10 Winter Salads You'll Actually Want to Eat

Get in your greens without falling into a healthy-eating rut with these 10 delicious winter salads.

Salads are the poster child for healthy eating, but with blizzards on the horizon and temps hovering around freezing on the regular they're probably not something you crave. Especially when they're nothing more than an uninspired plate of leafy greens — boring. Seasonal veg, hearty grains and inspired vinaigrettes go a long way in bringing new life to this old standby and may even spark a little excitement about getting your 5-a-day in.


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1. Toasted Farro Salad with Roasted Leeks and Root Vegetables//Elizabeth Stark: Toasted farro, browned leeks, roasted root vegetables and citrusy farmer's cheese combine for a hearty salad that hits the spot whether served warm or cold. It holds up well in fridge too, making it a great grab-and-go lunch option during the week. (Photo via Food52)


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2. Harvest Cranberry, Persimmon and Burrata Salad//Half Baked Harvest: Consider this winter's answer to caprese salad and your new favorite pre-dinner dish. Persimmons and citrus offer just the right amount of sweetness, while fresh burrata, pepitas and candied walnuts bring balance with their savory, slightly salty flavor. Never tried persimmons? This is the perfect introduction. (Photo via Half Baked Harvest)


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3. Pink Quinoa Salad With Beets, Blood Orange and Chimichurri//Dolly and Oatmeal: Quinoa with a kick — chimichurri takes bright citrus, earthy beets and quinoa to the next level. (Photo via Dolly and Oatmeal)


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4. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad With Apples and Walnuts//Back to Her Roots: Brussels sprouts get a bad rap, but this salad is about to change all that. Besides getting a decent dose of fresh, seasonal veg (read: no need to drop serious cash on out-of-season produce), the mustard maple vinaigrette is it. (Photo via Back to Her Roots)


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5. Detox Winter Salad//Vegetarian 'Ventures: If you're looking for a salad that will actually keep you full, this is it. Jam-packed with good-for-you ingredients like kale, apples, squash and wheatberries, your guaranteed both an immunity and fiber boost — perfect for kicking colds and hunger to the curb. (Photo via Vegetarian 'Ventures)


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6. Fennel Apple Salad//Teaspoon Living: Not sure to do with the fennel that keeps popping up in your CSA? This right here. Thinly cut apples and fennel dressed to the nines with lemon, walnuts and dried berries perfectly balance out heavier dishes. (Photo via Teaspoon Living)


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7. Lentil Salad With Caramelized Pears and Blue Cheese//Del's Cooking Twist: Honey balsamic caramelized pears and hazelnuts — need we say more? Whip out this recipe at your next dinner party if you're looking to impress. (Photo via Del's Cooking Twist)


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8. Winter Kale Salad With Brown Butter Vinaigrette//Natural Comfort Kitchen: This isn't your average kale salad. Roasted garbanzo beans and a to-die-for brown butter vinaigrette transform kale into your new good-for-you ingredient. (Photo via Natural Comfort Kitchen)


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9. Rainbow Chard and Wild Rice Salad With Blood Orange Vinaigrette//Elizabeth Stark: Switch things up by swapping out kale for under-appreciated Swiss or rainbow chard. It delivers just as much in the nutrient department, but has a more subtle flavor that plays nicely in a variety of dishes. Here the year-round leafy green gets a wintry update with blood oranges, wild rice and a stunning shallot dressing. (Photo via Food52)


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10. Roasted Beet Salad With Goat Cheese and Smoky Orange Vinaigrette//Talia Bunting: The unique fusion of tart, earthy and smoky flavors make this one salad you won't want to miss. (Photo via Talia Bunting)


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