As the crisp breeze of autumn rolls in, it’s time to swap out those light summer salads for hearty and flavorful fall creations. Forget bland and embrace the vibrant colors and tastes that this season brings to the table. Discover the world of fall salad recipes that go beyond basic greens! From apple-infused delights to savory roasted veggie medleys, we have a lineup that celebrates the best produce the season offers. Whether you’re looking for a side dish to complement your Thanksgiving feast or a wholesome lunch option, these fall salad recipes are designed to satisfy your autumn cravings. Let’s turn those fall harvest goodies into salads that taste and make you feel good, too!
Savoury Steak and Squash Salad
This steak and squash salad with apple maple dressing and cranberries is a delicious and unique option that can be enjoyed year-round. With its savory flavors and satisfying combination of steak, squash, and greens, it’s a must-try recipe for anyone looking for a delicious and filling meal salad.
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Roasted Butternut or Pumpkin Feta Arugula Rocket Salad
Roasted butternut or pumpkin feta arugula salad is so tasty. Plus, it’s a breeze to put together this pumpkin and feta salad! You can use either butternut squash or pumpkin, since the flavours of each are so similar. Arugula offers a refreshing, peppery flavour, although this ingredient can be swapped for mixed greens, baby spinach or romaine.
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Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw
If you’re searching for an alternative to coleslaw, consider trying this Brussels sprout slaw. Made with a combination of shaved Brussels sprouts and cabbage and dressed with a tangy lemon apple cider vinaigrette, this is one of those salad recipes that is the perfect side dish for BBQs and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
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Smoked Italian Pasta Salad
Add some smoky flavour to your favorite pasta salad with this delicious smoked Italian pasta salad recipe. Packed with pepperoni, salami, mozzarella cheese, and a pepperoncini dressing, it’s the perfect dish for your summer BBQ.
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Italian Panzanella Salad
Panzanella salad is a refreshing summer side dish that combines juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and chunks of crusty bread, all tossed in a tangy vinaigrette. It’s the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats and a delightful way to enjoy the flavors of the season.
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Fall Wild Rice Salad
This fall wild rice salad will be the colorful hit of your holiday (or Wednesday night) dinner. It’s full of roasted sweet potatoes, arugula, and sweet grapes.
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Whole Foods Quinoa
California quinoa salad is a popular Whole Foods copycat that is refreshing, nutritious, and incredibly delicious. This gluten-free salad features cooked quinoa tossed with fresh vegetables like red bell peppers, red onions, herbs, and a flavorful, zesty salad dressing.
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Chopped Salad With Avocado And Feta
Meal prep! This chopped salad will make you look forward to a healthy lunch. It’s full of carrots, cabbage, tomatoes and avocado with a little bit of feta. It stays fresh in the fridge so it’s great for meal prep.
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Supergreens Salad With Cherries And Feta
This supergreens salad with cherries and feta will become your new favorite salad. It’s super easy to whip up for weekday healthy lunches and delicious enough to take to your next cookout.
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Crispy Coconut Chicken Salad Recipe
Crispy coconut chicken salad is made with oven-baked crispy coconut chicken tenders that are sooo crispy you would have thought they’ve been deep fried. Tossed with a medley of fresh greens, radishes and cucumbers, this simple salad is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner option! Oh, and it’s amazingly delicious too!
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Sweet ripe persimmons shine in this salad with crisp greens, prosciutto, cranberries, goat cheese and toasted pecans. This persimmon salad is a wonderful addition to any holiday spread while still easy enough to throw together for a seasonal lunch or dinner.
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Roasted Koginut Squash Salad
Koginut squash is a delicately sweet mix of butternut and kabocha squash. It’s tender and buttery with an edible skin and absolutely delicious roasted with savory sweet spices atop this fall inspired salad!
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Kale Pomegranate Salad
If you’re looking for a gorgeous side or salad for holiday table, you’ve found it! This kale pomegranate salad recipe is simple, flavorful, and made with just 8 ingredients including pantry staples. Try this pomegranate salad for Christmas or Thanksgiving!
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Arugula Spinach Salad With Winter Citrus
Arugula is tossed with fresh baby spinach and topped with thinly sliced sweet onions, sweet winter citrus, and a super simple homemade vinaigrette. It’s a simple, tasty, and vibrant salad that can be prepped in just 10 minutes!
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Roasted Beet & Butternut Squash Salad
Roasted beets and butternut squash are served over spicy arugula and topped with crunchy pepitas, creamy goat cheese, fresh herbs, and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. This beautiful salad is a simple gluten-free recipe packed with nutrition and flavor. Enjoy it for lunch, dinner, or as a colorful side dish for your fall and winter holiday meals.
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Roasted Beet Salad
This roasted beet salad is served with goat cheese, arugula, grapefruit vinaigrette, and toasted pistachios. It’s super simple, but so delicious – try it alongside a holiday meal.
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Lemon Kale Salad with Crunchy Breadcrumbs
This easy lemon kale salad recipe is made with crunchy lacinato kale, a bright lemon dressing, and extra flavor from crunchy panko and shredded Parmesan cheese. It’s the perfect side to fish or an easy protein, but you could also turn it into a main-dish salad with some grilled or sous vide chicken and garbanzo beans.
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Cranberry Broccoli Salad
Maple syrup roasted cranberries and butternut squash are added to this fall inspired broccoli salad with toasted croutons, almonds and pepitas.
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Citrus Chicken Salad
This chopped winter salad is packed with crispy rotisserie chicken, bright winter citrus, pomegranates, toasted pine nuts, fresh herbs and hearty bed of Tuscan kale then tossed in an orange dijon dressing.
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Sheet Pan Veggie Shawarma
This flavor-packed veggie shawarma puts a twist on the traditional Middle Eastern dish by replacing the meat with colorful vegetables for a 100% plant-based meal. Seasoned cauliflower, green beans, and chickpeas are the heart of this dish, with a delicious homemade garlic aioli sauce to top it off.
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The Best Roasted Vegetable Salad
This roasted vegetable salad is perfect for the Fall. Loaded with tons of flavor and a light vinaigrette, you can serve this salad hot or cold and it is perfect for leftover for back to school lunches!
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Becky’s Simply Amazing Persimmon Arugula Salad
A beautiful winter salad with sweet, vibrant persimmons, creamy chunks of avocado, all nestled into a bed of snappy arugula and topped with salty feta, chopped pistachios, and a simple lemon vinaigrette. Simple, tasty, and perfect as a side dish for any meal or holiday gathering. Only 10 minutes to prepare!
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Autumn Squash, Kale And Apple Salad
Autumn squash, kale and apple salad is a brightly colored and appealing dish. It’s made with kale, roasted squash, apple and candied walnuts and is dressed with a maple-cinnamon dressing.
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Warm Farro + Kale Salad With Orange-Miso Dressing
This unusual warm farro and kale salad comes with a wonderful orange-miso dressing. It’s ideal for the cooler months when you want something vegetable-packed and nutritious, as well as flavorful, and there’s no rule a salad must be served chilled. This one is wonderful served warm!
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