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Garbanzo Bean Salad

This garbanzo bean salad is protein-packed and bursting with fresh flavors, perfect for a light lunch or side dish! Simple…

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This garbanzo bean salad is protein-packed and bursting with fresh flavors, perfect for a light lunch or side dish! Simple ingredients and a quick prep time make it an easy and healthy meal prep option.

Garbanzo bean salad

When you’ve been writing recipes and cookbooks as long us we have (over a decade), it can feel like everything has been done before. So when it comes to simple ideas like garbanzo bean salad, we know it’s not revolutionary. But this one is so quick and tasty, we had to share it with you! It’s perfect for lunches or as a side dish, packed with protein and filled with zingy, herby and fresh flavors. We know we never tire of easy lunch ideas, so bring it on!

What you need for garbanzo bean salad

A can of garbanzo beans can magically become a meal with a few fresh ingredients, since they’re packed with protein for staying power. We often eat garbanzo beans for lunch, and this salad is a riff on one Alex makes often. You’ll need just a few fresh ingredients to pull it together, and you can swap things in and out easily. Here’s an outline of what you’ll need (jump to the recipe below for quantities):

  • Garbanzo beans: Drain and rinse the beans before adding.
  • Bell pepper: We used two colors of bell peppers for visual appeal, but you can use just one if you prefer. Here’s a handy guide for how to cut a bell pepper quickly.
  • Shallot: Shallot is integral to the flavor here; we prefer the mild onion flavor to a red onion.
  • Italian parsley: Fresh parsley brings an herby punch; look for Italian parsley, though curly also works.
  • Parmesan or Pecorino cheese: Grated sharp cheese adds a nuance to the flavor.
  • White wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, dried tarragon, and salt: Mix these together to make a quick and simple dressing.
Garbanzo Bean Salad in bowl

Variations and additions

This garbanzo bean salad is more of a template, really: you can swap in any of your favorite herbs, seasonings, and whatever vegetables you have in your refrigerator. Use it as a way to get creative (and make the TV show Chopped come to life in your own kitchen). Try not to add too many vegetables or you’ll have to increase the amount of dressing. Here are a few additional options:

  • Carrot: Peeled and thinly sliced carrots can stand in for bell pepper or be an addition.
  • Cucumber: Cucumber adds a nice crunch. Add a bit of English cucumber or peeled and seeded standard cucumber.
  • Cherry tomatoes: A handful of sliced or quartered cherry tomatoes adds a nice addition.
  • Garlic: We add minced garlic to just about everything, and it’s great here.
  • Torn or chopped herbs: If they’re on hand, add fresh chives, basil, dill, oregano, or thyme.
  • Celery seed: A pinch of celery seed adds a bit of complexity.
  • Italian seasoning or Greek seasoningAdd just a pinch of these spices add a little boost.

Garbanzo bean salad storage

You can make garbanzo bean salad in advance if you’re using it for meal prep for lunches or dinners. It lasts refrigerated for up to 3 days. Keep in mind it’s best eaten at room temperature, so allow it to stand for a few minutes before serving. It also does dull in flavor over time, so refresh it with a pinch of salt and if desired, a drizzle of olive oil.

Garbanzo Bean Salad

Make it a meal

This garbanzo bean salad is perfect as a light lunch, served with a few sides. Here are a few great ways to serve this salad or make it a more filling meal:

  • Bread or crackers: Add a bit of crusty artisan bread (like this no knead loaf) or hearty crackers to serve as a lunch.
  • Add rice or quinoa. Cook a pot of white rice or quinoa in about 20 minutes.
  • Whip up couscous or orzo. For an even quicker side, couscous and orzo cook up in 10 minutes.
  • Make it into a bowl meal, and dollop with hummus or drizzle with sauce! A creamy sauce is nice if you have some hummus in the fridge, or our best tahini sauce is pretty fast.

And that’s it! Let us know if you try this garbanzo bean salad and what you think in the comments below.

More garbanzo bean recipes

Garbanzo beans are also known as chickpeas, and they’re a staple in our diet! If you’re trying to eat vegetarian and plant-based meals, these little guys are your friends. Here are a few of our top chickpea recipes for eating them in hearty meals:

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Garbanzo bean salad

Garbanzo Bean Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

This garbanzo bean salad is protein-packed and bursting with fresh flavors, perfect for a light lunch or side dish! Simple ingredients and a quick prep time make it an easy and healthy meal prep option.


