Most salads keep you cool on hot days but they can also keep you warm on cold winter nights and chilly days. A combination of hot and cold salad cooking recipes provides a comforting and satisfying sensation to get through the winter. End a perfect meal with easy desserts and delicious treats like puddings, cookies, soufflés, trifles, custard, crumble, and fruit parfaits.
Roasted root vegetable salad can provide you with a lot of nutrients and stimulate your appetite. You can also prepare cooking recipes as a side dish to main entrees. Parsnips, carrots red onions, turnips, baby potatoes, celeriac, sweet potatoes and beets are some of the vegetables you can roast, bringing out their sweet flavor. Slice them into uniform chunks and peel when necessary. Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar and arrange on a roasting pan. Roast in a 400 degrees F oven for 45 minutes or until tender and serve tossed with lettuce and its own cooking juices. Potato salad is a timeless starter or side dish you can prepare a number of different ways. You can make it more colorful with carrots or beetroots and serve it cold or warm. You can also make easy desserts with root vegetables such as carrot cake, apple carrot cupcake, banana carrot muffins, sweet potato cake, sweet potato pie, red beet velvet cake, and chocolate beetroot brownies.
Winter squash or pumpkin is a versatile ingredient that can be prepared as a salad or as a dessert. Combine roasted pumpkin and boiled beetroot with char-grilled strips of steaks, blanched green beans, snow peas, avocado slices, and sesame seeds dressed with simple vinaigrette dressing for a warm and filling salad that can be served as a light meal. Traditionally prepared for Thanksgiving and Halloween, pumpkin pie is a classic dish that can be adapted to suit different kinds of taste. Top the pie with pecans or toasted hazelnuts for an even more scrumptious dessert for the winter. Pumpkin mousse is another delicious dessert you can try at home, made with pumpkin puree, gelatin, icing sugar, mascarpone, whipping cream, vanilla, caramel sauce, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
Citrus fruits are especially abundant during the winter and make terrific ingredients for salads as well as quick desserts. You can add orange or grapefruit segments to salad greens for a nice zesty flavor or use lemon juice to make salad dressing. You can also simply slice the orange crosswise about a centimeter thick, arrange on a platter and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette. Top with olives, rosemary, walnuts, and crumbled or shaved cheese for an elegant and light starter. For citrus desserts during the wintertime, lemon pie and orange cookies are always popular. You can also simply top citrus fruits with yogurt or whipped cream for a quick treat.
Winter is the best time to enjoy bitter greens like arugula, spinach, endives, chicory, and radicchio. Toss the greens with cooked chicken or fish, nuts, citrus fruits, dried fruits, mushrooms, warm beans and dress with your favorite salad dressing.