5 Hearty Salads for The Cold Winter Months
When fall settles into winter, our attitude towards meal prep can be summed up in one motto: the heartier, the better. Soups, stews, and casseroles tend to be the order of the day when snowflakes are falling and the sun is setting fast. However, as winter wears on, these types of meals can get a bit tired - especially since they tend to make more leftovers then we know what to do with!
Around this time of year, when the sun is setting a little earlier every day, we start to crave anything fresh and crisp. If your appetite is suffering from a case of the late-winter blues, the best way to combat it is by whipping up one of these tasty winter salads. These recipes mix hearty grains and legumes with the bright freshness of in-season vegetables and herbs, delivering a healthy and delicious wake-up call to your taste buds.
How to construct the perfect salad:
Each salad starts with some in-season vegetables – greens like kale, arugula, spinach and mache are a great choice in the winter, as well as root vegetables like beets, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Brussels sprouts and mushrooms, either fresh or dried, are another great option! It can be hard to find a good tomato or avocado this time of year, but if you can, they make a fine addition.
Grains are an integral part of any winter salad, and in icy weather we crave the wholesomeness of quinoa, buckwheat, and barley. Protein is absolutely essential in these salads, be it from legumes like beans, lentils, or chickpeas, or from tofu and tempeh. What really makes a winter salad something you’ll dream of for days after you taste it? The toppings. Rich, delectable sauces and dressings, along with crunchy favorites like nuts, chopped onion and fresh herbs are what will make these recipes a go-to as winter melts into spring.
These winter salads are filling enough to make for a weeknight meal, and make even better leftovers the next day. We like to prepare our grains and legumes in advance, in order to quickly mix these recipes up during the week as needed. So, go ahead and give the slow cooker a break and try one of these winter salads the next time you’re craving something simultaneously satisfying and fresh.
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