Ingredients

  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans.
  2. Chop all vegetables as noted in the ingredients list above.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. If omitting cheese, add a few extra pinches of salt. Store for up to 3 days refrigerated; tastes best at room temperature and if desired, add a pinch of salt or drizzle of olive oil to taste before serving.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Vegetables
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Garbanzo bean salad

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Radicchio Salad

Try this vibrant radicchio salad, the perfect side dish! Sweet pears, crunchy almonds, tangy goat cheese, and a bright citrus…

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Try this vibrant radicchio salad, the perfect side dish! Sweet pears, crunchy almonds, tangy goat cheese, and a bright citrus vinaigrette dress up a colorful bed of greens.

Radicchio Salad

Move over kale: there’s a new salad green in town (or, a new purple?). As cookbook authors who’ve made over 60 salad recipes, it’s hard to impress us with something new. But this radicchio salad is a vibrant explosion of flavors and textures that will send your tastebuds into overdrive! Bitter bright purple radicchio leaves are balanced by the sweetness of ripe pears, the satisfying crunch of toasted almonds, the creamy tang of goat cheese, and a zesty citrus vinaigrette that ties it all together. This isn’t your average salad!

What is radicchio?

It’s hard to believe that in a decade of writing recipes, we’ve barely scratched the surface on this leafy green. Radicchio is a bitter green that’s a member of the chicory family, known for its striking purple color and bitter flavor. It forms compact heads with deep red or maroon leaves that have contrasting white veins.

Radicchio’s bitterness comes from a compound called intybin, which mellows when cooking. Much like other bitter vegetables like Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, when it’s grilled, roasted, or braised, radicchio has a sweeter, more nuanced flavor profile. You might find charred radicchio on a restaurant menu, and the vegetable is common in Italian cuisine.

Radicchio

Ingredients for radicchio salad

Working with this ingredient in the past (in this endive salad, for example), we noticed one overriding characteristic: radicchio tastes bitter. To balance out the bitterness, we’ve prefer not to have an entire salad of the purple leaves: it’s much too strong. Instead, balance radicchio with other greens, like butter lettuce, baby arugula, mizuna, or other mild greens. Adding fruit like pears or apples also helps to balance with sweetness, and strong cheeses pair well too.

Here are the ingredients for this radicchio salad:

  • Radicchio
  • Butter lettuce, baby arugula, baby mizuna: You can use any type of mild green. We like the texture of baby arugula or baby mizuna, which is a green similar to arugula but not as peppery. Avoid mature arugula as it is much too spicy.
  • Pear: Use a ripe pear or substitute a green or red apple.
  • Shallot: The mild flavor of shallot pairs well here. Red onion works too.
  • Almonds: Making toasted almonds brings out their nutty flavor, or for a fancy salad use pine nuts.
  • Cheese: Goat cheese crumbles, feta, or gorgonzola cheese work well (we like goat cheese best). For a vegan salad, omit the cheese.
  • Herbs: Fresh mint bring a pop of fresh flavor.
  • Citrus vinaigrette: This homemade orange vinaigrette is essential to the flavor, as orange and radicchio are a common flavor pairing.
Radicchio Salad

Why toasting the nuts makes a difference

You might not want to spend the 5 extra minutes toasting nuts, but here’s why it’s important (and required, in our opinion!). Toasting nuts brings out at nutty essence to the flavor that’s otherwise undetectable. You have to taste it to believe it, but there’s a huge difference between a raw nut and a toasted nut.

Over here, we always toast our nuts before adding them to salads and desserts. You can toast nuts on the stovetop or in the oven. For salad, we typically use the stovetop since it’s so quick and it’s just a small quantity. Here’s How to Toast Nuts (2 Best Ways!).

