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5 Healthy, Warming Winter Salads from Around the Web

Many of us start out 2014 with the goal to eat healthier by consuming more fruits and vegetables and reducing carbs — aka eating more salads. But who wants to eat a chilly lunch or dinner when it's below freezing outside? Enter these five tasty salads that are both healthy and warming.
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Some of the most common New Year's Resolutions are to eat better, lose weight, focus on health, and improve a junk food-rich diet. What better way to achieve those goals then to jump on the salad train? Unfortunately, chilly temps, unexpected blizzards, and dark days are more suited to cheesy casseroles and pastas than cold dishes filled with raw veggies. Salads may be super-healthy, but they're hardly comfort food — until now. It's time to meet the warm salad. These healthy dishes often feature sauteed, roasted, or steamed veggies, hearty whole grains, and plenty of complex flavor. Serve them with soup for an extra-toasty lunch or dinner. We tracked down five filling salads that will keep you healthy, full, and warm all winter long.  

Warm Kale Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts via A Food Centric Life
 

Warm Kale SaladPhoto: Sally Cameron / Food Centric Life

This dish may look like a bit of an ugly duckling, but it more than makes up for it in flavor. Blanch ribbons of kale, then mix them with sauteed shallots, cranberries, walnuts, and garlic. 

Superfood Salad with Black Rice, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Goji Berries, Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds via Del Sole
 

Superfood SaladPhoto: Licia Accorsi / Del Sole

The name really says it all for this one-bowl wonder. This recipe requires a bit of work (making rice, roasting sweet potatoes and butternut squash), but after all the ingredients are prepped it comes together pretty quickly. Plus, it's loaded with flavors from sweet to savory to salty to rich. Yum! 

Freekeh with Brussels Sprouts, Apple, Dried Cranberries, Honey & Pomegranate via Food Wanderings

Freekeh Salad
Photo: Shulie Madnick / Food Wanderings

We're freekeh-n excited to make this dish several times over the winter. It features cold-weather produce like Brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, onions, and apples. Plus, it keeps in the fridge for up to five days, so there's no excuse not to make a big batch at the beginning of the week.

Roasted Curried Carrot Salad with Raisins and Pine Nuts via The Kitchy Kitchen

Curried Carrot Salad
Photo: Claire Thomas / The Kitchy Kitchen

Wake up your taste buds with this savory-sweet carrot recipe. With fresh mint, a curry vinaigrette, and toasted pine-nuts, this beta-carotene-rich salad woud make an equally delicious light lunch or side dish. 

Warm Chicken Salad with Chili and Spinach via Foodmanna

Warm Chicken Salad
Photo: Sandra Sim / Foodmanna

For days when you need a heartier lunch, turn to this salad that's loaded with pan-roasted chicken, tomatoes, peppers, spinach, and baby corn. The onion, garlic, terragon, and red chili peppers will keep your taste buds entertained, too. 

What are your favorite warm-but-healthy recipes to kick off the New Year on a nutritious note? Share 'em in the comments below or get in touch on Twitter @SophBreene.

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