Whenever fall rolls around, I'm so excited to eat toasty, hot food again, and go all in with soups or pretty much anything that comes out of an oven. Salads go by the wayside until winter approaches when I'm a little more willing to branch out a bit--not to mention that I am in serious need of some lighter fare due to all the holiday feasting. That said, I don't want the light, crisp salads of summer and spring. I want the colors to be warm and the ingredients to be filling and comforting.

These six winter salad recipes that utilize ingredients regularly found in the cooler months--think pomegranate, yams and Brussels Sprouts--fit the bill, and then some. Serve these up as sides, or use the "make it a meal" tips to make them main dish-worthy.

Winter Pomegranate Slaw

Pomegranate salad

Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Hazelnuts and Cranberries

Roquefort Pear Salad

Recipe contributor Michelle Krzmarzick calls this "the best salad I've ever eaten and I make it all the time. It is tangy from the blue cheese, fruity from the pears, and crunchy from the caramelized pecans. The mustard vinaigrette pulls it all together."

Make it a meal: Toss with cubed pork.

"This is a delicious and easy salad which takes little time and is a great meatless main course," says Allrecipes recipe contributor Donna. "It uses beets, goat cheese, candied walnuts and baby greens."

Make it a meal: While Donna recommends you add chicken, we think this is a great main as-is--just eat more of it!

Glazed Walnut, Orange, Avocado and Blue Cheese Salad

Roasted Yam and Kale Salad

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