Weeknight Cooking

Seven Salads for Eating Fresh, Even in Winter

February 12, 2015

Salad shouldn't be an obligation or an afterthought -- and it doesn't always have to be kale, either. Every other Thursday, Elizabeth Stark from Brooklyn Supper will help you make salads you actually want to eat. 

Today: Just because it's -10° F with windchill and you've come down with flu-like symptoms doesn't mean you have to be vegetable-deprived, too. Here's how to get your fix of fresh produce -- even in the darkest months. 

Seasonal eating is never so tough as in winter, and it's natural to want to give up and restrict yourself to a diet of bread and melted cheese until spring peas show up. But fresh food, even in deepest winter, just takes a little planning. And besides, salad is a great complement to cheesy bread of all kinds. 

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There are a few key strategies to making a memorable salad in the colder months:

  1. Start your salad by gathering some hardy mainstays like kale or chard, or some unexpected interlopers like endive, fennel, or brussels sprouts.
  2. Then, load up on citrus: Not only is it sweet and delicious, but it also takes the bitter edge off of winter greens. 
  3. When citrus fails, try bacon -- smoky richness is always on point -- or a creamy dressing. 
  4. Finally, layer crunchy and chewy ingredients like thinly sliced vegetables, apples, toasted nuts and seeds, grains, or dried fruit. 

Rainbow Chard and Wild Rice Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette


Citrus Salad with Shaved Fennel, Celery, and Cilantro-Yogurt Dressing


Shaved Vegetable Salad with Apples and Lemony Tahini Dressing


Endive with Bacon and Buttermilk Ranch


Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Meyer Lemon, and Tart Dried Cherries


Roasted Pear and Rainbow Chard Salad


Napa Cabbage Wedge Salad with Apples and Buttermilk Dressing

What are your winter salad strategies? Share with us in the comments!

Photos by Elizabeth Stark

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Elizabeth Stark, along with her husband Brian Campbell, chronicles her passion for simple, fresh recipes on the award-wining food blog Brooklyn Supper.

1 Comment

Saghar S. February 16, 2015
How lovely these are?! I actually think salads in winter are even better (minus che cold factor), mainly because winter fruit (apples, pear, pomegranate etc) work so well with bitter winter veggies. I love this collection. I'm adding to a list of great winter salad from around the web, on this post dedicated to winter salads :) http://www.labnoon.com/en/2015/01/22/winter-salads-guide/