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Mediterranean Winter Salad Mediterranean Winter Salad

Is it over yet?!?!

Winter that is.  This weekend we were plunged into sub-zero temperatures for one of the first times this winter season.  I’m ready for it to be over! As someone who loves food and cooking, winter always seems very drab to me.  The produce selection is dismal and the winter produce I love hasn’t been met with a great reception by MarocBaba and the boys.  If only I could get them to love squash as much as I do!  (Hey, the brussels sprouts were a giant accomplishment).

We love big, hearty salads loaded with lettuce varieties, juicy tomatoes, crispy cucumbers, and handfuls of whatever else is fresh at the time. But right now the tomatoes are mealy, the cucumbers soft and lettuce wilting.  Not good.  So for this salad I looked to some other vegetables to make a great main dish accompaniment. Try this variation on a traditional lettuce salad.  It’s loaded with flavor, texture and vitamins!


  • kale
  • oven roasted beets
  • pine nuts
  • halloumi cheese
  • your favorite vinaigrette

To Roast Beets

Preheat oven to 275F.  Peel and quarter beets. Place on a baking sheet and slide into the oven.  Roast for 45 minutes – 1 hour until beets are cooked through.  They still should be slightly firm but easy to cut.  Allow the beets to cool completely and then dice.  You may want to use plastic gloves when handling the beets as they do stain.

To Assemble Salad 

Wash, dry and shred kale into bite size pieces. Add diced beets on top, as well as slivers of halloumi cheese. Sprinkle pine nuts over the top.  Finally drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite salad combination during the winter?

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  • Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

    January 22, 2013 #1 Author

    I love this salad. Doesn’t matter the time of year, I love salad with greens, a seasonal fruit, cheese, nuts, and a vinaigrette.


    • marocmama

      January 28, 2013 #2 Author

      It’s enough to live on in my book!


  • Kristina

    January 21, 2013 #3 Author

    not even a half hour ago I was lamenting the winter veggies, longing for a juicy summer peach! we have had a few peeks of spring like weather lately, and while I know it is WAY too early (frost this morning…) I am looking forward to warmer months, and the produce that comes along.

    kale is always one of my favorites, however, and this is a hearty salad for winter – perfect!


    • marocmama

      January 28, 2013 #4 Author

      I’m with you – I can’t wait for garden vegetables and sweet fruit!


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