Chilly weather is always followed by comfort food; it’s how we manage to get through those months of endless gloom. Though we love comfort food, it catches up to us after a while and leaves us feeling rather sluggish. The best way to bounce back is with some good old-fashioned clean eating, and salads are a wonderful go-to. We’re not talkin’ small-portioned Mason jar salads, either. We’ve got 18 hearty winter salads that will warm you up and keep your belly satisfied.


1. Warm Apple Salad With Apple Cider Vinaigrette: Warm apples and toasty almonds bring the essence of fall to this colorful and textured salad. With all the most important salad staples — from tangy cheese to sweet fruit — this salad makes for a light and nourishing meal you’ll crave on the regular. (via Bessie Bakes)


2. Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad With Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing: When a craving for Buffalo wings hits, it’s impossible to shrug it off. You need to indulge — and this crisp salad allows you to indulge in the best way. In just 20 minutes, you can dig into spicy chicken breasts, crumbled blue cheese, crunchy veggies and a cool-and-creamy dressing to balance it all out. (via Back to Her Roots)


3. Warm Potato Salad With Bacon and Long Hots: If you thought potato salads were reserved for summer cookouts, think again. Though this medley would be great for any occasion, it’s perfect to curl up with in the cooler months. It’s a quick and easy meal that’s guaranteed to warm your belly. (via Coley Cooks)


4. Warm Root and Lentil Salad With Turmeric Mustard Dressing: Fall harvest is a beautiful thing, and this warm root salad is a perfect way to display it. Filled with beets, turnips, carrots and potatoes, this salad guarantees a nourishing meal that will keep your belly satisfied. (via Red Nails Green Veggies)


5. Seeded Warm Goat Cheese Salad: Lovers of goat cheese, y’all might have to sit down for this one — this recipe calls for a hefty helping of the creamy stuff. This stunning salad is adorned with red cabbage and blueberries, then drizzled with a tahini vinaigrette that sounds simply irresistible. Plan on eating in isolation, because you *will* be licking your plate. (via Green Healthy Cooking)


6. Lentil and Roast Beef Salad: We all love a filling Sunday roast paired with fluffy mashed potatoes, but after devouring a meal like that, it’s nice to lighten things up for the rest of the week. This robust salad lets you use up those beefy leftovers in a healthy and refreshing way. (via The Cook’s Pyjamas)


7. Kale and Hazelnut Winter Salad With Warm Sweet Dressing: We all find ourselves in a cheesy, meaty and carb-y food rut once in awhile, especially around the holidays. And once we start to feel the effects, we’re eager to get on board with some healthy eats. This refreshing salad is the perfect solution. (via The Best of This Life)


8. Coconut Roasted Carrot and Puy Lentil Salad: This healthful mix is as flavorful as all get-out, and it’s a great way to fill yourself up with nutrients. It’s delicious on its own, but totally versatile; add a poached egg for a protein boost or a hunk of fresh bread for energy. (via Nutritionist Meets Chef)


9. Warm Squash, Parsnip and Kale Salad With Pomegranate Dressing: When the chilly weather rolls around and squash makes a regular appearance in your fall-inspired dishes, it’s easy to forget how delicious it is in a hearty and vibrant salad. Thank goodness this salad is here to remind us. (via Dolly and Oatmeal)


10. Warm Millet Salad With Brussels Sprouts, Dried Cranberries and Walnuts: If you’re looking to incorporate more whole grains into your diet, this hearty and tasty salad is perfection. Brussels sprouts offer a healthy dose of vitamins while also adding some crunchy texture. (via Cook’s Hideout)


11. Warm Butternut, Cabbage, Quinoa and Almond Salad: This filling and savory salad makes for a perfect meal; it’s just the ticket to feeling nourished after an indulgent weekend. It’s packed with crunchy veggies and hearty grains and topped with an addictive maple almond dressing. (via Simple Seasonal)


12. Warmed Chickpea Cauliflower Mango Salad: Cauliflower is increasing in popularity, and there’s no reason to question why. It’s incredibly versatile and makes a statement in sauces, curries, soups and salads. Though the ingredients in this one-pan dish are simple, the flavors are anything but. (via From Jessica’s Kitchen)


13. Zesty Lentil Spinach Salad: Deep, rich flavors seem to take over in the cooler months; sometimes we need a bright-tasting pick-me-up. This zesty, lemon-y salad is ideal for such occasions, and it’s packed with enough hearty veggies to pass as a meal without weighing you down. (via Gimme Some Oven)


14. Warm Butternut, Chickpea and Spinach Salad: These vibrant ingredients are a great way to up your salad game. Soft-cooked butternut squash brings warmth, while spicy roasted chickpeas add a crunch you’re going to crave. (via Aninas Recipes)


15. Arugula Orange Salad With Toasted Sesame Vinaigrette: Nothing brings a burst of bright flavor quite like a juicy orange. If you’re not keen on sweet, fruity salads, no problem! The peppery arugula and salty feta balance things out nicely, creating a citrus-y and savory blend you can appreciate. (via Natural Comfort Kitchen)


16. Roasted Potato Beet Salad: Warm veggies adorn fresh and crisp lettuce, making this the *perfect* salad for those chilly winter days. After all, what warms your belly doesn’t need to make you feel heavy. (via Veggie Chick)


17. Wintery Beetroot and Lentil Salad: This salad is the ultimate fridge clean-out. You’ll use up a ton of leftover produce, all while nourishing your body — totally a win/win! Lentils and pecans bring some extra girth to the plate, ensuring you won’t feel hungry between lunch and dinner. (via Rainbow Nourishments)


18. Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad: With their sweet and rich flavor, sweet potatoes offer so much to a dish — and this beauty of a salad is no exception. With warm and nutty quinoa joining in, this salad is the epitome of warming and substantial. (via Green Valley Kitchen)

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