By April Dupee
Cold winter weather begs for warm foods like soups, casseroles, and…salads? Sure, comfort food and salads don’t typically go hand-in-hand, but these hearty warm salad recipes will change your mind.
Here, you’ll find salads packed with roasted veggies, filling grains, and delicious winter flavors that are guaranteed to satisfy. These recipes are just as soul-soothing as your favorite comfort foods but loaded with the nutrients you need to stay healthy all winter long.
So, whether you want to swap out your cold greens or give your winter diet a nutritious boost, you’ll want to warm up to these hearty salad recipes ASAP.
Tomato and mozzarella salad get a hearty winter upgrade thanks to farro. This ancient grain—packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals—is cooked in phytonutrient-rich vegetable stock to create a flavorful and filling base. Top with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, onion, and basil for a simple and delicious winter salad.
How to create the ultimate healthy comfort food: add mushrooms. This powerhouse food brings a savory, satisfying umami flavor, plus tons of nutrients like vitamin D, folate, and selenium, a nutrient important for immune and thyroid health. Pinch of Yum’s balsamic kale salad is tossed with sautéed mushrooms, sweet bell peppers, and Asiago cheese for a nourishing and flavorful winter meal.
Nutritious salad meets cozy winter flavors in this tasty recipe from Heartbeet Kitchen. Everybody’s favorite cruciferous veggie brings gut-friendly fiber, while tofu soaked in a delicious maple glaze brings in the protein. Don’t forget the rosemary for an extra dose of antioxidants and flavor.
Brighten up your winter with this fresh and filling salad from Nutrition Stripped. Quinoa and sautéed kale provide a warm and nutrient-dense base that will keep you feeling full for hours. Add lemon and pomegranates for a burst of tart flavor and immunity-boosting vitamin C.
Hearty and earthy farro offers a protein-packed base perfect for a warm winter salad. Add mushrooms and crunchy asparagus for an easy, filling winter dish that’s loaded with fiber and vitamin K (great for bone health).
Your go-to chicken salad gets a winter makeover in this Food52 recipe, in which warm and crispy roasted chicken and potatoes complement crunchy lettuce and fresh chives. Try this easy recipe when you want a hearty quick meal.
Spicy warm sauce, sweet veggies, and fresh greens—this Love and Lemon salad has it all. Roasted veggies like squash, potatoes, and eggplant are tossed with swiss chard, an often-overlooked green that’s just as nutritious as kale. Rich in vitamins A, K, and C, plus minerals like iron and magnesium, this hearty green is one you’ll want to start adding to your diet.
Take comfort food classics like gold potatoes and green beans up a notch in this fiber-rich salad bowl from Oh She Glows. Toss these hearty veggies with quinoa, green onions, kale, and creamy avocado for a healthy cozy meal.
Need an excuse to eat more tacos? This turkey taco salad filled with lean protein can help you with that. Simply pile turkey (seasoned with warming and inflammation-fighting spices like cinnamon, cumin, and chili powder) onto crunchy romaine for an easy weeknight meal. Taco Tuesday never tasted so good.
Sometimes simple is best. Just toss roasted butternut squash—which has vitamins A and C and magnesium—with toasted pecans and spinach for the easiest warm winter salad ever, courtesy of Minimalist Baker.
Try this one from The Kitchn when you want a hearty weeknight meal with minimal effort. Just chop and roast mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and shallots in the oven and toss with baby kale. Crunchy pumpkin seeds, with iron and zinc, add an extra level of satisfaction.
(Photos: Shutterstock & Nutritious Life)