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Ten Low-Carb Winter Salads for Holiday Dinners

My Ten Low-Carb Winter Salads for Holiday Dinners are perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, and you can enjoy these tasty salads all winter long! And check out Thanksgiving Recipes for more ideas for the big day!

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The annual food lover’s countdown to Thanksgiving is well under way in most households! I know some people would be happy with just turkey, stuffing, rolls, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie every year for Thanksgiving dinner, but for those of you who like to try new Thanksgiving Recipes every year, I’ve been sharing Thanksgiving suggestions on Facebook (are you following me there?)

For a holiday meal I ‘ll definitely indulge a bit, but I also try to have some delicious carb-conscious options. And I think every Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner needs a special salad as part of the menu, so here are Ten Low-Carb Winter Salads for Holiday Dinners.

All these low-carb winter salads are favorite salads that I’ve made many times, and each one is a bit more special than the usual salads you make for a week-night dinner! Just click the recipe title under any photo to see the complete recipe, and enjoy!

Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese finished salads on plates

This Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese is really a wow. The dried cranberries do have some carbs, so go easy on those or omit them completely for the lowest-carb version.

Stir together the broccoli, feta, and half the almonds and toss with the dressing.  Serve salad right away, sprinkling the rest of the almonds on top.

Broccoli Salad with Feta and Almonds is so, so good. DO NOT skip the fried almonds; they make this salad!

Low-Carb Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Parmesan found on KalynsKitchen.com

I love this Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Parmesan so much I’d eat it any time of year when I could find Brussels sprouts!

Low-Carb Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta found on KalynsKitchen.com

If you like spinach salad, you’re going to love this Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta!

Peperoncini Chopped Salad with Romaine, Red Bell Pepper, and Feta found on KalynsKitchen.com

This Peperoncini Chopped Salad with Romaine, Peppers, and Feta is a favorite of many people in my extended family, and it’s always a hit no matter when I serve it!

Sweet and Sour Broccoli Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

Sweet and Sour Broccoli Salad is another one that’s always a hit when I bring it to a party. Skip the option bit of brown sugar and use all sweetener for the lowest-carb version of this salad.

Caesar Salad with Kale, Romaine, and Shaved Parmesan close-up image of finished salad

If you’re not a fan of kale, just use all romaine lettuce in this Caesar Salad with Kale, Romaine, and Shaved Parmesan!

Not everyone would welcome arugula on the holiday table. But arugula fans like me will devour Kalyn’s Favorite Baby Arugula Salad. I would never get tired of this salad, and I especially like the addition of pine nuts!

Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette found on KalynsKitchen.com

Another option for arugula fans is this gorgeous Arugula Salad with Feta. You can go easy on the dressing for even less carbs if you prefer.

Low-Carb Arugula Salad with Artichokes, Peppers, and Goat Cheese collage photo

And I guess this Arugula Salad with Artichokes, Peppers, and Goat Cheese is not strictly a winter salad, but all these ingredients are available in the winter, and I love, love, love this colorful salad!

What’s your family’s favorite salad to serve for a holiday dinner? 

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    12 Comments on “Ten Low-Carb Winter Salads for Holiday Dinners”

  1. These are all fabulous, and I’d love each and every one at my Thanksgiving table. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t go over well with most of my family… What a pain!

  2. Very informative post, Nice Image, really liked this post… Thanks for sharing

  3. Funny, we eat salads all the time but not on special days unless it’s with leftovers!
    I’ve tried but they are never touched. I guess the cranberry sauce, deviled eggs and
    smaller serving sizes of such dishes leave more room for the classics! These winter
    salads look delicious and will be tried between Thanksgiving and Christmas!

  4. I’ve never tried this before but maybe this holiday season would be the first time. Love me some healthy salads. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Lydia, you know I am ALL about the salads! I'd never skip them.

  6. My family holiday dinners used to be overwhelmingly brown, until I started adding several salads with each meal. Now the whole dinner looks more exciting, even though some people skip the salads altogether!

  7. Joanne, that's just how I am, but I do have a few people in my family who only want the old faves. Sigh.

    Shirley, will have to check out your great salad!

  8. These all look fabulous, Kalyn. I have to say that the last one with the broccoli and fried almonds is getting most of my attention this morning! 😉 I think it's really important to include a terrific salad and really tasty fresh veggies in general for the Thanksgiving meal because they so often get overlooked for all that other stuff served at Thanksgiving. I make the "great salad" on my blog, but it keeps getting healthier every year. 🙂 We hardly put any dressing on it now and very few dried cranberries either. Thanks for this roundup!


  9. I am all about adding new dishes into the mix! All of these salads look scrumptious!