18 Cozy Warm Salad Recipes for Winter

Cold weather is still upon us, but that doesn’t†have to mean giving up delicious, good-for-you†salads. These warm salads will keep you feeling happy and healthy all winter long.

Vegans don’t always eat salad, but when we do, we want them to be hearty and filling. These warm salads†are healthy, winter comfort food. You can serve them as appetizers or dish up generous bowlfuls to make them the main event.

What is a warm salad?

If you’re new to warm salads, the idea might seem gross.†Maybe you’re picturing a heaping bowl of slimy, cooked lettuce? But no! Warm salads are actually a taste and texture sensation.

Not everything in your bowl has to be warm. Maybe you start with a base of crisp, mixed salad greens but top them with freshly cooked†beans, steamy roasted vegetables, or a warm salad dressing.†You can also start with warm greens, though, like wilted kale. Or skip the greens entirely and go with warm grains as the base.

You get the idea: mix cooked ingredients with fresh veggies, toss with a good dressing and you’re in business.

Warm Salads for Winter

Warm Kale Salad with Avocado

Warm Kale Salad

Omit the honey or substitute maple syrup or agave nectar for a totally vegan version of this recipe. The avocado and sesame seeds give this winter dish healthy protein and fat to keep you feeling full.

Warm Sweet Potato Salad

Pan-fried sweet potato over mixed salad greens with creamy cilantro dressing is a cozy, satisfying†warm salad.

Warm Spinach Salad from Vegan Heritage Press

Spinach Salad with Warm Pecan Dressing

A†beautiful mix of seasonal greens, flavorful quinoa and a warm dressing.†This is a meal in a bowl!

Roasted Ratatouille Salad

Warm, roasted vegetables over butter lettuce are perfect with†Dianne’s†herb-infused vinaigrette.

Warm Quinoa Spinach Salad with Butternut Squash and Apple from Veggie Inspired Journey

Quinoa Spinach Salad w/Butternut Squash & Apple

The roasted squash and warm quinoa in this recipe wilt the spinach just a bit, so it’s still a little crunchy.

Roasted Sweet Potato and Broccoli Salad

The pumpkin seeds and creamy Cilantro Tahini Dressing make this warm bowl of salad†a stick-to-your ribs meal.

Pho Fusion Salad from Fried Dandelions

Pho Fusion Salad

Soup meets salad in one†satisfying, healthy bowl.

Smoky Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad

Dreena shares lots of fun ways to serve up this warm, seasonal salad recipe.

Delicata Squash and Persimmon Salad from Cadrys Kitchen

Delicata Squash & Persimmon Salad

This is one of my favorite recipes from Cadry. It’s so simple, delicious and comforting. A perfect fall or winter appetizer or meal!

Savoy Cabbage with Oyster Mushrooms

Cool, crispy savoy cabbage is a perfect contrast to deeply seasoned mushrooms, hot off of the stove.

Sweet Potato Caesar Salad from Contentedness Cooking

Sweet Potato Caesar Salad

Florian gives a traditional Caesar salad a warm, cozy, vegan makeover.

Roast Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Who says that a salad needs lettuce? Quinoa is a filling, healthy base for this veggie-packed warm salad.

Waikiki Breakfast Salad from Spabettie

Waikiki Breakfast Salad

Warm, sticky rice and easy poppyseed dressing are the stars of†Kristina’s Hawaiian vacation-inspired breakfast salad.

Quinoa Salad Bowl†with Chilli Spiced Chickpeas, Wilted Kale, Pear, and Garlic Chipotle Mayo

That’s a mouthful! This salad is†no appetizeróit’s the main event all the way.

Warm Autumn Quinoa Salad from Love Me Feed Me

Warm Autumn Quinoa Salad

Roasted winter squash and tempeh with warm quinoa over fresh salad greens is a perfect balance of flavors and textures.

Quinoa Lentil Salad

What can I say? Quinoa is a popular addition to warm salads. In this satisfying recipe, it teams up with warm lentils and fresh, crisp veggies.

Vegan Breakfast Kale Salad by Becky Striepe

Breakfast Kale Salad

Massaged kale is the base for this warm salad recipe, which is basically a deconstructed breakfast sandwich.

Autumn Kale Salad with Warm Pumpkin Vinaigrette

Raw†fruits and veggies get a warm-up from sweet-and-sour pumpkin vinaigrette.

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Cooler weather is rolling in, but that doesn't have to mean giving up delicious, good-for-you salads. These warm salads will keep you feeling happy and healthy all winter long.

Image Credits: All images by recipe authors, used with permission.


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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. Dutkaabout a month ago

Will definitely be trying some of these starting tomorrow. Happy eating everyone :)

Thomas M
Thomas Mabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing

Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a month ago

They all look yummy Thank you for caring and sharing

Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a month ago

Very informative Thank you for caring and sharing

Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a month ago

Great information and advice Thank you for caring and sharing

Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a month ago

Very interesting article Thank you for caring and sharing

Jennifer M
Jennifer Mabout a month ago

very hungry after reading this

Lenore K
Lenore Kabout a month ago