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Fresh Winter Salad Recipes

fresh winter salad recipes

Missing those vibrant summer salads? Winter greens are in season now and they add brightness to any meal, so banish flavorless tomatoes from your table and embrace the fabulous greens winter has to offer: escarole, frisée, radicchio, and endive. Add fruit, nuts, or cheese, and you've got one stunning salad.


Endive & Apple Salad with Warm Goat Cheese

Crisp and somewhat bitter when raw, Belgian endive develops a mellow, slightly nutty flavor when cooked. Pair it with sautéed apples, rounds of hazelnut-coated goat cheese, and a sweet-tart dressing for a salad that’s sure to become a weeknight favorite.

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Frisée, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad

It’s best to layer this elegant salad, so the avocado and grapefruit don’t weigh down the delicate greens. If you like, you can mix a handful of arugula or thinly sliced radicchio with the frisée.

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Quinoa & Avocado Salad with Dried Fruit & Toasted Almonds

Besides its attractive maroon color, red quinoa has a slightly deeper, nuttier flavor than white quinoa. Both, however, are excellent in this bright, lemony salad.

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White Asparagus, Parsley, and Cranberry Salad

Traditionally a springtime treat in Europe, white asparagus is less bitter and more tender than green asparagus. It's becoming increasingly available year-round in the United States and we recommend trying it raw in this festive-looking, simple salad.

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Winter Salad with Spiced Maple Vinaigrette

This salad combines favorite cold-weather flavors: maple, warming spices like clove and allspice, earthy root vegetables, and sharp Cheddar. Cabot Clothbound, an English-style Cheddar made in Vermont, is particularly good here.

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Endive & Watercress Salad with Apples & Herbs

In this refreshing salad, cool, crisp endive and apple pair well with peppery watercress and tangy lemon-shallot dressing. Fresh chervil, parsley, tarragon, and chives—a classic French herb mixture known as fines herbes—add extra brightness.

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Celery Root, Celery Heart & Celery Leaf Salad

This salad is for the celery lover, as it uses the root, heart, and leaves. It’s a study in contrasts and colors, with textural crunch from the sliced celery heart and matchstick-cut root playing against the delicate tender leaves

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Endive, Walnut & Grape Salad

This bright, fresh salad is a wonderful contrast to the other rich dishes in the Nordic Christmas Feast menu, but you don't have to wait for a holiday to make it.

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Blood Orange & Radicchio Salad with Hazelnuts & Shaved Parmigiano

This beautiful salad is bursting with flavors: sweet blood oranges, crisp, bitter radicchio, and rich, savory Parmigiano.

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Shaved Fennel Salad with Toasted Almonds, Lemon & Mint

This salad is a refreshing way to start a meal. It's also nice garnished with a sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano (shaved, of course).

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Radicchio & Cauliflower Salad with Toasted Breadcrumbs

The mildness of cauliflower in this salad balances radicchio’s assertive, bitter flavor.

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Fennel & Orange Salad with Red Onion & Olives

This popular Sicilian salad is made with blood oranges when they are in season, but navel oranges work just as well.

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Green Salad with Pears, Prosciutto & Avocado

Winter salads don’t get much easier or more lovely than this one, which is dressed with a simple lemony vinaigrette.

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Spicy Carrot Ribbon Salad

Crushed red pepper gives this pretty carrot salad some heat, while coriander seeds and fresh parsley add a slight Middle Eastern flavor.

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Endive, Apple & Walnut Salad with Roquefort

Raw endives works beautifully in salads and it’s mellow flavor is a natural here, paired with Braeburn or red delicious apples, nuts, and cheese.

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Arugula, Carrot & Celery Root Salad with Almonds

This salad has everything going for it—spicy arugula, sweet grated carrots and celery root, crunchy almonds—all topped off with a vibrant honey-mustard vinaigrette.

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Escarole Salad with Olives & Garlic Croutons

With its garlicky greens, crunchy croutons, and salty anchovies, this salad is reminiscent of a classic Caesar salad but without the creaminess.

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Arugula Salad with Blood Oranges, Fennel & Ricotta Salata

It’s the blood oranges that make this salad stunning, but If you can’t find them, substitute a mix of pink grapefruit and orange sections.

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Quinoa Salad with Apples, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries & Gouda

With its dried fruit, walnuts, and apples, this sweet-and-savory dish is reminiscent of a Waldorf salad. It’s a great meat-free lunch or side dish for dinner.

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Escarole with Green Apple, Celery Root, Toasted Pecans & Blue Cheese

Winter salads like this one refreshingly lack the predictable ingredients found at other times of the year.

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Orange, Avocado & Mâche Salad

This salad is what light and bright is all about. Mâche is a delicate sweet lettuce that blends perfectly with the acidic navel orange and mellow avocado.

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Arugula & Radicchio Salad with Ruby Grapefruit & Toasted Almonds

This salad doesn’t just look festive, it’s a healthy way to start your holiday or any special occasion meal.

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