When it comes to seasonal produce, winter has a bit of a bad rep as it’s often thought of as one of the least abundant times of year. However, we believe there’s plenty of delicious ingredients at their best during the winter months – and lots of ways to use them.


Take seasonal stars such as parsnips, carrots, kale, squash and Brussels sprouts. Combined with a few filling foods, like chicken, avocado, grains or beans, these humble vegetables can make a super-satisfying meal. What’s more, you could reap some health benefits by eating with the seasons, as you’re getting foods at their most nutritious – read our guide to find out more.

As you’ll see from our list below, the possibilities for making winter salads are endless. Keep it classic with our warm chorizo & chickpea salad, try something different with roasted root veg fattoush and serve up a new favourite with our roasted carrot, lentil and feta salad.

For more ideas, check out our healthy salad recipes, vegetarian salads and vegan salads. Plus, read our list of 10 salad dressings you can make in minutes.

1. Warm winter bean salad with chicken

Banish the winter blues with our warm bean salad with kale, chicken breast and raddichio. Try to get butter beans from a jar as they’re generally softer and more flavourful.

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Warm winter bean salad with chicken on a serving platter

2. Sesame parsnip & wild rice tabbouleh

The flavour of the sweet roasted parsnips, coated in turmeric, works perfectly with nutty tahini dressing. Combine with wild rice, fresh mint and coriander for a satisfying vegan supper.

Sesame parsnip & wild rice tabbouleh on a pink plate

3. Pear, chicory & blue cheese salad

Creamy blue cheese, ripe pears and walnuts make a winning combination in this elegant salad. The bitter leaves of chicory make a pleasant addition to salads, while in season.

Pear, chicory & blue cheese salad on a white plate

4. Roasted carrot, rocket & lentil salad

So simple, yet so delicious. This easy salad for two combines a pouch of puy lentils with roasted carrots, cucumber, avocado, a good scattering of salty feta and a honey-mustard dressing. Also, try out our Heritage carrots recipe.

Roasted carrot, rocket & lentil salad topped with feta

5. Winter salad with raisins, dill & walnuts

Make the most of cauliflower in this wonderful winter salad with raisins, dill and walnuts, and a homemade butter bean and smoked paprika hummus.

Winter salad with raisins, dill & walnuts

6. Warm chorizo & chickpea salad

You only need seven ingredients to make this satisfying salad. Full of bold flavours like chorizo and sun-dried tomatoes, it’s a great option for lunch.

Warm chorizo and chickpea salad

7. Winter tabbouleh

Swap out summery tomatoes and make a winter version of tabbouleh with cauliflower, fennel, bulgur wheat, nuts and pomegranate seeds. It’s delicious served as a side dish to roast chicken or lamb.

Winter tabbouleh with pomegranate seeds

8. Roast squash & hummus winter salad

This filling salad of roasted winter veg and rocket sits atop a layer of creamy walnut and butter bean hummus. It’s a nourishing dish that’s loaded with vitamin C to help support your immune defences.

Roast squash & hummus winter salad on a stone background

9. Brussel sprout salad with citrus & pomegranate

Brussels sprouts aren't just for Christmas, use them all winter to make a great alternative to cabbage in slaws and salads. Here, they soak up zingy dressing made with orange, lemon and wholegrain mustard.

Sprout salad with citrus & pomegranate in a green bowl

10. Roasted roots fattoush

If you're always looking for new ways with root vegetables, this is the salad for you. We’ve given classic Middle Eastern fattoush a winter makeover with roasted root veg and a brown-butter yogurt dressing. We've left the shards of toasted pitta in for crunch.

Roasted roots fattoush with yogurt dressing

11. Vegan roast spiced squash salad with tahini dressing

Make the most of butternut squash in this nutrient-rich salad. It’s just as good chilled for lunch the next day, so consider doubling the recipe.

Vegan roast spiced squash salad with tahini dressing

12. Feta, beetroot & pomegranate salad

Enjoy something lighter for lunch with this bright beetroot and feta salad. It’s low-calorie and flavoured with mint, parsley, cinnamon and cumin. For a more substantial meal, add some cooked grains or a handful of walnuts.

Feta, beetroot & pomegranate salad with feta

13. Winter cobb salad

Use up leftover chicken from your Sunday roast to make our take on a classic cobb salad. It’s great for colder months when you need something more substantial.

Winter cobb salad with chicken, bacon and boiled eggs

14. Quinoa salad with shredded greens & raisins

Showcase quinoa in this wonderful salad with shredded seasonal greens, avocado, feta and raisins. If you’re not a fan of quinoa, you could always use another wholegrain.

Quinoa salad with shredded greens and raisins

15. Beetroot & halloumi salad with pomegranate & dill

This healthy salad is a marriage of flavours. Salty halloumi works wonderfully with juicy orange, sweet pomegranate, fresh mint and bitter rocket. You can come back to this recipe all-year round.

Beetroot & halloumi salad with pomegranate and dill with fresh herbs and seeds

16. Bacon & avocado warm orzo pasta salad

Reimagine pasta salad and make a warm version using orzo – one of our all-time favourite ingredients – instead. Simply stir through pesto, tomatoes, avocado and crispy bacon and you’re into a real winner.

Bacon & avocado warm pasta salad

17. Next-level chicken caesar salad

Whatever the time of year, you need a good chicken caesar salad recipe to add to your repertoire. The punchy flavours come from garlic, parmesan, mustard and anchovy. To take it to the next level, we’ve made crackling from the chicken skin.

Next-level chicken caesar salad

18. Shaved pear, cheese & bresaola salad

Make the most of pears and chicory while they’re in season with this rustic salad. Cured beef, walnuts and blue cheese elevate it to something really special.

Shaved pear, cheese & bresaola salad

19. Minty carrot, pistachio & feta salad

This Moroccan-style salad with cumin-roasted carrots, chickpeas, mint, nuts, spinach and salty cheese is great with cooked chicken or lamb. Alternatively, serve with hummus and pitta for a simple meat-free meal.

Minty carrot, pistachio & feta salad on a pink plate

20. Beetroot, lentil, celeriac & hazelnut salad

A lovely, wintry salad using fresh, seasonal ingredients that you can serve warm or cold. Bright beetroot, crunchy hazelnuts and a punchy mustard dressing are the stars of the show.

Beetroot, lentil, celeriac & hazelnut salad

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