Seasonal Sundays (Week 5) The Art of Winter Salads

Mid-winter, it's too easy to forget to fill our plates with vegetables. What comes so easily during summer takes a little more thinking, effort ... dare I say? artfulness ... to putting fresh salads on the table. So today I've collected seven winter-salad recipes and do hope you find yourself inspired by every single one! Is there a new family favorite among them? Just maybe!

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Ooof. It's been one endless wet, gray and foggy week.

And of course, that's just the weather. Sure, it affects our moods, our willingness to get out.

But at the same time, whatever is going on outside, new babies are welcomed into the world, hard-working folks get big promotions, the Chiefs pull out a win!

And whatever is going on outside, there's SALAD, even if winter salads take a bit more thought and some times effort compared to the ease and simplicity of summer salads.

Here are some ideas for re-thinking winter salads. Actual recipes, of course, below!

  • Experiment with salad vegetables that might be overlooked during the growing season. We are blessed with a food distribution that delivers fresh produce from across the world to our very doorsteps, should we wish. Think of these: celery + winter squash + eggplant + canned/jarred artichokes + carrots + fennel + beets + turnip + poblano + sweet potato + cabbage + kohlrabi + what's on your list?! (Wanna check out actual recipes for these? You'll love the A-Z of Vegetables from A Veggie Venture.)
  • Convert summer favorites into inventive winter fare, my current obsession is a traditional tomato Panzanella except made with roasted butternut squash and fennel, maybe with sunflower seeds but definitely keeping the toasted bread cubes, rye, I think.
  • Start with (or throw in some) beans & grains & pulses for extra heartiness.
  • Make it a warm salad!
  • Roast the vegetables!
  • Find substitutes for the ubiquitous salad tomatoes, me, I'm thinking roasted squash, roasted peppers, roasted beets, roasted carrots, roasted eggplant, maybe even mango, pineapple and avocado?!

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: It's been so foggy in the mornings, we can't even see across the street. It's emblematic, too. None of us can really see the future, can we?

In Praise Of ...

  • ... we loved the movie Military Wives, it's streaming all over the place, Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime, more.
  • ... the brand-new Trader Joe's eggplant curry I sampled this week, 'twas fabulous! I need to make my own!

Made Me Think ...

  • "But when we run, that's for us." ~ Amanda Gorman
  • Every Woman's Marathon, November 16th, 2004, Savannah, Georgia

Useful Links This Month

Let me just presume that if you're reading this, well, you're both a cook and a recipe collector. Don't the two kinda go together? And that means you tuck aside interesting recipe ideas all over the place and then, dang, where is that chicken recipe that looked so good anyway? Here's an idea. Start a folder on your phone, call it "Kitchen Parade" or "Alanna" or whatever makes best sense to you. Then save the recipes you're most interested in right there in one place. Easy Peasy.

January: Reader Favorites

How to Poach a Perfect Egg ♥, the Cook's Illustrated technique. So easy, you'll never forget!

January: Lost Recipes

Beef Bourguignon (French Beef Stew) ♥ Three days of preparation, one magnificant feast.

THE SEASONAL SEVEN: The Art of Winter Salads

Winter Tomato Salad (Quick Pickled Vegetables) ♥, winter tomatoes worth eating! Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Quick. Great for Meal Prep. Naturally Gluten Free.

Winter Greens Salad with Oranges, Avocado, Olives, Feta & Orange-Cumin Vinaigrette, another simple seasonal salad ♥

Best-Ever Lentil Salad with an unusual cooking technique ♥ A Veggie Venture

Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables ♥, barely roasted, big chunks meant for casual sharing. Vegan. WW Friendly. Low Carb.

Simple Lentil Salad with Seasonal Vegetables ♥, a concept recipe, a supper salad that starts with meaty lentils and whatever vegetables are on hand or appeal.

Roasted Pear Salad ♥, pears roasted then steeped in a wine and butter sauce and served on salad greens with toasted goat cheese. An elegant salad worthy of a special occasion.

Green Cabbage Salad with Fresh Lime Vinaigrette, another fresh, healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture. Vegan. Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep. Weight Watchers Friendly.

The Kitchen Parade Almanac: Looking Ahead ...

  • February 2nd (Friday) - Groundhog Day
  • February 10th (Wednesday) - Lunar New Year
  • February 11th (duh, Sunday) - Superbowl Sunday
  • February 13th (Tuesday) - Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Night
  • February 14th (Wednesday) - Valentine's
  • February 14th (Wednesday) - Ash Wednesday / Beginning of Lent
  • Fridays During Lent - Friday Fish
  • February 19th (Monday) - President's Day
  • February 29th (Thursday) - Leap Day 2024
  • March 1st (Friday) - Alanna's Unofficial First Day of Spring
  • March 10th (Sunday)- "spring forward" time change
  • March 12th (Tuesday) - Equal Pay Day
  • March 14th (Thursday) - Pi Day
  • March 16th (Saturday) - St. Urho's Day
  • March 17th (Sunday) - St. Patrick's Day
  • March 19th (Tuesday) - First Official Day of Spring
  • March 28th (Thursday) - Baseball Opening Day!
  • March 31st (Sunday) - Easter (yikes! soooo early!)
Football Fever! ♥, a fun, football-friendly collection of game-changing recipes for Superbowl parties. Party on!

A collection of recipes for Mardi Gras ♥
  • THE COLLECTION Mardi Gras Cajun and Creole straight from N'awlins.
  • ALL THE HOLIDAYS All the Holidays Year-round food for fun and celebration.

Make Tonight a Pancake Night ♥ Move over Taco Tuesday and Pizza Friday!

A collection of recipes for Valentine's Day ♥

Looking Back ...

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week.

Roasted Cauliflower, another vegetable classic ♥, recipe plus tips and tricks. Vegan. Gluten Free. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.
  • THIS WEEK Isn't it just a little too easy to forget the basics? Roasted Cauliflower was actually the first recipe to kick off A Veggie Venture way back in 2005. This week, I added a little grated Parmesan during the last 2 minutes, put it in a bowl topped with some poached salmon and a drizzle of no-herb bbq version of My Everyday Creamy Herb Salad Dressing. Such a healthy meal! So good!
  • THE RECIPE Roasted Cauliflower The classic, including my tips and tricks.

Just Updated!

Gashouse Eggs ♥, the old-time favorite with so many different names, just bread and an egg fried together. Medicinal properties, I swear.

My Chicken Noodle Soup ♥, meaty and noodle-y with a special technique to plump up just a few noodles. Low Carb. High Protein.

Beef Stew with Cranberries (Swedish Kalops) ♥, an old-fashioned recipe for Swedish Kalops, chunks of beef slow-cooked with onions and cranberry.

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  • Any ideas for Seasonal Sundays? Share away!
  • Who's kinda happy for a deep freeze? It's so good for the earth, the plants ...
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