Balsamic Berry Vinaigrette Winter Salad


This festive winter salad recipe features colorful greens, fruit and cheese tossed with a light and zesty dressing.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
8 cups

Winter Salad Greens to Use

We use baby spinach and romaine lettuce for our recipe, but feel free to mix in other varieties of salad greens like arugula, radicchio, frisée, escarole or kale. Check out our guide to some of the best types of lettuce, greens and chicories that you can add to your salad.

How to Seed a Pomegranate

Seeding Pomegranate in Bowl of Water

You can buy pomegranate seeds fresh or frozen, but it costs more than buying the whole fruit. We tested different methods for seeding pomegranates and found that our favorite method is to immerse the quartered fruit in a bowl of water while breaking it apart. By gently separating the seeds from the outer skin and white pith, the seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons plain fat-free Greek yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon sugar-free strawberry preserves

  • 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • teaspoon black pepper

  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach

  • 3 cups torn romaine lettuce

  • 1 small cooking apple, such as Braeburn or Gala, thinly sliced

  • ½ cup crumbled blue, feta, or goat cheese (chèvre) (2 oz.)

  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds

  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted


  1. For the vinaigrette, whisk together vinegar, yogurt, preserves, oil, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

  2. In an extra-large serving bowl, combine spinach, romaine, apple, cheese, pomegranate seeds and walnuts. Drizzle with half of the vinaigrette; toss to coat. Pass the remaining vinaigrette.

    Balsamic Berry Vinaigrette Winter Salad

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

90 Calories
5g Fat
8g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 90
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Vitamin A 2283IU 46%
Vitamin C 5mg 6%
Folate 51mcg 13%
Sodium 143599mg 6,243%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 19mg 5%
Potassium 104mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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