7 Delicious Winter Salads to Try at Home

One of the best things to have as a healthful pick-me-up on a gloomy winter day is a fresh salad. These colorful and light dishes are a wonderful way to brighten up your lunches. Best of all, unlike other types of food, salads won’t bog you down and make you feel sluggish especially during the cold season. Here are seven delicious recipes you can enjoy at home to help you feel energized!

Holiday Salad with Cranberry, Apple, and Orange Vinaigrette

This holiday salad features a delicious and zesty cranberry, apple and orange vinaigrette Photo from Oh She Glows

Combine the pleasing zests of autumn and winter in a single dish with this holiday salad from Oh She Glows. This appetizing recipe features luscious cranberries, crunchy walnuts, and crisp apple and pear slices. The wonderful array of complementary ingredients is made tangier by an amazing dressing stewed to perfection using fresh fruits.

Orange Pomegranate Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Kids will absolutely love this sweet and fruity orange and pomegranate salad

This wonderful recipe from Brooklyn Supper features crunchy greens and a colorful selection of citrus fruits. A wonderful mixture of sweet, sour, and bitter, this healthful dish is guaranteed to delight – either as lunch or supper – when you’re watching the calories. This is especially perfect with a chilled bottle of white wine.

Roasted Carrot and Leek Cranberry Quinoa Salad

This salad from Peachy Palate features a yummy array of bright and tasty vegetables Photo from Peachy Palate

A favorite among those who like their salads to be on the sweet side, this recipe from Peachy Palate features carrots and leeks tossed in a huge dollop of maple syrup. It is then topped with pecans and cranberries. Kids will certainly have a change of heart when it comes to vegetables after trying this amazing and irresistible dish.

Sweet Potato and Spinach Salad

Enjoy a savory dish with this sweet potato and spinach salad Photo from Ang Sarap

This sweet potato and spinach salad from Ang Sarap is another treat for those with a sweet tooth. What’s particularly wonderful about this dish is how the spinach and hard-boiled eggs contrast beautifully with the soft sweet potato, creating a full profile of flavors and textures. This is especially great with grilled and smoky food choices.

Winter Green Salad with Walnuts, Apples, and Parmesan Anchovy Dressing

This mouthwatering salad from Serious Eats features parmesan cheese, giving it a classic Italian touch. The dish also comes with an anchovy dressing that instantly reminds foodies of the sweet-salty flavors of the sea.

Winter Pumpkin Millet Salad

Bring countryside flavors to your dining table with this winter pumpkin millet salad from Green Kitchen Stories. This dish includes butternut squash, sliced avocados, grapes, and romanesco broccoli, a delicious mixture that will win anyone over. It also features raw millet, a grainy seed that gives the recipe an irresistible earthy taste.

White Bean Salad with Blood Orange Dressing

This white bean salad features a lovely blood orange dressing Photo from Jilly Inspired

A lovely treat courtesy of Jilly Inspired, this recipe features crunchy white beans, zesty tomatoes, and delectable artichoke hearts. The true star of this dish, however, is the luscious blood orange dressing and bitter parsley leaves.

Enjoy light and delicious flavors that provide a healthful pick-me-up this winter season with these astounding salad recommendations from Tree Classics.

Photo Credits

Photo by Renee S. Suen via flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

How to Make a Frozen Wreath

A couple more months are left until the end of winter. For avid home décor enthusiasts, what better way to have fun in the snow than by creating unique and colorful ice wreaths with family and friends?

An Ice Wreath with Cranberries and Pine Cones
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Tree Classics presents a quick and easy way to create your very own frozen wreath. Trade in your traditional winter decorations for this amazing ice creation.

Frozen Cranberries and Citrus Fruits Wreath

Materials Needed

  • Cranberries
  • Small citrus fruits, e.g. oranges or lemons
  • Fresh pine cones
  • Dried leaves
  • Small twigs
  • Assorted nuts
  • Water
  • Sturdy ribbons for hanging
  • Bundt cake pan

Directions

  1. Fill your Bundt cake pan with water.
  2. Put in the small citrus fruits first and cranberries next. Make sure that each piece is evenly spaced in the cake pan.
  3. Carefully add in the pine cones and assorted nuts.
  4. Place the dried leaves and twigs in whichever part of the pan you wish. These will serve as additional accents for the frozen wreath.
  5. Once you’re finished arranging the pieces, bring out the cake pan and leave it outside your home to freeze overnight. You can also place it in your freezer until frozen.
  6. When your wreath is completely frozen, remove the Bundt cake pan by placing it quickly in the sink and running warm water through it for about a minute. Be careful not to leave it there for longer than a minute to avoid thawing the entire wreath.
  7. Hang your frozen wreath outside using ribbons. Choose a spot in the shade so that the wreath won’t melt quickly.

