Winter salad is the traditional side dish during the cold winter months when everyone wishes they could eat something other than cabbage. The reason that it is a staple of the diet is the fact that it is very healthy and full of nutrients that will help us stay fit and keep our bodies feeling good. In fact, it is a great way to make sure that you are not increasing your calorie intake because of unhealthy foods like potato chips, pizza, candy bars, and cookies during this time of year. It is also a good way to be different because often times we crave those types of things so much that we will turn to something that is unhealthy just to satisfy our cravings. You don’t have to make the same mistakes that so many others are making by changing your eating habits when the cold weather hits.
Winter salad is a very versatile dish that can be made with all types of greens. There is really no defined recipe that you need to follow in order to come up with a wonderful winter dish. In fact, you may find that you come up with a better and more unique recipe than you have ever thought of by trying something out of the ordinary and different.
To make a delicious winter salad, you will need to start with some winter fruits that are hardy and can handle the cold weather. One of the most common vegetables that people like to eat is celery. It is a great choice to have celery winter salad. Start with thinly sliced celery and add some carrots and a few green onions. You will want to toss in about one inch of green lettuce as well.
To make a more extravagant winter salad you can add blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, and pineapples. These fruits are all excellent choices and will add a lot of sweetness and a lot of crunch to your salad. You can add a spoonful of crumbled cheeses like parmesan or Colby-Pepper Jack cheese on top. You can serve this salad with crisp cole slaw or your favorite spicy tuna salad.
To make it more appealing add some dressings to it. Avocado mayonnaise works wonders for dressings, Thousand Island, and ranch dressing also do wonders for salads. Whatever dressings you use just remember to be as natural as possible with your dressing. Sprinkle your vegetables with bread crumbs or croutons to give it a nice, raw taste.
The hardest thing about making a great winter salad isn’t the preparation part at all. It’s getting the veggies in there and arranging them in the salad bowl. I’ve found that having smaller containers helps make things go a lot easier. I usually keep a large salad bowl and a few smaller containers on hand and I rarely have to worry about how many vegetables I have to get in there. All you have to do is throw whatever ingredients you have into that container and you’re good to go!