Sometimes the cold weather comfort food we need most is a vibrant salad full of winter’s best produce. Casseroles and braises are great, but they simply can’t provide the fresh textures and flavors of these seasonal weeknight-friendly winter salads that feature leafy greens, bitter winter greens, even no greens at all.

Sure, tomatoes and cucumbers are months away, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options: Chop up the squash collecting dust on your counter and roast it for this radicchio and Asian pear number, or make a crispy-creamy platter of sweet potatoes and crunchy chickpeas. When you’re craving bright flavors (or just miss summer), skip the orange vegetables and turn to fruit-forward salads to keep you going. Add grapefruit (or any citrus) to this bright green and pink number. Or nix the veggies all together and follow our formula for this sweet ‘n’ savory fruit-forward salad studded with funky cheeses and spiced nuts.  

  • Pears and Radishes With Gorgonzola and Nori recipe

    Photograph by Paola + Murray, food styling by Pearl Jones, prop styling by Sophia Pappas

    Pears and Radishes With Gorgonzola and Nori

    With salty blue cheese, toasted seaweed, sweet pears, and bitter radishes, this winter salad recipe checks all the flavor boxes.

  • Photograph by Emma Fishman, Food styling by Susie Theodorou, Prop styling by Sophie Leng

    Kale Salad With Pecan Vinaigrette

    Dress your greens in this sweet and nutty dressing made of, you guessed it—toasted pecans. Pulverize the nuts in a food processor with garlic, honey, capers, and cider vinegar, then toss with kale and radishes.

  • Photograph by Paola + Murray, food styling by Pearl Jones, prop styling by Sophia Pappas

    Napa Cabbage Wedge With Sesame Ranch

    Iceberg’s reign over the wedge salad stops here. Slice crunchy Napa cabbage into thick rounds and dress with a savory miso-tahini dressing. The bacon stays.

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