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Winter Greens Salads

Salad of Winter Greens

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Winter Greens Salads

As much as we like a warming stew in the slow cooker, I also appreciate a fresh winter salad. In fact, they go well together.  The crisp bitter greens are a nice palate cleanser and contrast to a rich, meaty stew. You can make this salad with a mix of seasonal greens: mizuna, arugula, beet greens and chicory.

You can adjust and change the combination, depending on what’s in the fridge and market.  Keep in mind a variety of leaves and colors makes for a variety of flavor combinations and a very pretty presentation on your plate. Dried cranberries, toasted walnuts and or pistachios add chewy, crunchy substance to the greens as well as a touch of sweetness and salt.

Making fresh vinaigrette makes the meal experience even better.  There are not a lot of things tastier than something made fresh for each salad verses reaching for the same ‘ol bottle of commercially prepared dressing.

Winter Greens Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios
Serves 4-6


8 cups mixed winter greens, such as frisée, arugula, mustard, beet greens, chicory, mizuna
2-3 baby carrots, sliced on the diagonal
1 handful fresh flat leaf parsley and/or cilantro sprigs
2 Tablespoons dried cranberries
2 Tablespoons shelled pistachios

Wash and dry the salad leaves. Place in a large bowl. Coarsely chop carrot greens if using. Scatter carrot greens, carrots, parsley, cranberries and nuts over the leaves. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette:
3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 small shallot, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil


Prepare vinaigrette. Combine vinegar, shallot, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in oil in a steady stream to emulsify.


By Kris Boulton
County Extension Agent - FCS
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Kris Boulton
County Extension Agent - FCS
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
1605 Edison Ave Benton AR 72015
(501) 303-5672

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