For the orange vinaigrette

This radicchio salad goes hand in hand with the homemade vinaigrette: it’s got just the right sweet tart, zingy citrus flavor to contrast the bitterness of the purple leaves. It uses simple ingredients you’ll likely already have on hand in your pantry and fridge, with the exception of an orange. You’ll need to zest the orange, which we like to do with a microplane grater: it’s quick and easy to use. The ingredients you’ll need are:

  • Zest of one orange
  • White wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Olive oil
Radicchio Salad recipe

Alternative dressings

This radicchio salad is the perfect fall salad or winter salad to pair with cozy dishes, but it works in any season. It’s great with chicken, seafood, pasta, pizza, and more! A few other dressings can work with this radicchio salad, though we love the orange vinaigrette the most. Here are a few homemade salad dressings to consider:

More salad recipes

There are so many different greens to highlight in salads: and it’s not just kale and spinach! Here are some of our favorite salads featuring different leafy greens:

This radicchio salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For plant-based, dairy-free and vegan, omit the cheese.

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Radicchio Salad

Radicchio Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Try this vibrant radicchio salad, the perfect side dish! Sweet pears, crunchy almonds, tangy goat cheese, and a bright citrus vinaigrette dress up a colorful bed of greens.


Ingredients

For the radicchio salad

  • 1 head radicchio, washed, dried and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 head butter lettuce, washed, dried and torn into bite-sized pieces or 2 cups baby arugula or baby mizuna
  • 1 ripe pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted almonds (or pine nuts)
  • ¼ cup goat cheese crumbles (or feta or gorgonzola), optional
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves

For the citrus vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, orange zest, honey, and kosher salt. Gradually whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy dressing forms. Store refrigerated; the dressing will solidify when cooled so bring to room temperature before serving.
  2. Toast the nuts
  3. Prepare the radicchio, butter lettuce (if using), pear, shallot as noted above.
  4. On a large platter or on salad plates, place the radicchio pieces and butter lettuce or baby arugula or mizuna. Add the pear slices, then sprinkle over the sliced shallot, toasted nuts, goat cheese crumbles, and mint leaves. Drizzle with the orange dressing and serve.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Radicchio Salad

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Caesar Dressing Recipe

This homemade Caesar dressing recipe is creamy, garlicky, and made in minutes at home. The simple salad dressing is bursting…

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This homemade Caesar dressing recipe is creamy, garlicky, and made in minutes at home. The simple salad dressing is bursting with flavor and perfect for salads, wraps, and more.

Caesar dressing

There’s something about the creamy, garlicky tang of Caesar dressing that is pure salad perfection. It’s as classic as a rich vanilla bean ice cream, or the salty crunch of a French fry hot from the fryer. Craving a rich, creamy Caesar but tired of the store-bought options? Try this homemade Caesar dressing recipe! It makes authentic-tasting salad dressing in minutes, bursting with fresh garlic, Parmesan cheese, and lemon juice. Drizzle it over romaine lettuce for a classic Caesar salad, or use it to elevate sandwiches, wraps, and more.

Caesar dressing ingredients

What’s in in Caesar dressing? This classic dressing may sound like it’s been around for centuries, but it was invented in the 1920’s. The story goes that Italian immigrant Caesar Cardini owned a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, and created Caesar salad on July 4, 1924. The original recipe had and egg and olive oil, which is essentially homemade mayonnaise, along with citrus, Worcestershire sauce, and Parmesan cheese.

Once you’ve tasted the homemade version of this salad dressing, you’ll never go back! Here are the ingredients in homemade Caesar dressing:

  • Mayonnaise: That signature savory creaminess comes from mayonnaise. Use a high-quality mayonnaise if you can: you can taste the difference.
  • Grated Parmesan cheese: Parmesan brings in a savory saltiness. Make sure to use grated (not shredded), which melds into the creamy texture.
  • Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice brings in that signature tang. Don’t use bottled juice, since it doesn’t have the same fresh flavor as using a real lemon.
  • Anchovy paste or Worcestershire sauce: Anchovies are traditional, but apparently the original Caesar salad used Worcestershire sauce. Both add a savory umami to the dressing.
  • Fresh garlic: Fresh garlic is important; avoid using jarred or otherwise preserved garlic.
  • Dijon mustard: Dijon rounds out the tangy, savory flavor.
Caesar salad

So it has anchovies?

A classic Caesar dressing recipe typically anchovies or anchovy paste. This salty fish adds intensely salty, savory flavor (called umami) to dressings and sauces. Caesar dressing was invented by Italian immigrant Caesar Cardini in the 1920’s, who originally used Worcestershire sauce and not anchovies. However, anchovies became incorporated into the recipe by restaurateurs along the way, and they remain a common ingredient in the salad dressing today.

