For salad devotees – those who habitually pack a wholesome lunch during the warmer months – wintertime grazing can present a challenge. A cold day might have your stomach grumbling for hot dishes, while your head tells you to stay away from the heavier lunch options on offer (we’re looking at you, hot chips). Never fear, you can fill your belly and get your crunchy vegetable fix with hearty salads for cold weather.
The combination of your preferred protein source, fresh and flavoursome vegetables and leaves, a sprinkling of grains or nuts, and even a little cheese, presents the mix-ins that make a salad worth looking forward to come lunchtime.
Bulk up your salads for wintertime noshing
- If you’re after something that’ll keep you satisfied long after lunchtime, a fresh pasta salad might be your answer. This pasta salad with eggs, peas and asparagus, and this tuna and pesto pasta salad, will satiate with protein, greens and grains.
- Winter means root vegetables become a welcomed staple salad ingredient. Feast on smoked yoghurt and carrot salad, maple-roasted mushroom and carrot salad, and warm Moroccan avocado and roast vegetable salad.
- Adding a little cheese to your salad can help to keep things interesting and flavoursome. Enjoy helpings of candied chestnut, blue cheese and fennel salad, a grilled chicken, heirloom tomato and boccocini combination, or a pea, pesto and farro salad with shaved parmesan to top.
- If you’d like to try getting creative with grains, try this eggplant and Israeli couscous salad, and this spin on tabbouleh with burghul.
- Sprinkle in some chopped nuts for a little something extra, like walnuts in this grilled pear, rocket and prosciutto salad, or macadamias in this barbecue mushroom and lamb salad. If you enjoy seeds, this delicious roast carrot, goats cheese and beetroot salad with crisp lentils is scattered with pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, for an extra crunch.
Hearty, winter salad recipes to try
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