winter salad in white bowl

Give yourself a healthy boost with this seasonal warm winter salad

Warm Winter Salad

There are so many seasonal recipes I could have posted, but I decided to go with a lighter healthier option and make a winter salad. I have used the Brussels sprout as the star of this dish and put different flavours together than I have before!

These ingredients complement each other really well, and each brings its own texture to the dish.

Warm winter salad in a bowl
Warm winter salad

The Warm Winter Sprout Salad Recipe

Firstly, you need a nice firm lettuce like little gem, or romaine. Then of course, you need Brussels sprouts. We are only lightly cooking the sprouts, so the taste is less concentrated than you think. I have used satsumas in this recipe – something which is very unlike me but it really works so well! Red onion gives an extra depth to the salad and walnuts add a bit of texture against the creamy cheese base. Have a look at the recipe.

Warm Winter Sprout Salad Recipe

A warming seasonal salad made with Brussels Sprouts, cheese & nuts

Course: Appetizer, main, sides, starter
Keyword: healthier recipes, salad, sprouts, winter
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • splash of oil (or a few sprays)
  • 1 small red onion (finely sliced)
  • 10-15 medium Brussels sprouts (peeled & thinly sliced)
  • 1 medium satsuma (peeled)
  • 3-4 whole walnuts (halved)
  • 50-100 g soft cheese spread (I used Oatly)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • pinch of mixed spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 heads firm head lettuce (e.g. little gem)
  1. Make sure all of your ingredients are ready, including your serving bowl and cutlery.

  2. Chop or tear the lettuce into bite size pieces and set aside.

  3. Heat a large pan (a wok pan is great) with a small amount of oil. Add the onions and cook for about 30 seconds before adding the sprouts. Cook for a further 30 seconds, then add the satsuma and walnuts.

  4. Put your cheese spread in the centre, then gently work it around the pan until it is completely mixed in.

  5. Sprinkle the sesame seeds, mixed spice and black pepper over the food and combine with the other ingredients.

  6. Make sure you are ready to serve, then add the lettuce to the pan and mix it with all the other ingredients. Tip onto your serving dish. Eat immediately.

  7. Enjoy!

Have a look at each stage below to see how quickly and easily this will come together.

  • Ingredients for salad
  • red onions in a pan
  • chopped sprouts in a pan
  • sprouts and satsumas in a pan
  • winter salad
  • winter salad and cream cheese
  • winter salad in a pan
  • winter salad in a pan
  • mixed winter salad in a pan
  • pan full of chopped little gem lettuce
  • bowl of winter salad

What do I need?

I have tried to make this warm Winter salad as simple as possible, all brought together in one pan.

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You can serve this salad on it’s own as a light (or not so light) lunch. Alternatively, add your favourite protein or grain and have it as a side dish. You could serve it with some bread, or even with some soup. However you serve it, I would advise cooking it when you are ready to eat, and serving immediately.

winter salad in a bowl with sprout and satsumas
Warm sprout salad with cream cheese, nuts and satsumas


I would recommend that you make the amount you want to eat, so there are no leftovers. You could however, prepare all the stages up until adding the lettuce if you are unsure how much you will eat, then just add the lettuce to some of the Brussels mix. You could then store this (before adding the lettuce) in the fridge, covered for a day or two, then reheat quickly in a pan before adding the lettuce to eat.

winter salad
Flavoursome warm winter salad

More Seasonal Recipes

If you are after more traditional seasonal recipes, here are a few to get you started:

Mincemeat for sweet mince pies

Figgy Pudding


Chocolate Snowballs

Pepparkaka (spiced ginger biscuits)


I hope you find time to nourish your body with some tasty seasonal salad amongst all the other seasonal foods which are abundant at this time of year. I love seeing your adaptions and interpretations of my recipes and I’d love to see your photos of Winter salad! Would you change this in any way, or make it as it is?

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Laurena x


  • tulips79 9th December 2021 at 16:53

    Hi Laurena, I make a very similar salad to this with cabbage (I sometimes add vacuum-packed chestnuts and dried cranberries)😊 I love romaine too (or Kos lettuce as we used to say in the UK lol). I love my veg but I’ve never really got on with sprouts, no matter what I add to them lol… I admire you sprout lovers hehe.

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 9th December 2021 at 17:49

      Oh Eva… have you tried sprouts raw? They taste very different than ones boiled to mush! I love the idea of adding chestnuts (which has reminded me I bought some fresh ones that need cooking). You can keep the cranberries though🙈. Can I tempt you with marmite sprouts?😋

      • tulips79 9th December 2021 at 18:49

        I might try the Marmite sprouts haha (that would be hubby’s food hell😄)

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 9th December 2021 at 19:24

          Yes… do that! Let me know how you get on👍🏼

          • tulips79 9th December 2021 at 19:39

            Will do, thanks for the idea, I’m Team Marmite👍

          • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 9th December 2021 at 20:09

            Yes! Me too😊

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