You can use either anchovy paste or anchovy fillets. You can find anchovy paste in your local grocery in a tube; then just store it in your refrigerator.

  • Do you have to use anchovies in Caesar salad? Not in this recipe! This recipe is so delicious that you can substitute Worcestershire sauce for the anchovies without losing any of the savory flavor. It just adds a little something extra. Or, make a vegetarian Caesar dressing by using a vegan Worcestershire sauce or this Worcestershire sauce substitute.
  • How many anchovies are in anchovy paste? If all you can find is whole anchovy fillets, blend 2 anchovy fillets to make 1 teaspoon anchovy paste. Keep in mind that anchovy paste has added vinegar and spices and is milder in flavor.

How to make this Caesar dressing recipe

This Caesar dressing recipe is very easy to make: you don’t even need a blender! Here are a few things to keep in mind when making this recipe:

  • No blender needed! Just whisk together the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Use a fine grater or microplane: To keep it extra creamy, use a fine grater or microplane on both the garlic and the Parmesan cheese. This helps the garlic and Parmesan melt right into the creamy texture of the dressing instead of making it chunky.
  • Don’t have one? Simply buy grated Parmesan cheese and finely mince the garlic with a knife.
Homemade Caesar salad dressing recipe

How to serve Caesar dressing

You can serve this Caesar dressing recipe in all sorts of ways, the most classic being the ubiquitous Caesar salad! But there are lots of other ways to use Caesar dressing. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use it:

Chicken caesar salad

Vegan variation

Want a plant-based or vegan variation? Whip up this Vegan Caesar Dressing! Unbelievably, it’s almost as good as the original. Here you’ll use a blender to mix chickpeas with Dijon mustard, garlic, olive oil and more. It might sound odd, but trust us. This Vegan Caesar Salad is just as dreamy.

More homemade salad dressing recipes

Love making homemade salad dressing? Ditch the grocery store bottles and opt for making our own! Here are some of our top favorite salad dressing recipes:

This Caesar dressing recipe is…

Pescatarian and gluten-free. For vegetarian, omit the anchovy paste. For vegan, go to Vegan Caesar Dressing.

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Caesar dressing

Caesar Dressing Recipe


  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup

Description

This homemade Caesar dressing recipe is creamy, garlicky, and made in minutes at home. The simple salad dressing is bursting with flavor and perfect for salads, wraps, and more.


Ingredients

  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced or grated
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • ¾ cup high quality mayonnaise
  • ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (or Worcestershire sauce, optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl. Store refrigerated in a covered jar (keeps at least 1 week).
  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: Whisked
  • Cuisine: American

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Apple Walnut Salad

Savor the flavors of this apple walnut salad! Crisp apples mix with crunchy toasted walnuts and a sweet-tart dressing. It’s…

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Savor the flavors of this apple walnut salad! Crisp apples mix with crunchy toasted walnuts and a sweet-tart dressing. It’s an easy side dish or add protein for a satisfying lunch!

Apple Walnut Salad

Need a delicious salad recipe that goes with just about anything? (We’re always game for ideas.) Try this apple walnut salad! The mix of crisp apples, crunchy walnuts, chewy cranberries and a sweet-tart dressing makes a symphony of textures and flavors. It’s perfect as a side dish, but add protein and it also works as a main meal! You can swap out the dressing and mix-ins to make dozens of variations on the theme, making it endlessly versatile for any time and occasion.

Ingredients in apple walnut salad

An apple walnut salad works in many ways: there are many types of dressings and ways to accessorize the apples. And don’t forget about the classic Waldorf salad of apples, walnuts and grapes with a creamy mayo-based dressing! This apple walnuts salad is all about minimal ingredients with maximum impact. It’s fancy enough for entertaining, yet simple enough to pair with an easy weeknight meal. Here’s what you’ll need for this tasty green salad:

Apple Walnut Salad

Best types of apples for a salad

Make sure to use a crisp tart apple variety in this apple walnut salad. Of course, you can use any apple you have on hand! But it’s nice to use an apple that has a hearty crunch when you bite into it, and a hint of tart to make the flavor pop. Here are our top apple varieties for a salad:

  • Pink Lady: This is our favorite type of apple: the flavor is intensely sweet tart and it has a lovely, bright red color.
  • Granny Smith: Granny Smith is great for salads, though we recommend using it with another red apple for color contrast.
  • Honeycrisp: This variety is a bit sweeter and juicier than Pink Lady, but still a great option.

