If your holiday menu is as carb/sugar/meat heavy as ours is, you’re going to want something lighter on your off-days. Here: 20 winter salad recipes that take only about 30 minutes from start to finish.


Arugula with Caramelized Squash and Pomegranate-Ginger Vinaigrette

The goat cheese and figs seem decadent, but the greens and dressing keep this guy light.

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Fig and Fried Goat Cheese Salad

As if creamy goat cheese weren’t delicious enough already; try it fried.

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon and Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Proof that there is really no wrong way to eat Brussels sprouts.

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Kale, Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash and Freekeh

Aside from being fun to say, freekeh is a healthy whole grain that gives this salad great texture and added oompf.

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Thai Steak Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Cold winter nights call for something hearty.

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Caesar Pasta Salad

Hey, where’d all the lettuce go?

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Sesame, Kale and Quinoa Bowl

Kale and grains? How very virtuous.

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Citrus, Fennel and Avocado Salad

'Tis the season for fresh, Florida-grown citrus.

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Winter Chicken and Kale Salad

Top it all off with Brussels, barley and blue cheese.

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Roasted Cauliflower Mushroom and Quinoa Salad

Multitask by roasting your veggies while you cook the quinoa.

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Creamy Caesar Salad With Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas add awesome crunch…not to mention they really fill you up.

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Asian Ramen Chicken Chopped Salad

Chopsticks optional.

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Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing

Extra dressing required.

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Avocado Chicken Caprese Salad

Trust us, you’ll be making this again.

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Southwestern Chopped Salad with Chipotle Lime Dressing

Gaaah, get in my mouth, fiesta salad.

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Buffalo Chicken Salad

No carbs, no problem.

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Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Transport yourself to Santorini.

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Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Rocket Salad

Five ingredients, people.

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Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

The secret ingredient is pomegranate.

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Lyonnaise Salad

A poached egg and frisée? Well, aren’t you fancy?

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