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Did someone just say winter? Lord help me. But seriously, here in Toronto if you blink Fall is basically over so now that the leaves have fallen I am preparing myself for the hiberation that is winter in Canada. Throughout the winter I tend to turn to soups for my main source of veggies, but it’s not fair to rule out salads entirely. That’s why I recruited my girl Jess to do some digging on the best healthy warm winter salads out there to inspire me and all of you all season long.

Jess will be stopping by here on occasion to share some recipes that have been inspiring her and I’m thrilled to have her. I’ll let Jess take it from here…

Here are 20 healthy warm winter salads that will keep you healthy, full and out of hibernation all winter long. The perfect alternative to winter soups!
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Who says salads are just for the summer time? It may be sweater weather, but that doesn’t mean that salads have to be off the table. Trust me, I understand that it is only natural to crave piping hot soups and comforting chilis in the winter, but just because its cold out doesn’t mean scurvy should be an option!

Swap out cold greens for sauteed leafy greens, colourful roasted veggies and hearty grains. Here are 20 healthy warm winter salads that will keep you healthy, full and out of hibernation all winter long.

20 Healthy Warm Winter Salads

farro grain salad in a wooden bowl

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Farro Salad

A healthy recipe for fall, this Roasted Brussels Sprouts Farro Salad makes the perfect weeknight side dish or main or holiday standout dish. Simple ingredients but full of natural flavors the whole family will enjoy.

Harvest Grain Salad

A mix of quinoa, veggies, edamame, dried fruit and nuts, this Harvest Grain Salad makes a hearty lunch or dinner recipe for the fall or winter or really…any time of year!

Warm Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad with Goat Cheese, Kale and Balsamic Dressing

Warm Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad

Warm the soul with this Warm Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad with sautéed kale and a delicious balsamic dressing. A perfect midday lunch or soothing dinner recipe for any night of the week.

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash Salad

The ultimate fall salad is this maple roasted acorn squash salad tossed with a deliciously decadent pomegranate vinaigrette. The perfect way to get in your seasonal veggies!

Fall butternut squash salad over a bed of kale with cheese, pomegranate seeds and an apple cider vinegar dressing.

Warm Butternut Squash Salad

Celebrate fall with this delicious and beautiful butternut squash salad! Made with roasted butternut squash, kale, pomegranate seeds, candied pecans, feta cheese in a delicious apple cider vinegar dressing this recipe makes the perfect fall salad or Thanksgiving side!

Harvest Farro Salad

Get the best of fall with this Harvest Farro Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and a Pomegranate Molasses Dressing. A seasonal favorite full of nutrition and delicious flavors for a side dish or main!

Moroccan salad recipe with chickpeas and quinoa

Gluten free Moroccan salad recipe with chickpeas and quinoa! This zippy healthy salad is far from boring. Layers of quinoa, spiced chickpea, dried fruit, pistachios, feta cheese, and vegetables. Great to serve as a gluten free and vegetarian main meal or side dish.  

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Chicken And Mango Chipotle Vinaigrette

This easy salad has curry roasted sweet potatoes, chicken, coconut and a spicy mango vinaigrette – a healthy taste of the middle east!

Roasted Cauliflower and Farro Salad with Feta and Avocado

This satisfying vegetarian salad recipe features warm whole grains, roasted cauliflower, fresh greens and bold Mediterranean flavors. It packs well for lunch, too! Recipe yields 4 hearty salads.

Roasted Broccoli + Quinoa Salad

A delicious roasted broccoli quinoa salad made with sweet potatoes, kale, chickpeas and feta cheese all tossed in a flavorful lemon dressing. Gluten-free + vegetarian!

Mediterranean Wheat Berry Salad

You’re going to love this simple salad. It’s hearty, customizable year-round, and requires just 10 ingredients including the simple Greek dressing.

Autumn Arugula Salad w/ Caramelized Squash and Pomegranate Ginger Vinaigrette

A delicious fall-themed salad with crispy caramelized squash and a flavor-packed pomegranate ginger vinaigrette with delicious zing!

Warm + Roasted Winter Quinoa Bowl

This is the ultimate bowl of winter comfort food! Yukon Gold potatoes and green beans are roasted until crisp and golden and then tossed with warm quinoa, shredded kale, green onion, and a speedy roasted garlic and red wine vinaigrette. I topped this cozy bowl with crunchy toasted pepita seeds and creamy sliced avocado. 

Roasted Beet + Orange Salad

This Roasted Beet and Orange Salad can be made ahead of time and gets better the longer it sits. You can leave it in your fridge and snack on it all week.

Chili-Orange Veggie Bowl

I steam the veggies instead of roasting them in this easy bowl, and their clean flavors shine under a lightly spicy, tangy chili vinaigrette.

Warm Balsamic Kale Salad

This warm balsamic kale salad has tons of flavor and includes sauteed mushrooms and peppers, bell peppers, and Asiago cheese.

Winter Rainbow Panzanella

This dish may seem component-heavy, but most of these elements can be made in advance so the whole thing comes together when you’re ready. The only thing you need to do before serving in fact, is massaging the kale and kohlrabi leaves.

Warm Brussel Sprout and Kale Salad

Tossed with dried cranberries and fresh rosemary, you’re looking at vibrant, real food. It’s the kind of dish that’s healthy yet satisfying in the best of ways.

Warm Apple and Fig Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing

This warm apple and fig salad is tossed with a maple dijon dressing and topped with crumbled bacon.

Pomegranate and Pear Salad Recipe from Mason Jar Salads

This salad never fails to put me in the fall spirit. Pears and blue cheese pair beautifully, but it’s the tart pomegranate seeds that really make this salad special. You can buy pomegranates whole and break them down yourself or purchase just the seeds at most grocery stores.

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  1. People always call salads “summer food” but these prove it is definitely an all seasons food! I loooove root veggies and squash in my salads in the winter!

    1. agreed! To be honest, I think I like roasted veggies and root vegetables in salads better than summery veggies. Don’t tell anyone that though haha

  2. Just because its getting colder out doesn’t mean salads have to disappear! Great round-up! I need all of these beauties in my life, especially the maple acorn salad with pomegranate !!!

  3. I’m ready for that progressive salad dinner. 😉 although it’s still hot here to maybe we should start in Canada. Your squash salad … HECK YA

    1. Yeah we should probably start here since I don’t plan on going outside from December until April haha. I should just move to Texas!

  4. So many beautiful salads and I LOVE all the colors…pinned and tweeted for inspiration, when I am freezing my booty off this winter! XOXO

    1. Thank you, lovely! Obviously it’s like 72 here this week but the tundra will be here next week so I know I’m prepared 🙂

  5. I’m a soup AND salad person in the winter. This is a great round up with so many pretty colors in the salads! Love it.