Warm Winter Salads

Warm Lentil and Root Vegetable Salad with Coconut Tzatziki 

Hearty root vegetables and lentils make this warm salad from Sakara Life the perfect vegetarian main dish. It’s paired with a pleasantly sweet and tangy coconut yogurt tzatziki that is packed with healthy fats.

Warm Fennel-and-Bitter Greens Salad

Grace Parisi makes a crunchier version of chef Danielle Custer’s warm salad with bitter greens, radishes, fennel and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Warm Mushroom Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Chef Kevin Willmann likes using the mushrooms his local cultivators bring in. “Oyster mushrooms are the awesomest,” he says, though any mix of wild mushrooms would be delicious in this salad.

Warm Mushroom and Charred Onion Salad 

Fat Rice chef Abraham Conlon cooks a variety of meaty wild mushrooms with Madeira, garlic and lemon juice, then combines them with charred onions for a luscious and tangy dish. If you can’t get spring onions, use a combination of small shallots and scallions.

Warm Spinach Salad with Cannellini Beans and Shrimp

The combination of sweet shrimp and meaty little cannellini beans here transforms a simple warm spinach salad.

Warm Winter-Vegetable Salad

Winter vegetables like carrots, beets, parsnips and celery root are still plentiful in March and are terrific when roasted until sweet and blistered. Sophie Dahl loves the vegetables’ vibrant colors on dreary days.

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Preparing the salad dressing is a multistep process that includes letting chopped shallots soak up the flavors of mustard, thyme and vinegar before mixing them with olive oil.

We suggest that you start the salad dressing in a skillet (no marinating involved), then finish it in a bowl with all the other ingredients.

Warm Duck-and-Cabbage Salad

More and more specialty-food stores are selling duck confit legs, but in a pinch, rotisserie chicken works well, too.

Warm Potato Salad with Pancetta and Brown Butter Dressing

Gabriel Rucker uses nutty brown butter instead of oil in a warm vinaigrette for a summer vegetable salad.

Inspired by Rucker’s vinaigrette, Grace Parisi whisks brown butter into a tangy, mustardy dressing for creamy fingerling potatoes.

Warm Spaghetti-Squash Salad

Mild spaghetti squash is delicious with potent ingredients like the olives and feta in this lemony salad, which makes a wonderful starter or side dish.

Warm Chicory Salad with Mushrooms

For this hearty salad, Marjorie Taylor sautés fresh wild mushrooms, but occasionally, she substitutes sliced pears.

Squash, Apple and Warm Lentil Salad

Lemony lentils are completely delicious on sweet spice-roasted squash and apples.

Sweet Potato and Mushroom Salad

Combining savory miso with mustard and oil creates a delicious dressing that’s especially good with these roasted sweet potatoes.

Spinach-and-Shrimp Salad with Chile Dressing

Brown Rice Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, Mint, and Feta

This bright brown rice dish can be served warm, or chilled and served as a salad or side.

Warm White Bean Salad with Smoked Trout

Dried beans are one of the best things to prepare in a pressure cooker: After a 30-minute quick-soak, the beans become creamy in just seven minutes.

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