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There’s a good chance that when you think of healthy eating, the first place your mind goes is salads. That’s for a good reason! Salads are one of the best-known, nutritious, and timeless healthy meals.

That’s why countless chefs and recipe creators have devoted time to creating unique, scrumptious salads that ensure they’re anything but boring. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, this ultimate list of delicious, healthy, winter-themed salads will leave you feeling clean, filled, and eating a wholesome meal for long-lasting energy and nutrition.

Citrus Cabbage Salad

Who doesn’t love a sweet tang to decorate their salad? The vegetables in this Love and Lemons’ recipe give you a warm summer feeling while using winter produce to complete your delicious seasonal meal. It features cabbage, mint, lemon and clementines, fennel, carrots, and watermelon radish. Not only does this salad look aesthetically pleasing when put together, but its nutritional benefits are also endless. And, if you’re feeling creative, there are plenty of ingredients you can add to make the salad perfect for your desired flavor and dietary needs. Do you need to add some healthy fats? Try mixing in some chopped avocado! Protein? One cup of nuts has 27 grams! The zing of the lemon/clementine dressing ties all the ingredients together for a zesty, scrumptious meal.

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The Ultimate Winter Salad

If you’re exhausted from preparing meals all week, this salad from The Pioneer Woman is just the thing for you! The recipe is perfect for a quick and filling meal with a taste guaranteed to knock your socks off. This kale-based salad is dressed with nuts, vegetables, and goat cheese in less than 20 minutes—perfect for a fast lunch or an easy dinner. Plus, this recipe yields four servings, meaning, on top of being delectable, you can share it! The tangy dressing features red wine vinegar, syrup, and dijon mustard is a flavor combination you can’t afford to miss out on!

The Perfect Winter Salad

Do you have a bit of a sweet tooth? This salad from Taste of Home beautifully mixes holiday nostalgia with its sweet maple dressing but brings its own 2022 take on healthy eating with a dab of mayo and minced shallot. This is another recipe that you’re able to make in a crunch—if you really push it, you’ll have this delicious, healthy dish ready in less than 15 minutes! And, because the recipe yields 15 servings, it makes for an excellent family meal. With the crunch from the nuts and the crisp apple slices, you’ll be wondering why you’ve stuck with plain lettuce and ranch for so long! It’s truly delectable, and you don’t need to take our word for it! This fan-favorite boasts a five-star rating.

Kale Pasta Salad

For a Mediterranean twist on your regular run-of-the-mill leafy green meal, try the Kale Pasta Salad featuring kale (of course), sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan, and bow-tie noodles. The dietary experts at Walder Wellness created the recipe to optimize nutrition while keeping an exceptional taste. With the crunch of red bell peppers and the twist of basil, this salad will inevitably become a new favorite. Plus, it only takes 10 minutes to prepare. The abundance of kale means you’ll get more than 100% of your vitamin A intake for the day, along with potassium, copper, and calcium. 

Ultimately, finding healthy ways to nurture your body doesn’t have to be boring or bland! With these winter-themed salad recipes, you’re well on your way to delicious and nutritious!