What We’re Loving: Cold Weather Salads


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Just because the days are getting shorter and the climate cooler doesn’t mean we have to give up on refreshing bowls brimming with greens and veggies. Yes, salads are often synonymous with warmer weather. But what better way to stave off winter doldrums than by eating healthful bowls of vegetables? Forget what you think a salad “should” be — i.e. a mix of crunchy and cold veggies — and warm up your mix for winter.

This Delicata Squash with Roasted Potatoes and Pomegranate Seeds recipe reminds me of my sister’s boyfriend; a towering 6’7” chef with a soft spot for delicata squash (and for cuddling my Chihuahua…). He’s big and burly, but at the same time soft and sweet. This salad is the same, making it perfect for a cool weather meal. Fresh pomegranate seeds and light-as-air feta lend a delicate freshness, while roasted fingerlings and the bite of Dijon and arugula add heft and belly-filling satisfaction. {from The Year in Food}

This Grape & Fennel Tagliatelle with Tamari Toasted Seeds recipe may take a moment to wrap your head around, but once you do this smorgasbord of tastes and textures’ll blow you away. The season’s last zucchinis are transformed into pasta-like strands that mingle with juicy bursts of Concord grape, crisp sunflower seeds and smoky thyme. Pasta salad gone green. {from Earthsprout}

I love this Fall Vegetable Slaw with Hot + Sweet Ginger Dressing because as a slaw-lover and cabbage devotee I know that this mix gets better with time. Make it a day ahead and let the flavors spend a night getting to know each other. Then warm up with this salad’s spicy kicks of ginger and cayenne. {from The First Mess}

Oh the simplicity, oh the complex soul satisfying flavors. This Baby Spinach Salad with Dates and Almonds reads like an oxymoron. So simple to prepare yet so loaded with tastes that you may not comprehend how you made it from kitchen to dinner table so fast. Talk about a salad that will get you through every cold winter day. {from Lottie + Doof}

Yes, most salads tend to be “crispy,” but this Crispy Autumn Kale Salad is so much more. Think smoky, caramelized, melt in your mouth — words usually reserved for BBQ ribs, not tough wintergreens. This salad is hibernation inducing in the best way possible. {from How Sweet It Is}

All photos taken by and appear with permission from Elenore, Kimberley, Laura, Tim, and Jessica

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  • Heidi @foodiecrush

    Loving the roundup for salad, one of my favorite wintertime meals thanks to savory and rich flavors rather than standard cucumber and tomato.