7 winter salads for vegan resolutions
When it’s bitter cold, the prospect of a salad for dinner sounds just as appealing as juicing in January. Why does this universal health kick start in the coldest part of winter, when our body only wants to forego strong, bubbly, high-carbohydrate meals (preferably from a baking dish)? We know one thing very well: hot salads are not the answer, but there are certain salads that contain hot elements and strong grains to make cool vegetables more appetizing in winter. These seven winter salads will keep your health goals up to date and provide a slight warming of the stomach with meals.
1. Christmas tree salad by Healthy Happy Life
This fruity green salad is still appropriate after the holidays. The mix mixes rainbow chard with a sweet mix of diced apples, oranges, red grapes and pomegranate seeds for a sour taste. A handful of roasted pecans offer delicious crunch and the citrus, slightly spicy apple cider and maple dressing toppers of these components in delicious harmony. Serve this salad as a hearty side dish or toss in a handful of chickpea beans for a richer meal.
2. BBQ seitan salad from The Nut-Free Vegan
With this simple vegan variant of the classic barbecue chicken salad, you can ring in the taste of summer in the dead of winter. The hot seitan with barbecue slather serves two purposes: it provides a much sought-after hot element to contrast the cool salad, and it adds a touch of ribs to your bowl of veggies and beans. You can opt for grilled seitan as this recipe calls for, or use your preferred vegan meat alternative (Roast Buffalo Wings would be great on this salad).
3. Nutty Crusted Butternut Squash Bowl with 10-seasoned chickpeas by Oh She Glows
This salad is robust. It’s also crispy, creamy, flavorful, and nutty all rolled into one. The maple tahini dressing is enough to whet your appetite for kale. Add the flavored chickpeas and thick slices of butternut squash with a nut crust and you have a meal that will take you through the toughest winter evenings.
4th Fried balsamic glazed vegetable salad from the vegan rhino
If you want to impress (or indulge) someone, this is the salad. It is a salad-free salad made from balsamic-glazed, roasted winter vegetables, which is stacked in an impressive tower and topped with alfalfa sprouts. Granted, if you’re not interested in snapping a photo for social media, this salad tastes just as good when hastily spooned into a huge mound on your plate.
5. Asian noodle salad with edamame & sweet ginger dressing of hot for food
Yes, pasta can be a salad. This kale-infused creation will remind you of your favorite food – without the post-meal coma. It’s packed with nutrients and antioxidants, and the crispy veggies contrast nicely with the chewy, slurpable chow mein noodles.
6th Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad by The Edgy Veg
For some reason, grain shells are so much more calming than salads, but they’re really one and the same thing. Whenever you whip up this salad, make extra sweet potatoes and quinoa because once you have the basic ingredients you can toss this recipe together in minutes. It is also extremely versatile and tasty and is served hot or cold. To make this even more extensive, add marinated tempeh.
7th Brussels sprouts butternut pumpkin salad by Vegan Yack Attack
The holidays are extremely Brussels sprouts, but if you haven’t had enough, add this festive salad to your January meal. The candied cranberries add a touch of tartness on a bed of roasted Brussels, spinach and sticky-sweet butternut squash slices.
Tanya Flink is a digital editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast who lives in Orange County, CA.
Credit: Healthy happy life