Winter Rainbow Salad - A Colourful Winter Blues Remedy

Do you ever find yourself craving colour in the middle of winter? I tend to engorge myself in hearty winter dishes when winter first hits, stews, meatloafs, roasts, they all make my mouth water and my stomach and heart sing, until that fatal day where I just can't stand another bland looking, although brilliantly tasting, dish. 

When I get that sudden urge for colour, I make the winter rainbow salat, it's not quite a rainbow in its colours, but it's good enough for me with purple, white, green, brown and orange.

I want to stress that this is not a medicinal remedy for any kind of serious depression, but a colourful pick-me-up for those of us suffering of a very mild case of the winter blues. On the other hand, unless you are allergic to the ingredients I don't think it could do you any harm. Use common sense, ask your doctor and all that jazz.


Red cabbage
1 fennel bulb
2 oranges
a couple of handfuls of pumpkin seeds  

2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp sugar

Finely chop enough red cabbage to feed everyone.
Chop and add the fennel.
Cut all of the skin from the oranges, cut the meat into smaller bits and add to the rest.
Roast the pumpkin seeds on a dry pan until they start popping. You can either add them to the salad or use them as a topping. 

Mix up all the ingredients for the dressing and add to the salad. Toss the salad until the dressing covers everything.

Serve with just about anything your heart desires, from cuts of meat to lasagna. 

What is your favourite food remedy for the winter blues?


  1. I like the sound of this salad and will have to try it. I am not sure about the oranges in it, personally, but I may find something to substitute them with.

    My favourite thing to cook in the winter is a very spicy jambalaya full of juicy prawns. I found the recipe in my low fat - no fat cook book and it is a staple in our household. There are so many warming spices in it and it is colourful, so it is just the right thing.

    1. oooh that sounds delicious, can I come over for dinner?

      Are you just not big on oranges or is it citrus fruit in general? maybe some apple would be nice too.. what are you thinking of substitute it with?

  2. I love everything in this recipe. I will be trying it very soon, thank you!

    1. Andi, let me know what you think once you try it :)