THE BLOG

8 Bright Salads To Beat The Winter Blues

After the holidays, January can feel like a gray, gloomy month. But a delicious, colorful salad is sure to lift your spirits. These recipes are so good you won't even realize you're eating healthy.
01/07/2017 08:29am ET | Updated January 6, 2018
This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.

After the holidays, January can feel like a gray, gloomy month. But a delicious, colorful salad is sure to lift your spirits. These recipes are so good you won't even realize you're eating healthy.

2017-01-05-1483646237-7516995-MoroccanCarrotSalad.jpg

Fragrant spices, bright colors, sweet and savory flavors -- this Moroccan salad is a feast for the senses. GET THE RECIPE

2017-01-05-1483647062-1335872-cranberrydijondressing.jpg

Made with puréed fresh cranberries, this pretty-in-pink dressing will brighten any salad. I love it over mixed greens, sliced apples, toasted walnuts, and goat cheese. GET THE RECIPE

2017-01-06-1483669525-1715800-CitrusandPomegranateFruitSalad.jpg

This salad of oranges, grapefruits and juicy pomegranate seeds is the perfect antidote to all the overindulgence of the holidays -- and it's beautiful to boot. GET THE RECIPE

2017-01-05-1483646406-5953047-bulgursalad.jpg

Made with bulgur, fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, and buttery chickpeas, this Middle Eastern salad is like a bulked-up tabbouleh. Make it over the weekend and keep it in the fridge all week long for healthy lunches. GET THE RECIPE

2017-01-05-1483647622-2155351-kaleappleandpancettasalad.jpg

With shredded kale, crisp pancetta, tart apples, and crunchy pecans in a zingy maple vinaigrette, this winter salad ticks all the right taste buttons. GET THE RECIPE

2017-01-06-1483669875-3661240-asianslaw.jpg

Always a crowd-pleaser, this delicious Asian slaw is a great way to eat your colors. Bonus: the recipe makes use of many of the prepared vegetables available at the supermarket today, like shredded coleslaw, grated carrots and shelled edamame. GET THE RECIPE

2017-01-06-1483670372-7335576-roastedpeppersalad.jpg

This salad of sweet and smoky bell peppers topped with feta, pine nuts, basil and olives looks gorgeous on a platter and pairs perfectly with toasted pita bread. GET THE RECIPE

2017-01-07-1483795232-8075419-KaleBrusselsSproutSalad.jpg

Made with crisp power greens, toasted walnuts, chunks of Parmesan, and a lemony Dijon dressing -- this salad tastes like a healthful, crunchy Caesar. Be prepared to love it, even if you're not a kale or brussels sprouts person. GET THE RECIPE