If you think “salad days” only come around in the summer, think again! You can still find enough fresh produce in winter to make interesting salads right through to spring.
- Kale — You know we love kale around here, and it can be the basis for many marvelous salads, like this kale apple slaw with poppyseed dressing.
- Apples — A classic combo with kale (see above), apples also go great with citrus and beets, avocados, and walnuts in a classic Waldorf salad.
- Brussels Sprouts — Thinly shaved, these sprouts make a wonderful slaw or basis for a salad. They have a milder flavor than cabbage, with a fresh tang.
- Pears — Paired (get it?) with spinach and Roquefort, pears are a classic addition to a winter salad.
- Cranberries — Fresh or dried, in the dressing or in the salad itself, cranberries add a wonderful sweet and sour note to salads of all kinds, like this broccoli cranberry salad.
- Broccoli — Speaking of broccoli, it shouldn’t be relegated to the crudite plate. Raw or lightly steamed it makes a hearty addition to salads.
- Fennel — This lovely veggie with a slight liquorice flavor is a flavorful addition to green salads or a cruncy base for slaws all on its own. It pairs beautifully with oranges or apples.
- Citrus — In all they’re glorious jewel-toned hues, citrus fruits are the gems of winter salads. Try a grapefruit and avocado salad.
- Beets — Beautiful beets give salads some serious heft. Whether roasted plain or pickled, beets bring sophistication of flavor to any plate.
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