a flavorful Asian dressing!

Taco Pasta Salad – Delicious Taco Pasta Salad filled with beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and more!!

Favorite Broccoli Salad – This Sunny Broccoli Salad is a simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.

Southwest Quinoa Salad – Southwest Quinoa Salad is bursting with freshness. It’s got a ton of texture going on and a whole lot of flavor!

Easy Tortellini Salad – Super YUMMY and easy Tortellini Salad filled with tortellini, salad, ranch, tomatoes and bacon bits – perfect for summer time!

7 Layer Salad – 7 Layers of Goodness in this delicious layered Salad. This recipe isn’t only delicious, but is easy to customize and is great to make ahead of time too!

Antipasto Salad – Antipasto Salad is filled with tomatoes, cheeses, cured meats, veggies and more and can be topped with your favorite dressing.

The Complete List

Here are the picture cards for ALL of the fantastic winter salads listed above.

Whether it’s to accompany a special meal, or serve as a meal on it’s own, you’re sure to find one of your new favorite salads on this list!

1 Southwest Salad Recipe

Salad Southwest Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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2 Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe

Salad Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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3 Steak and Tortellini Salad Recipe

Salad Steak and Tortellini Salad Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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4 Cobb Salad Recipe

Salad Cobb Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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5 Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

Salad Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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6 Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe

Salad Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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7 Waldorf Salad Recipe

Salad Waldorf Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 21 votes
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8 Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

Salad Chicken Taco Salad Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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9 Layered Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Layered Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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10 Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

Salad Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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11 Asian Citrus Chicken Salad Recipe

Salad Asian Citrus Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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12 Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe

Salad Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.92 from 45 votes
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13 Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad Taco Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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14 Broccoli Salad Recipe

Salad Broccoli Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
4.96 from 49 votes
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15 Southwest Quinoa Salad Recipe

Salad Southwest Quinoa Salad Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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16 Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe

Salad Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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17 7 Layer Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish 7 Layer Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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18 Antipasto Salad Recipe

Salad Antipasto Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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  1. I’ve tried a few of these salad recipes and loved them! I can see myself making these year around not just during the winter time.