I love fresh, crisp salads. They’re refreshing, easy to throw together, and make getting your daily dose of greens a breeze. But now that we’re in the middle of January (aka Midwest hibernation), comfort foods tend to rule.
Have you found yourself trending toward less-than-healthy crockpot meals or maybe carb and dairy-heavy options? ‘Tis the season. But it’s time to snap out of it! Easy winter meals DON’T have to be heavy and fattening to be satisfying.
So let’s talk winter salads. That’s right, winter salads. Who says a bowl full of greens and goodness is just a summer thing? Below are some recipes to get you started on the winter salad trend, as well as some killer ideas for changing up the colors, textures, and temperature to keep things fresh.
Winter Chopped Salad | Allison Day
This lovely arugula-based salad incorporates roasted butternut squash and beans with pear for a hint of sweet. Yum!
Shrimp and Avocado Salad | Pinch of Yum
A yummy miso dressing with protein-packed shrimp and creamy avocado make this salad a winner any time of year. Yes, please!
Toasted Kale Salad | Beachbody
Find a new take on kale with a simple recipe that teaches you how to roast this leafy green to perfection. Add Cajun chicken and you’ve got a filling, healthy meal. Boom.
Beachbody Tips for Winter Salads | Beachbody
Whether it’s adding whole grains like quinoa and brown rice; making the best use of winter squash; or adding nuts, fruits, and root veggies, there are tons of ways to add depth and warm flavors to any winter salad.
Don’t let the season make you lazy about what you’re putting into your body. Get out of your recipe rut and lean into fresh, seasonal ingredients as much as you can.
This week, I dare you to complete my salad challenge: try a new winter salad recipe or create your own. Post a pic on Instagram and tag me at @julievoris. I’d love to see what you come up with! Filling your body with nourishing greens and veggies this winter will keep your energy levels up, your mind alert, and your body happy.