I am fully aware that winter time is not the time where your thoughts are immediately drawn to thinking “let’s eat salad”. Let’s try to change that narrative today with this super warming, delicious, and absolutely divine Warm ingWinter Salad.
When I say this warm winter salad is ah-mazing, please believe me. In fact, anyone who knows me knows that I do not like to joke about my food 🤣. This recipe has everything:
- Dark leafy greens, for some extra antioxidant power;
- Crunch and texture in the form of sunflower and pomegranate seeds (also adding a nice dose of healthy fats and vitamin C);
- Onions and garlic for some additional immune system power;
- Roasted sweet potatoes for that dose of earthy deliciousness, and of course that vitamin A power, which also supports our immune system (amongst other things);
- Feta cheese for some salty deliciousness;
- All closed out by a beautiful, yet simple dressing of pumpkin seed oil, mustard, and some apple cider vinegar.
Sincerely speaking, you can thank me later 😉. Whether you like winter salads or not, let this be the recipe to “convince” you. You can totally have this dish as a starter, as part of your main alongside a protein of choice, or on its own. The world is your oyster with this one 🙌🏻.
Why is this Warming Winter Salad good for you?
Because I do not think I have ever covered it before, I thought it would be fun to talk about pomegranates today. Pomegranates are usually harvested between October and January, which make them perfectly seasonable right now. The little edible seeds inside a pomegranate are called arils. They are juicy, vibrant in color, and provide a great crunch. These seeds are also awesome health providers. They are rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. They are also a great source of fiber. Pomegranate seeds are also an excellent source of antioxidants. As I say time and time again, antioxidants are so supportive for our bodies and overall health. They are needed in order to reduce free radicals, and thereby – overall – reduce oxidative stress.
Thought research is currently limited, pomegranate seeds may also have some further really cool, potential, benefits. In several test-tube studies, one of the antioxidants was identified to have great anti-inflammatory properties. This evidence is also supported by research that shows inflammation markers are going down, when drinking pomegranate juice. The anti-inflammatory properties may also have a direct anti-tumor effect. Again, test tube studies have shown that pomegranate slowed down the growth of tumor and cancer cells. Last but not least, said anti-inflammatory benefits are also beneficial for your heart health. They help to lower your blood pressure and also avoid build-up of plaque that can lead to a stroke or heart attack. Altogether, although research is still developing, not too bad for such a small mighty seed!!
How can I adjust this Warm Winter Salad to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, and nut-free. If you would like to make it paleo or vegan, simply leave out the feta cheese. You can also swap the feta for vegan feta.
Similar Recipes on the Blog
Once I have convinced you to enjoy salads all year round, also be sure to try these beauties:
- Jackfruit Fajita Salad
- Spicy Peanut Butter Noodle Salad
- Roasted Veggie Salad with Almond Butter Dressing
- Fig and Arugula Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella
Also, be sure to check out my posts about how to transition your salads from summer to winter for some easy swaps and tricks to turn all salads into winter salad recipes. And that is it for this week, I hope you enjoyed this delicious excursion of a warming winter salad! As always, do let me know how you like the recipe by either leaving a comment below and/or rating the recipe. I love hearing from you! Happy warm salad recipe making!!