Food & Nutrition

Chopped Winter Salad

This simple crunchy Chopped Winter Salad is made with apples, celery, radishes and carrots. It is full of color and texture, and perfect to pair with any cozy wintertime meal or serve with a holiday feast! It takes minutes to make and can be customized for your favorite seasonal ingredients.

a teal plate with chopped salad on it with a fork

I originally shared this recipe on February 15, 2012. I have updated the images and some of the text today.

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Why We Love This Recipe For Chopped Winter Salad

Have you had a chopped salad before? Chopped salad is a salad made up of several finely chopped ingredients such as chopped lettuce and other veggies. My kids call them “goodies salad” because it is more goodies than greens.

In this winter chopped salad, we have combined cold-weather veggies that all qualify as good storing crops. And we have tossed it all together with a variation of my apple cider vinaigrette for a crunchy fresh salad to pair with Roasted Chicken Thighs or Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese or even Christmas or a holiday meal.

Recipe Highlights

  • It’s Earth Friendly because it is made with storing crops and seasonal ingredients which help lower your carbon footprint.
  • This salad only takes 20 minutes to make.
  • Each serving only contains 106 calories.
  • This is the basic recipe, but it is really fun to play around with the ingredients.
oval platter with the chopped ingredients arranged on it

Key Ingredients For This Winter Salad Recipe

radishes in a bowl with green handled scissors
  • Apple- honeycrisp or any other crisp apple is great for this recipe.
  • Radicchio you will only need 1/2 head.
  • Escarole- another crisp leafy green similar to Bibb lettuce.
  • Romaine lettuce- a staple in chopped salads.
  • Celery hearts- celery hearts are the inner stalks of the celery bunch.
  • Carrots- you can use regular or rainbow carrots.
  • Radishes- radishes add spice, color and lots of crunch.

How to Make This Recipe

Puree vinegar, olive oil, shallot, Dijon, honey, salt and pepper in blender, mini food processor or with immersion blender.

Combine apple, radicchio, escarole, Romaine, celery, carrots and radishes in a large bowl.

Drizzle the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat.

FAQs and Expert Tips

Variations to try

Try adding fennel, sunflower seeds and orange zest. Or even better, goat cheese and toasted walnuts! Or try chunks of cheddar cheese if you like.

How to store this salad

Since the majority of the ingredients are crisp, leftovers of this salad will store great for 1 to 2 days in the fridge. Just make sure to wait to add the dressing until ready to serve.

Make ahead instructions

Combine all but the leafy greens and store in an airtight container. Once ready to serve, add chopped lettuce and dressing of choice. If you prefer your apple to keep from browning either wat until the last minute to cut it, or cut it and store it in water with lemon. Drain before using.

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Description

Chopped Winter Salad with escarole and Romaine lettuce, apple, celery, radishes and cider vinegar shallot dressing.


  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot, about 1 small
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or agave for a vegan option)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • ½ head chopped Radicchio
  • 6 cups chopped escarole
  • 4 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup finely diced celery hearts
  • ½ cup finely diced carrots
  • ½ cup finely diced radishes


  1. Puree vinegar, olive oil, shallot, Dijon, honey, salt and pepper in blender, mini food processor or with immersion blender. Combine apple, radicchio, escarole, Romaine, celery, carrots and radishes in a large bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat.

Notes

Storing Tips:

Combine all but the leafy greens and store in an airtight container. Once ready to serve, add chopped lettuce and dressing of choice. If you prefer your apple to keep from browning either wat until the last minute to cut it, or cut it and store it in water with lemon. Drain before using.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 106
  • Sugar: 6
  • Sodium: 351 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 2

Keywords: Chopped Salad,Chopped Salad with Apple,Winter Salad, Chopped Winter Salad

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About the Author

Katie Webster

Katie Webster studied art and photography at Skidmore College and is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute. She has been a professional recipe developer since 2001 when she first started working in the test kitchen at EatingWell magazine. Her recipes have been featured in numerous magazines including Shape, Fitness, Parents and several Edible Communities publications among others. Her cookbook, Maple {Quirk Books} was published in 2015. She launched Healthy Seasonal Recipes in 2009. She lives in Vermont with her husband, two teenage daughters and two yellow labs. In her free time, you can find her at the gym, cooking, stacking firewood, making maple syrup, and tending to her overgrown perennial garden.

Source: healthyseasonalrecipes.com