For most of us, the winter chill can tempt us to indulge in comfort foods and let go of our healthy eating goals. However, comfort food doesn’t have to mean unhealthy meals. Embrace the last stretch of the season by enjoying warm and satisfying salads that are not only delicious but also nourishing.
1. Roasted vegetable quinoa salad
This hearty salad combines the goodness of roasted winter vegetables with protein-packed quinoa. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of the vegetables, enhancing the overall taste. Combined with fluffy quinoa and dressed with a mix of apple cider vinegar and olive oil, this salad is a wholesome delight that will keep you feeling satisfied and energised.
2. Kale and butternut squash salad
Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system during the cold season. Paired with roasted butternut squash, roasted pumpkin seeds, and tangy goat cheese, this salad offers a delightful combination of flavours and textures. Drizzle with a warm balsamic vinaigrette for the finishing touch.
3. Lentil and roasted cauliflower salad
Lentils are an excellent source of plant-based protein and fibre, which helps keep you full and satisfied. In this salad, tender roasted cauliflower complements the nutty flavour of lentils, while fresh arugula adds a peppery kick. Finish it off with olive oil, vinegar and seasoning for a satisfying and protein-rich meal.
4. Winter Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
Beets are a seasonal delight during winter, and their sweet earthiness shines in this salad. When paired with creamy goat cheese and crunchy walnuts, the result is a delicious blend of flavours and textures. This salad is also rich in antioxidants and vitamins, making it a nutritious addition to your winter menu.
5. Bulgar wheat and chickpea salad
Bulgur wheat, a nutty and hearty grain, forms the base of this nourishing salad. Combined with protein-packed chickpeas, this dish provides a well-rounded meal that will keep you full and energized. The salad is further enhanced with fresh herbs and spices, creating a burst of flavour in every bite.
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