When you think about food that's popular around this time of year, salads don't usually come to mind. With all the traditional cookies, candy and meat-heavy meals, you could easily go the entire season without touching a leaf of lettuce. However, for those of us who prefer eating healthy, or simply for a palate-refresher after all that heaviness, there are a whole bunch of seasonal salad recipes that combine the flavors of the holidays with essential veggie-borne vitamins and minerals. Here are just a few:
- Spinach pomegranate salad: For this particularly easy salad option, toss together spinach, crumbled walnuts, pomegranate seeds and a bit of feta cheese. The red and green of the spinach and pomegranate make it a perfect option for the holiday table, plus pomegranates and spinach are both chock full of vital nutrients. Top with balsamic vinaigrette.
- Roasted squash and beet salad: This salad has the richness that's expected of holiday dishes without all the calories. Roasted beets and squash provide a nutty, filling base; add slightly spicy or bitter greens like arugula or mustard greens to balance them out.
- Roquefort pear salad: With its combination of creamy, tangy bleu cheese and sweet pear, this salad is almost a dessert. Add caramelized pecans for an extra crunchy sweet touch, and finish it off with a red wine vinaigrette.
- Harvest slaw: Mix together chopped apples, shredded red cabbage, walnuts and dried cranberries for a holiday take on coleslaw that's less creamy and more tangy-sweet. Use a honey-based dressing to complement the fruit and nut flavors.
Whichever salad you choose to make this season, be sure to serve it in one of our our stainless steel salad bowls, now on sale for the holidays for under $15. Contact us for more ideas on stainless steel accessories for the holidays.