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Fresh and Healthy Winter Salad

Fresh and Healthy Winter Salad


Although “indulging in copious amounts of junk food” is not one of the four Purim mitzvahs, in many homes it has become synonymous with the holiday. Probably 90% of the food gifts that are exchanged involve cookies, cake, candy, soda and other not-good-for-you foods.

The combination of the sugar intake and the heavy evening Purim feast can leave us feeling tired and lethargic—and the week is just beginning! I think this definitely calls for a pick-me-up energizing winter salad.

If you can’t get all the ingredients, feel free to substitute. It’s a very forgiving salad, and the dressing is the hero—it’s thick and creamy without any mayonnaise.

So, where does it get its thickness? From an onion. That’s right—an onion. A small raw onion is blended with the other dressing ingredients, and the end product has a beautiful color, smell and texture. If you’re anything like me, you’ll go from thinking, “Wow, that’s weird,” to “Oh, how interesting,” to “Oh my, that’s fantastically awesome” in the span of about 60 seconds, or however long it takes to blend your ingredients.

Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 bags spring mix salad
  • 1 orange pepper, diced
  • 10 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Asian pear, diced
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ½ cup candied pecans, chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 small raw onion
  • ⅓ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar or honey
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. mustard
  • ½ tsp. salt


  1. Mix salad ingredients together.
  2. Using a blender, food processor, or even a good immersion blender, blend dressing ingredients.
  3. Dress immediately before serving.

Note: This dressing is very potent. I recommend starting with just a little, and adding more to taste. Refrigerate the rest of the dressing—it lasts for more than a week in my experience, and can be used on other salad combinations as well.

Now that Purim’s over, it’s time to start thinking about Pesach (Passover). Which recipes would you like to see on this blog for Passover? Leave a comment and let me know—I’d love to hear from you.

Miriam Szokovski is the author of the historical novel Exiled Down Under, and a member of the editorial team. She shares her love of cooking, baking and food photography on’s food blog, Cook It Kosher.
Note: The laws of Shabbat rest mandate that all cooking and baking be done before Shabbat, and regulate food preparation done on Shabbat in other ways as well. For more information, see Food Preparation on Shabbat.
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SB Shaw Brooklyn October 1, 2015

Thanks so much! It's so difficult to find original yummy healthy fresh salads for shabbos that don't call for unheard of ingredients;)! Thanks so much!!! Really looking forward to trying! Reply

verna gartner jerusalem March 11, 2014

ideas one is never too experienced or knowledgeable to learn something did as I did by reading your hamantaschen recipes--loved the idea of using baking paper with a rolling pin.


Cannot wait to try it.

(age 74)

Miriam Szokovski March 11, 2013

Honey Thanks for letting me know, Ilana. I look forward to trying it with honey myself next time! Reply

Ilana Solomon Jerusalem March 3, 2013

Honey works! Thanks for the repalcement advice. I replaced the sugar with honey and used apple cider vinegar and it's absolutely yummy! Reply

Z Sasson Brooklyn March 3, 2013

love, love, love it! Thanks again Miriam_ Reply

Miriam Szokovski March 1, 2013

Substituting with honey Ilana - honey is sweeter than sugar, so I suggest using 3 Tbsp. Let me know how it comes out, I've been meaning to try it myself but haven't gotten around to it.

Thank you everyone for the lovely feedback.

To anonymous - I am working on a crockpot recipe for you. Stay tuned! Reply

Ilana solomon Israel February 28, 2013

Replace with honey? I would like to replace the sugar with honey. Would the measurement be the same? Reply

Anonymous February 28, 2013

Oyoyoy! Your recipes make my mouth water, every time. Reply

Rishe Deitsch Brooklyn February 26, 2013

tried it, it's fantastic! this salad is unbelievable. the dressing really tastes like mayonnaise, but it isn't! thanks so much, Miriam! this is becoming my new dressing to keep in the fridge all week and use every night.
i used it tonight on baked potatoes, too. WONDERFUL.
this is one of the few blogs i know of that gives you good food while bearing in mind the principles of good nutrition (no margarine, mayo, etc)
and yet it's not insanely fanatically health-conscious
it's perfect
love you, Miriam! Reply

Anonymous USA February 26, 2013

Pesach recipees Can you list some crockpot recipees that are simple, easy, quick, and don't require frying anything before hand (we don't use a blech or leave the stove on on Yamtif). This would be something geared toward poor people who do not own a blech, and only eat chicken, veggies that can be peeled, and eggs for pesach. Some fresh ideas for the crockpot would be awesome!!! Thanks! Reply

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