It seems like summer is still very far away and for those trying to eat healthier, the idea of a salad on a cold winter day isn’t very appealing. However, there are actually lots of salad-friendly ingredients at their peak during these months, and they are just as delicious as they are nutritious:
Pear, gorgonzola, and chicken arugula salad
A ripe pear is one of the Mother Nature’s most beautiful offerings, and in a salad with salty cheese, chicken, and arugula, it adds the perfect amount of fresh sweetness. You can find the recipe, with also includes pecans and a homemade dressing made with garlic, mustard, and cider vinegar, from Judy Kim on Delish.
Roasted beets with goat cheese and nuts
Beets are available in stores year-round, but they hit their peak in cool weather. When roasted, their sugars caramelize, and they become almost like candy. They’re a great compliment to nuts, goat cheese, and tangy vinaigrette. Just google “beet salads,” and you’ll be met with a plethora of options.
Brussels sprouts and bacon
If you have a bad impression of Brussels sprouts, you’ve probably never tried them with bacon. This classic combination can serve as the base for a wide variety of salads with add-ins like pomegranate, dried cranberries, almonds, Parmesan cheese, and even avocado. You’ll frequently see the Brussels sprouts roasted first, but not always.
Quinoa and sweet potato salad
For a warm salad that truly eats like a meal, cook quinoa and roast a few sweet potatoes. To bring out those toasty, rich flavors, add-ins like salty feta cheese and red onion are great. If you want to get in your greens at the same time, spinach or arugula work best. For a dressing, you really just need olive oil and some kind of vinegar, be it white, apple cider, or balsamic. Depending on the exact recipe, you’ll also see dressings mixed with honey or Dijon mustard for more sweetness or spiciness. It’s up to you.