These recipes come together in 15 minutes or less and are just right for serving alongside your favorite fall and winter mains.

By Kelly Vaughan
February 12, 2021
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Passover Spread
Credit: Stephen Kent Johnson

We're all for preparing one-pot dinners during autumn and winter. They're easy to prepare, family-friendly, and super comforting—in short, they're just what you need once the leaves fall and the temperatures drop. However, sometimes what's in that one pot (or skillet, or sheet pan) is not filling enough for a full meal. That's where these quick and easy side salad recipes come in. Using seasonal ingredients like kale, citrus, and persimmons, they're just the thing to serve alongside a warm and comforting meal. Ahead, we're sharing seven of our favorite 15-minute and under salad recipes.

winter caprese salad topped with chives
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Winter Caprese Salad

Tangerines, which are at their peak in winter, are paired with hothouse tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and chives in this colorful salad. Serve it as an appetizer or alongside a hearty one-pot dinner, such as Three-Cheese Skillet Lasagna.

Spicy Pineapple & Peanut Salad recipe
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Spicy Pineapple-Peanut Salad

The contrast of sweet pineapple with spicy Thai chile peppers and salty peanuts is a flavorful combination that we'll never get tired of. Serve with our one-pot Chicken-and-Mushroom Congee.

Butter-Lettuce Salad With Avocado-Buttermilk Dressing

Butter-Lettuce Salad with Avocado-Buttermilk Dressing

This salad—a mix of crunchy butter lettuce, salty bacon, and bitter radishes—is plenty hearty for a side dish. Although you might prefer something lighter in summer, the tangy, creamy dressing made from ripe avocado, dill, lemon juice, and buttermilk is just right during chillier months.

Frisee Salad

Frisée Salad with Pistachios and Dijon Vinaigrette

Wild, curly frisée is not only fun to look at, but also has a fantastic texture. Together with pistachios and purple-red radicchio it makes a colorful, crunchy combination. Add in a Dijon dressing and you've got a genius winter salad.

fennel avocado and satsuma salad
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Fennel, Avocado, and Satsuma Salad

Thinly-sliced fennel and sliced avocado shine alongside segmented mandarin oranges in this simple winter side salad for two. Serve it with one of our seasonal one-pot dinners.

Persimmon and Escarole Salad with tomato
Credit: Raymond Hom

Persimmon and Escarole Salad

Sweet persimmons are in season during autumn, and their orange hue is a surefire bright spot at the dinner table. Here, they're tossed with escarole, then dressed with Champagne vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil.

Kale-Sesame Sakad
Credit: Bryan Gardner

Kale-Sesame Salad

Hearty kale is our favorite green to use during fall and winter, thanks to its deep hue, thick leaves, and big-time flavor. Here, we've dressed it with a savory combination of soy sauce, lime juice, and toasted sesame oil. It goes well with a one-pot recipe such as Cannellini-Bean and Greens Stew.

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