Salads are often thought of as a summer food but they really don’t have to only be for warm weather. Winter salads are a great way to get in your veggies during the colder months. With the right flavors and ingredients, you’ll be just as satisfied as you would be with a warmer meal. Check out these delicious winter salads – they’re hearty and so cozy!

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1. Pumpkin Millet Kale Salad With Balsamic Reduction

Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin, Millet and Kale Salad with Balsamic Reduction

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The perfect winter salad using seasonal produce. Roasted pumpkin, kale accompanied with nutty millet, this salad is so nourishing and full of amazing nutrition to keep your body at it’s best in the colder months. Topped with a drizzle of healthy homemade balsamic reduction, this Pumpkin Millet Kale Salad With Balsamic Reduction by Taryn Fitz-Gerald is the perfect winter meal.

2. Spinach and Fig Salad

Spinach and Fig Salad

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This Spinach and Fig Salad by Daniela Modesto is the salad du jour. You can get a little crazy if you want and toast your pumpkin seeds or keep them raw. Toasting them a bit will add a nice nutty flavor. The dressing is simple. Since I’ve been obsessed with it, I add it to everything these days. All you need is a little pomegranate juice, Dijon mustard, a bit of balsamic, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. You won’t be disappointed!

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3. Butternut Squash Salad

Butternut Squash Salad

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This Butternut Squash Salad by Desiree Rodriguez is perfect for the cold weather. Using fresh butternut squash adds some heartiness that you look for in a warm meal that fills you up while the greens keep it light.  Plus, butternut squash is in season now so you can get it fresh and cheap! When it comes to butternut squash, soup is probably the number one dish that most people make with it.  Butternut squash soup is delicious!

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4. California Kale, Orange, Almond and Mushroom Salad

California Kale, Orange, Almond and Mushroom Salad

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This California Kale, Orange, Almond and Mushroom Salad by Rachel Phipps is great to make ahead, as the kale holds up to sitting in the dressing in a way that regular salad leaves never do.

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5. Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Salad

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This Roasted Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Salad by Crazy Vegan Kitchen is full of zesty flavor, thanks to the cumin sumac dressing. Roasted cauliflower and sweet potato are mixed with fresh spinach and pomegranate seeds, then tossed with a dressing made from apple cider vinegar, sumac, and pomegranate molasses. The addition of pomegranate seeds adds a burst of sweetness that complements the roasted vegetables.

6. Beet and Arugula Salad with Fennel

Beet and Arugula Salad with Fennel

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This Beet and Arugula Salad with Fennel by Crissy Cavanaugh is such a delicious, filling, and flavorful salad. It has complimentary textures – you will love it and make it a go to meal for this cold winter season.

7. Grain Power Salad

Grain Power Salad

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This Grain Power Salad by Honey Salt is brought to you by the restaurant Honey Salt! Enjoy!

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8. Hearty Roasted Vegetable Rice Salad

Hearty Roasted Vegetable Rice Salad

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Patrica Granek‘s Hearty Roasted Vegetable Rice Salad recipe is a super delicious and satisfying meal. A wild rice salad recipe made with simple whole food ingredients and dressed with a deliciously easy salad dressing. An easy recipe for rice salad perfect for lunch, dinner or as a pot luck recipe.

9. Quinoa Pear Salad

Vegan Quinoa Pear Salad

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This Quinoa Pear Salad by Medha Swaminathan is both light and refreshing, and the pears give it a bit of sweetness! If you’re looking for a recipe that offers a variety of flavors, this recipe is for you.

10.Kale Salad With Cranberries and Butternut Squash

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Roasted butternut squash is paired with this kale salad with cranberries, apples, and walnuts for a colorful autumnal plate that can stand alone as a main dish or a side at your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. You’re going to love this Kale Salad With Cranberries and Butternut Squash by Alison Corey!

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Winter Purple Cauliflower Salad

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