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
For the salad
- 2 cups brussels sprouts, sliced
- olive oil
- 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.
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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JennaDecember 17, 2022 at 8:53 am
This sounds so good, pinned!
Catherine SokolowskiDecember 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!
NicolleDecember 19, 2022 at 6:16 am
Oh wonderful! Let me know how it comes out Catherine! Happy Holidays!
CharityDecember 18, 2022 at 2:03 pm
Yum! This looks like the perfect winter salad! I will have to try it out!
NicolleDecember 19, 2022 at 6:15 am
Thanks Charity! It’s so easy!
April | Chaos & WineDecember 19, 2022 at 8:13 am
This looks delicious and I was just looking for a great salad for Christmas dinner!
Kirsten SmithDecember 19, 2022 at 8:27 am
Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!
Michelle LatinovichDecember 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!
CaraDecember 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!
CarolDecember 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.
DonnaDecember 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!
NicolleDecember 30, 2022 at 7:54 am
Awww yayyyy thank you so much Donna! Have a happy New Year!