Switch out summer fruits for sweet potatoes and cranberries.

We love winter comfort food, but eating loads of mashed potatoes is a great way to pack on the pounds. Thankfully, there are plenty of hearty and colorful winter salad recipes to keep you healthy this year. Here are our favorites:

Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon, Walnuts and Lime Vinaigrette

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Walnuts roasting on an open fire ... Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Add toasted sweet potatoes, bacon, and a homemade lime vinaigrette for a delicious lettuce-less Winter salad. Get the full recipe at Paleo Running Momma.

Holiday Salad with Cranberry Apple Orange Vinaigrette

This winter favorite makes a perfect Thanksgiving side dish. It's loaded with cranberries, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard for flavor. Get the full recipe from Oh She Glows

Rosemary Roasted Squash and Mushroom Salad

Squash is one of winter's favorite veggies, and it represents just one of the many flavors in this salad. You'll also add spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, and pomegranates. Get the full recipe at Deliciously Ella

Raw Kale, Cabbage and Carrot Chopped Salad with Maple Sesame Vinaigrette

This Asian-inspired salad features a homemade, gluten-free dressing, veggies and bok choy, and a base of healthy kale. Get the full recipe at Gourmande in the Kitchen

Roasted Butternut Salad 

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This salad features a dairy-free, date-sweetened homemade dressing and spicy-sweet flavors from butternut squash, cinnamon, and apples. It's the perfect winter treat that's also a healthy meal. Get the full recipe at Paleo Running Momma

Warm Brussels Sprout Salad

This highly-rated recipe combines chopped hazelnuts, warm brussels sprouts, and crispy bacon. It's easy to make and will warm you up in the winter months. Get the full recipe at All Recipes.

Gorgonzola Pear Chicken Salad

This classic is packed with chicken, panko breadcrumbs, pears, blue cheese, and pecans. The protein and veggies make this a healthy staple you can make any time of the year. Get the full recipe at Delish

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