Winter Salad Recipes

Hearty concoctions of cool season vegetables, winter salads are something to look forward to. Browse recipes for warm salads, spinach salads, and salads that make beets, cabbage, apples, and pears shine.

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Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Rating: 5 stars 291
This salad brings together ingredients that really enhance each other, and the dressing packs a perfect punch with maple syrup, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar. It's a favorite in my family!

Cranberry, Glazed Walnut, Orange, Avocado, and Blue Cheese Salad

Rating: 5 stars 50
I first made this salad for my family's Thanksgiving dinner several years ago as a starter, and it was a big hit. This recipe was inspired after I had some pear and walnut salad at a restaurant. Since I'm a busy professional woman and don't have lots of time to cook, I wanted to make something quick and easy, yet tasty, using premade ingredients you can find at regular grocery stores.

Roquefort Pear Salad

Rating: 5 stars 2086
This is 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.

Russian Beet Salad with Herring

Rating: 4.5 stars 32
This salad is commonly known in Russia as a 'Herring under the Winter Coat Salad.' It is a must for every Russian holiday, however, you have to have a taste for herring and beets. Every Russian craves this salad, but my American hubby doesn't care for it. I use a clear bowl for this salad so that you could see all ingredients in it.

Curried Cashew, Pear, and Grape Salad

Rating: 5 stars 343
Whenever I make this salad for guests, I'm always asked for the recipe and my family always requests this. We call it 'The Good Salad.'

Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Rating: 5 stars 850
Wonderful salad for the holiday seasons. Great to serve for dinner at home or to take to a family gathering during the holidays.

Grandma's Five Cup Salad

Rating: 5 stars 157
My Grandmother made this every year for Christmas when I was a kid.

Cranberry Waldorf with Yogurt

Rating: 4.5 stars 108
This is a very low-fat, low-calorie salad. I make it all year long, but it is especially great for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Just freeze a few bags of cranberries to use at a later date. I know this will become a tradition to anyone who tries it, it's delicious! Originally submitted to
By Thea

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 550
A delicious beet salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts, and balsamic dressing.
By Donna

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon-Mustard Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 329
A classic steakhouse-style spinach salad with the absolute best warm bacon-mustard dressing I've ever had! Looks and tastes like a lot of work, but can be prepared in no time! This salad can easily be converted to a main dish salad by adding strips of grilled chicken breast.

Japanese-Style Cabbage Salad

Rating: 4 stars 60
This fabulous salad recipe is comparable to what is served in Japanese restaurants. It's vegan and tastes great! It goes well with traditional Japanese foods and also with American foods instead of coleslaw.

Red Cabbage Salad II

Rating: 4.5 stars 112
I used to get this salad at my Grandmothers favorite restaurant. The longer it sits the better it gets.

Inspiration and Ideas

22 Simple Fall and Winter Salads
If there's a season, there's a salad! Even in the peak of comfort food months, with the right ingredients, a leafy green salad is just as satisfying.
10 Hearty Fall and Winter Salads That Could Double as Main Dishes
When the weather turns toward autumn and winter, the crisp, light salads of summer tend to go by the wayside in favor of more substantial fall and winter salads that incorporate seasonal produce like butternut squash, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and more.
Sauerkraut Salad
Rating: 4.5 stars 108

Great-Grandma Maida Dixon made this salad for family gatherings. I think of her every time I make. It's sooo good. It needs to be placed in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to meld. It really is worth the wait.