Dressing variations

This apple walnut salad is delicious with the maple vinaigrette listed in the recipe below. However, it works very well with other dressing ideas as well! Here are some top salad dressings that work with the flavors of this salad:

Apple Walnut Salad

Apple walnut salad topping ideas

Want to mix up the toppings for this apple walnut salad? The sky is the limit! Keep the greens, apples, and walnuts steady and add additional cheese, nuts or other mix ins for a versatile side. Here are some of our top ideas:

  • Feta crumbles or goat cheese crumbles add a pop of salt and a visual appeal.
  • Dried cherries, pomegranate seeds, or raisins can stand in for the cranberries.
  • Parmesan, gorgonzola, gouda, or Manchego also work for the cheese.
  • Try adding a handful of almonds, pecans, pistachios, or hazelnuts alongside the walnuts.
  • Using pepitas is another fun way to mix up the crunchy elements.

Add protein to make it a main dish

Lastly, it’s simple to turn apple walnut salad into a main dish. Simply top with protein! The flavors in this salad work well with chicken, shrimp, salmon, and even tofu as a vegan salad option. Here are some recipes for cooking the protein:

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Love eating salads? We are salad obsessed around here! Here are some of our top favorite salads:

This apple walnut salad recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Apple Walnut Salad

Apple Walnut Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Savor the flavors of this apple walnut salad! Crisp apples mix with crunchy toasted walnuts and a sweet-tart dressing. It’s an easy side dish or add protein for a satisfying lunch!


Ingredients

For the apple walnut salad

  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 crisp tart apple (like Pink Lady)
  • 8 cups mixed greens or tender lettuces (like butter or Bibb lettuce, frisee, etc)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 handful sliced red onion* (or shallot)
  • ¼ cup feta cheese crumbles (optional; not shown)

For the dressing

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh ground black pepper (optional)
  • To make it a main: Blackened Chicken, Sauteed Shrimp, Baked Salmon, or Baked Tofu

Instructions

  1. Place the nuts in a dry skillet (no oil) over medium heat. Heat, shaking the pan and stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the nuts are fragrant and slightly darker brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove immediately from the heat and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking.
  2. Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk the maple syrup, vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper. Whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy dressing forms. (If desired, make in advance and refrigerate up to 2 weeks; bring to room temperature prior to serving).
  3. Thinly slice the apple.
  4. Place the greens on a large platter or individual plates. Top with apple slices, toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, and red onion slices. If desired, add a sprinkle of feta cheese. Top with about 6 tablespoons of the dressing (or more as desired) and serve immediately. (To make ahead, keep all components separate with fresh ingredients and dressing refrigerated. Toss the apples with lemon juice to prevent browning. Bring dressing to room temperature and add all ingredients together directly before serving.)

Notes

*To remove some of the strong flavor of the red onion, you can soak it in cold water for 5 to 10 minutes before assembling the salad.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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20 Winter Salad Recipes

Need a crisp, colorful winter salad? Seasonal produce makes fresh, bright flavors in these winter salad recipes that banish the…

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Need a crisp, colorful winter salad? Seasonal produce makes fresh, bright flavors in these winter salad recipes that banish the cold weather blues!

Winter salad, salad on plate with radicchio, pear, and citrus dressing

One of the best ways to keep eating vibrant, colorful vegetables even in the cold months? Winter salad! You’ll be surprised by the amount of bright colors and varied textures you can pack into a salad. Seasonal ingredients star in these winter salad recipes, featuring leafy greens like kale and spinach, pomegranate seeds, citrus, apples, pears, Brussels sprouts, beets, and winter squash. They combine into some of the most delicious salads you’ll have, the perfect accessory to a cozy winter dinner.

And now…the top winter salad recipes to try!

More resources for winter eating

There are lots of tasty recipes for eating in the cold months! Sometimes it’s easy to default to mac and cheese. But there are lots more ways to eat healthy in the winter. Here are some ideas:

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Winter Salad with Pear & Citrus Dressing


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Try this vibrant radicchio salad, the perfect side dish! Sweet pears, crunchy almonds, tangy goat cheese, and a bright citrus vinaigrette dress up a colorful bed of greens.


