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Easy winter salad recipe

Winter salad

This is the best easy winter salad recipe. I am known in the family for making the best salads and it’s a title I take seriously. This one is perfect for Christmas or New Years too. Roasted brussel sprouts add a nice flavor, topped with pomegranate arils that look like little jewels and the cinnamon candied nuts for the perfect sweet crunch! It’s great paired with pork, turkey or a beef.  I’m sharing my recipe below.

Easy Winter Salad Recipe

Easy Winter Salad


For the salad

  • 2 cups brussels sprouts, sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • dash of cinnamon
  • For the greens I like to use frisee, kale, spring mix, or a half and half blend of spinach and arugula
  • 2 pears, sliced
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 log goat cheese crumbled

For the dressing

  • 1/2  cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp  honey
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • dash of salt to taste


1.) Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

2.) On a sheet pan lined with foil, divide the pan in half. On one side toss the brussel sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper. On the other side add the nuts, maple syrup, and cinnamon, coating evenly. Sprinkle the nuts with salt. Bake in the oven until roasted about 15-29 minutes. Be sure to stir the nuts periodically.

3.) While the brussel sprouts and nuts are roasting, in a large salad bowl, add the greens, sliced pears, pomegranate arils goat cheese.

4.) Once the brussel sprouts and nuts are roasted, remove from the oven and add into the salad. Toss evenly.

5.) When ready to serve, prepare the dressing. Add all of the dressing ingredients into a mason jar, top and shake. Then lightly pour over the salad.


easy winter salad with roasted brussel sprouts, pomegranate arils and pears

Easy winter salad recipe with brussel sprouts, pears and candied nuts


As always I love to see what you create! So if you make this, tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!


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For more of my favorite salads check out

My Peach Arugula Salad – this is nice in the summer

My Reuben Salad Bowl – perfect if you love a good Reuben Sandwich


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    December 17, 2022 at 8:53 am

    This sounds so good, pinned!

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    Catherine Sokolowski
    December 17, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Your salad looks so delicious! I have pinned it and will definitely be making it for my daughter-in-law who asked me to make brussels sprouts for Christmas dinner. I would love to surprise her with this salad!

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      December 19, 2022 at 6:16 am

      Oh wonderful! Let me know how it comes out Catherine! Happy Holidays!

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    December 18, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Yum! This looks like the perfect winter salad! I will have to try it out!

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      December 19, 2022 at 6:15 am

      Thanks Charity! It’s so easy!

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    April | Chaos & Wine
    December 19, 2022 at 8:13 am

    This looks delicious and I was just looking for a great salad for Christmas dinner!

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    Kirsten Smith
    December 19, 2022 at 8:27 am

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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    Michelle Latinovich
    December 19, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    I’m always looking for more yummy recipes with brussel sprouts! Can’t wait to try this salad! yum!

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    December 22, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you for linking up to https://www.vintagestylegal.com/2022/12/whimsy-home-wednesday-no-9.html Nicolle! This sounds yummy! I love brussels spouts and am always searching out new recipe for them!

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    December 29, 2022 at 10:28 am

    What a great recipe! It looks both healthy and delicious. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 46.

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    December 29, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Hey Nicolle! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe at the Fabulous Friday Link Party! I’m excited to tell you we’ll be featuring it tomorrow! Thanks!

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      December 30, 2022 at 7:54 am

      Awww yayyyy thank you so much Donna! Have a happy New Year!

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    Esme Slabbert
    December 15, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    Awesome I can make this vegan and GF, love it. Pinned it
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    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    December 16, 2023 at 2:39 pm

    What a beautiful salad – I love the flavor combs. Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party –

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