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32 satisfying soups and hearty salads that will carry you through winter

Satisfying, hearty and oh so perfect for this time of year!
January 7, 2022 2:52 p.m. EST

The soup and salad combo offers a filling solution for those who don't want to dive into a too-heavy meal, but still want to enjoy delicious comfort food. This perfect pair allows you to stick to foods that are good for you, can be eaten for lunch or dinner, and serve the entire family. Plus, who doesn't love having options?

There are so many varieties of soups to choose from, whether you like broth-based soups or thick and stew-like dishes. The trick is finding the right soup to match the crunchy salad you're craving or vice versa. We've curated some of our best soup and salad recipes to inspire your next delicious meal. Eat them alone or pair them together—it's up to you! You'll find all the recipes below. 

Creamy tortellini soup

What’s better than a steaming bowl of soup on a cold winter day? Mary Mammoliti has taken everything she loves about comfort food and mixed them together to give you this one-pot wonder for the perfect 30-minute weeknight dish. 

Buddy's green salad

Jamie Oliver is preparing dinner tonight with this delicious green salad made with crunchy apples and cucumbers, fresh herbs and flavourful olives! Feel free to embellish further with other gorgeous green foods like chunks of ripe avocado, fresh raw peas or broad beans, speed-peeled asparagus or sliced pear.

Roasted fennel tomato soup

You can't go wrong with fennel, and this delicious soup recipe from Chef Abbey Sharp is one you'll want to try. 

Quinoa salad with feta and fresh herbs

Try a healthier alternative with this tasty quinoa salad with feta and fresh herbs like mint and oregano.

Cream of onion soup

Your whole family will love this hearty soup, especially on cold winter evenings. It's rich and creamy with a mild onion-cheese flavour. When you need an easy dinner,  stir up this soup and serve it with warm crusty bread and a crisp salad. 

15-minute easy raw salad

This 15-minute easy raw salad provides that satisfying crunch—it's perfect as a dinner side dish.

Slow-cooker lemony lentil soup

This lemony lentil soup recipe is full of the best bright and zesty flavours, it’s naturally gluten-free and vegan, and it’s easy to make in the Instant Pot, Crock-Pot or on the stovetop.

Roasted root vegetable salad with pomegranate maple dressing

This will become your favourite winter salad. The dressing, made with maple syrup, pomegranate molasses, and lemon juice, is super versatile and tastes great on a green salad.

Chicken, kale and sweet potato soup

This is the kind of soup that will warm your bones on a cold winter night. Between the hearty vegetables, tender chicken, and flavourful broth, this is the best kind of dinner. 

All-green salad

Made with cucumbers, tart green apples, and watercress, this crunchy side dish will cleanse your palette after a full belly of soup.

Sausage and veggie pizza soup

With a base of hearty vegetables like mushrooms, bell peppers and turkey sausages, this pizza soup is a delicious meal for any time of year.

Lidia Bastianich's Caesar salad

The ultimate Caesar salad has been achieved thanks to Lidia Bastianich! She stays true to the original classic with the use of lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce in the dressing but makes it her own with the addition of red wine vinegar and mustard. 

Butternut squash soup

A slow cooker is all you need to make this tasty and practical recipe.

Salad with champagne vinaigrette

Full of beautiful flavours and textures from pomegranate seeds to champagne vinegar, this salad is an easy recipe for your dinner table. 

Coconut tomato and artichoke soup

This soup is guaranteed to give you all the warm vibes you're looking for this winter! Made with tomatoes, artichokes, and coconut, you can serve this unique and hearty vegetarian soup in a snap. 

Winter green salad with orange blossom dressing

Served with a tart orange blossom dressing, you just can't go without these crunchy flavours.

Chicken noodle soup

This classic chicken noodle soup will leave you feeling oh-so-cozy. Mary Berg's recipe is perfect for cold weather days, and what makes it even better is her homemade chicken stock!

Arugula and spinach salad with caramelized shallots

This salad is a sophisticated variation of a Greek salad.  The sweetness in the caramelized shallots is a perfect contrast to the peppery arugula and salty feta. 

BLT roasted tomato soup

This fun new take on classic homemade tomato soup will hit the spot with the whole family. The inspiration is a BLT sandwich, and when you take your first spoonful it will give those satisfying flavours of the lunch staple but in a warm bowl of soup. This is a perfect recipe to freeze for an easy weeknight or lunch solution, too!

Carrot and zucchini salad

This salad comes together in a flash. A great alternative to leafy greens, this side dish is made with shaved carrots, zucchini and topped with a grainy mustard dressing. 

Lemony chicken noodle soup

This delicious soup can be enjoyed in any season, especially when you’re feeling a bit under the weather.

Over the moon for mushroom salad

This mushroom salad is a healthy and delicious dish that holds its own at any table. This side dish brings together flavours like smoked bacon, crushed garlic, mixed mushrooms and balsamic vinegar. 

Fast mushroom soup

If you're feeling a lack of vitamin D in the winter, this fast mushroom soup is the way to go! Packed with nutrients and flavour, this soup is made with cremini mushrooms, cauliflower and coconut milk and is made in 20 minutes. 

BLTA Panzanella salad with arugula and herbs

Mixing the classic flavours of a BLT sandwich with a Panzanella—an Italian bread salad—is a recipe for family-friendly deliciousness. There’s a lot to love here: arugula and herbs play off the salty intensity of the bacon. 

Spicy sausage and potato soup

Eat healthy with this spicy sausage soup, loaded with kale and soft potatoes for a fantastically savoury lunchtime experience. 

Greek-style ribbon salad

Get the taste of Greek salad right at home. This healthy ribbon salad is prepared Greek-style, with yellow zucchini, carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and olives.

Cheesy sweet potato soup with garlic and pesto bread

The answer to warming yourself up on a cold winter day? This sweet potato soup with tons of cheese, and served with deliciously perfect garlic and pesto bread to dunk in and get every last bite! 

Roasted cauliflower salad

Make eating your veggies fun with this roasted to perfection cauliflower salad. 

Black bean soup

A simple and healthy soup made with canned black beans and everyday ingredients like carrots, onion, cumin and chilli powder. This flavourful black bean soup can be made vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian.

Black bean margarita salad

A cute salad that works as a light lunch or a healthy side dish. Made with black beans, corn, red pepper and grape tomatoes, these little guys pack a ton of healthy fibre so you can feel good about serving them to your family. 

Manila clam chowder, smoked sablefish

There's something about sitting down with a big bowl of clam chowder during those cold winter months. It's one of the most comforting and delicious meals we can think of for this time of year. This version is made with Manila clams, smoked sablefish, sea asparagus and fava beans and just the perfect mix of creamy and light. 

Citrus, fennel and persimmon salad

This light and fresh salad pairs perfectly with a heavier meal. Topped with in-season persimmons, but can be swapped out if necessary.

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