Have fun with friends and loved ones as you create these ‘cool’ and stunning DIY frozen wreaths!

5 DIY Snowflake Decorations You’ll Love

Delicate snowflakes are the perfect inspiration for winter craft projects. Be inspired to create a whimsical display at home as Tree Classics features five beautiful DIY snowflake ornaments.

Doily Snowflake Garland

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Creative Ways to Recycle Gift Wrap

After all the merriment that comes with holiday gift giving, it is time to put away the gift cards and wrappers to avoid cluttering your home this new year. But a better way of handling excess or leftover gift wrap is by repurposing them! Tree Classics shows you creative ways to recycle these colorful pieces of paper.

Holiday Origami

Begin recycling your Christmas gift wrap with a quick and simple origami project. Originally from Japan, the art of origami or paper folding became popular over the years as a means to transform pieces of paper into sculptures. By coming up with different themes, you can transform your excess gift wrappers into other year-round ornaments, such as these adorable origami stars featured in Home by Linn.

Cookie Tins 

Create adorable packaging for your cookies by dressing cannisters up in Christmas wrappers. This is a great gift idea especially for those who prefer giving presents that not only satisfy the tummy but also the eyes with dainty designs! You can start off with these two wrapping ideas from jenthousandwords.com.

Gift Bands

Recycle old and torn gift wrappers by turning them into colorful bands for packages. Simply cut off the damaged parts and reuse the remaining gift wrapping paper on your present. This is a fine way to save up on packaging costs while also adding a nifty accent to your gifts.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

You can also find new uses for gift cards by turning them into Christmas ornaments. Dinah Wulf of DIY Inspired features an easy-to-follow project which you can do with your kids. All you need are some old gift cards, glue, a pair of scissors, a stapler, ribbons, and some plastic rhinestones to embellish your DIY Christmas tree décor.

Patchwork Greeting Cards 

Another fun way to recycle gift cards is by transforming them into patchwork greeting cards. Cut old gift cards into squares of different sizes and rearrange them on a bigger piece of cardboard. Next, glue each piece to the cardboard then draw small lines around the gift cards to make them appear like they were sewn together. Depending on the design of the gift cards, you can create greeting cards for other occasions as well.

Holiday Luminaries 

Looking for more ambient lighting for your home? Turn your leftover Christmas wrappers into lovely paper lanterns, such as this one featured in Nifty Thrifty Things. Create luminaries by making use of different patterns seen on gift wrappers.

Do away with post-holiday clutter by transforming leftover Christmas gift cards and wrappers into other useful items. It is an excellent way to save up money and be environment-friendly at the same time.

How to Clean and Store an Artificial Christmas Tree

One of the best things about owning an artificial Christmas tree is the fact that you can use it again for years. But in order for it to remain as beautiful and lush as when you first bought it, you have to take proper care of it especially when you’re about to store it. Here is an easy-to-follow guide on how to clean and store your artificial Christmas tree once your yuletide celebrations have come to an end.

1. Remove all your Christmas ornaments first. Make sure that they are: categorized according to type; wrapped in tissue paper; stored in an airtight plastic container. Place these in a cool and dry location, away from sunlight and heat sources. You can learn creative ideas for storing Christmas decorations from our practical guide.

make sure you disconnect all your Christmas lights

2. Next, take down all of the lights and separate all connections. Untangle the lines and store them in a safe location. Tree Classics has also created an easy step-by-step guide on how to store Christmas lights.

3. While the tree is still standing upright, get your vacuum, plug it in, and place it on medium speed. Gently sweep the branches and trunks. You may need to mildly move some of the branches to get to the deeper parts. Be careful when you do so.

4. Make a mixture of warm water and soap. Dip a clean towel in the soap solution. Softly wipe the branches. WARNING: Do not dab prelit trees with a wet cloth. Use a dry and clean rag instead.

straighten our your branches after you vacuum them

5. Now is the perfect time to start disassembling your tree. Unfluff the branches and make sure that all of the branches are facing one direction. Flatten the foliage using your hands. Separate the sections afterwards.

Store your tree in Tree Classics' Extra Large Tree Dolly

6. Once everything has been taken down, store your tree in its original box. These boxes are sturdy enough to protect your tree from any bumps while it is in storage. You can also purchase our Extra Large Tree Dolly, which can store artificial Christmas trees that are up to 9 feet tall. It is made of durable red polyester fabric, promising years of protection for your holiday centerpiece.

7. Store your tree in a dry and cool location far from direct sunlight and vents. The most ideal location is the closet.

Follow this easy and helpful guide from the Tree Classics blog to keep your tree beautiful for years to come!

Photo Credits

Photo by MaryScheirer via flickr. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.