You don’t often read winter and salad together, but I’ll tell you this is the secret to staying happy and nourished all winter long. Raw vegetables are rich in enzymes and vitamins that are easy to absorb and make digestion a breeze.

Sticking to seasonal vegetables for your winter salads is challenging, but not impossible. Both beets and kale are hearty winter vegetables that retain their tastiness and nutritional worth even through the harsh winter months. Pair with that some healthy fats from avocado and vitamin C from fresh lemons and you’ve got yourself a salad fit for a queen in the middle of winter!

Here’s the recipe for one of my favorite winter salad recipes.

winter salad

Simple Kale and Beet Winter Salad

5 from 1 vote
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 379 kcal


  • Large Pot
  • Steam Basket


  • 1-2 beets steamed OR use BPA FREE canned beets in water
  • 1 bunch kale chopped
  • 1 tsp dried basil or a handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds optional


  • If using raw beets, place a large pot with an inch of water on the stove over high heat.
  • Place a steam basket inside.
  • Chop the beets into quarters and place in the steam basket.
  • Cover and steam the beets for about 10 to 12 minutes until they can be easily pricked with a fork.
  • Remove from heat and let cool and slice into thin strips. Set to the side.
  • Cook quinoa according to the instructions on the package. Set to the side.
  • Add the kale, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper to a large bowl.
  • Use clean hands to massage the kale until all the ingredients are well mixed and the kale is wilted.
  • Top with beets, avocado, 1/4 cup of the quinoa and pumpkin seeds (optional).


Calories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 10gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 99mgPotassium: 1252mgFiber: 12gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 6667IUVitamin C: 121mgCalcium: 148mgIron: 4mg
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