Ingredients

For the winter salad

  • 1 head radicchio, washed, dried and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 head butter lettuce, washed, dried and torn into bite-sized pieces or 2 cups baby arugula or baby mizuna
  • 1 ripe pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted almonds (or pine nuts)
  • ¼ cup goat cheese crumbles (or feta or gorgonzola), optional
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves

For the citrus vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, orange zest, honey, and kosher salt. Gradually whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy dressing forms. Store refrigerated; the dressing will solidify when cooled so bring to room temperature before serving.
  2. Toast the nuts
  3. Prepare the radicchio, butter lettuce (if using), pear, shallot as noted above.
  4. On a large platter or on salad plates, place the radicchio pieces and butter lettuce or baby arugula or mizuna. Add the pear slices, then sprinkle over the sliced shallot, toasted nuts, goat cheese crumbles, and mint leaves. Drizzle with the orange dressing and serve.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Winter salad, winter salad recipes

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Salad (15 Minutes!)

Don’t take away our creamy, hearty Thanksgiving classics. But this new salad is amazing alongside them: It’s a fresh, bright, crunchy green salad with sweet, crisp pear or apple, toasted hazelnuts or pepitas, a simple lemon vinaigrette, and optional ve…

The Perfect Thanksgiving Salad (15 Minutes!)

Don’t take away our creamy, hearty Thanksgiving classics. But this new salad is amazing alongside them: It’s a fresh, bright, crunchy green salad with sweet, crisp pear or apple, toasted hazelnuts or pepitas, a simple lemon vinaigrette, and optional vegan goat cheese. 

Not only is it a colorful addition to the Thanksgiving table, but it beautifully contrasts the heavier dishes, aids digestion (hello, bitter greens and vinegar!), and comes together in just 15 minutes!

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Homemade Croutons

Homemade croutons are the best finishing touch to a salad! Learn what breads to use, how to season them, and how to make sure they’re perfectly crispy. When you’re planning a big holiday dinner, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the ham or turkey and all of the sides – like garlic mashed potatoes …

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Homemade croutons are the best finishing touch to a salad! Learn what breads to use, how to season them, and how to make sure they’re perfectly crispy.

Wooden spoon holding a spoonful of homemade croutons on a baking sheet.

When you’re planning a big holiday dinner, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the ham or turkey and all of the sides – like garlic mashed potatoes and Jiffy corn casserole – that you forget to add a fresh veggie to the menu.

A beautiful salad is a great way to add some freshness to a heavy meal, and I’m here to tell you that it does not have to be boring. 

One of the easiest ways to make a salad both delicious and impressive is with some homemade croutons. Everyone loves croutons and they’re so easy to customize with any seasonings you like!

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Pears and Pomegranate

This delicious Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad made with juicy pears, pomegranates, pepitas, and goat cheese is the perfect fall side dish. Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad I love raw shaved Brussels sprout salads and have been making them since Madison was l…

This delicious Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad made with juicy pears, pomegranates, pepitas, and goat cheese is the perfect fall side dish. Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad I love raw shaved Brussels sprout salads and have been making them since Madison was little. She loves them! Last year, I shared this Fall Brussels Salad with Apples, but

Autumn Kale Salad with Chicken

A healthy, fall Kale Salad with Chicken made with roasted butternut squash, apples, pecans, and goat cheese with a maple-Dijon vinaigrette. Fall Kale Salad with Chicken This healthy fall chopped salad combines the warm flavors of fall in a light, crisp…

A healthy, fall Kale Salad with Chicken made with roasted butternut squash, apples, pecans, and goat cheese with a maple-Dijon vinaigrette. Fall Kale Salad with Chicken This healthy fall chopped salad combines the warm flavors of fall in a light, crisp, and refreshing chopped salad. Rotisserie chicken is an easy protein, and the only cooking

Classic Egg Salad

This easy egg salad recipe is the perfect make-ahead dish for breakfast on toast, for lunch in a wrap, lettuce wrap, over salad or a slice of bread. Sometimes I just eat it with a spoon right out of the fridge! Best Egg Salad Recipe I meal prep a batch…

This easy egg salad recipe is the perfect make-ahead dish for breakfast on toast, for lunch in a wrap, lettuce wrap, over salad or a slice of bread. Sometimes I just eat it with a spoon right out of the fridge! Best Egg Salad Recipe I meal prep a batch of this egg salad practically