Sure, summer salads have a sparkling reputation: they’re light and fresh, packed with vitamins, and they use up some of the best produce from your garden or local farmers’ market. But these easy fall salad recipes prove that the warmest months can offer plenty too — think salad with farro, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, and other hearty additions like salad and butternut squash recipes that’ll fill you and your family right up. It’s true: salads can be comfort food, too.

Pull together some of autumn’s best crops and get cooking with the super-simple fall harvest salads on our list, which range from recipes packed with greens like kale and arugula to less traditional combinations that incorporate cauliflower, roasted fennel, and other delicious ingredients. We’ve gathered our fave fall salad with apples — because who doesn’t want to add an awesome apple recipe to your healthy lunch or family dinner? Plus, if you’re hungry for something a little more comforting, there are plenty of warm fall salads that will keep you cozy on a chilly fall night. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to up your salad game and pull together some of autumn’s best crops to create these simple and delicious combinations. Seriously, the whole family will be begging for these recipes all season long.

butternut squash salad

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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad With Tahini Vinaigrette

What more could you want in this easy veggie-packed (and family friendly) dinner than sweet roasted butternut squash and arugula tossed in a nutty sesame dressing?

mushroom avocado and beet salad

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Beet, Mushroom, and Avocado Salad

This heart-healthy salad is loaded with antioxidants, fiber-filled vegetables, and healthy unsaturated fats (hello, avocado!).

bacon and apple farro salad   mother's day dinners

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Bacon and Apple Farro Salad

This quick fall salad gets a double dose of protein from bacon and halloumi.

radicchio salad and roasted chicken

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Orange-Ginger Roast Chicken With Fennel and Radicchio Salad

Make this wow-worthy feast for the whole family, or skip the chicken and simply serve up an easy-to-make salad full of rich fall flavors for a light and delicious lunch. Top tip: this dish also makes for an amazing Thanksgiving meal if you’re just feeding a few.

healthy fall recipes   kale and roasted cauliflower salad

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Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Roasting your cauliflower gives this earthy fall veg a super-sweet bite.

roast chicken salad

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Autumn Squash Salad

This salad is actually hearty enough to satisfy everyone in your family. There’s roasted chicken and butternut squash plus only five ingredients total makes this easy fall salad is a cinch to get on the table.

arugula kale harvest salad   best kale recipes

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Arugula-Kale Harvest Salad

This hearty kitchen sink salad starts with a mix of kale and arugula. We added roasted butternut squash, apples and fan favorite – salami!

thai steak and pear salad

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Thai Steak and Pear Salad

Fall is peak pear season, so load up on these sweet fruits to pair with a savory, spicy protein-packed main course.

seared salmon salad

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Seared Salmon With Lentil Salad

Lean and green, this protein-packed dinner (hello salmon and lentils!) get finished with a squeeze of charred lemon.

roasted squash panzanella   best kale recipes

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Roasted Squash Panzanella

All veggie dishes should take a cue from this fall harvest salad and include big chunks of crispy bread. It’s best served with a side of hearty fall soup.

roasted sweet potato and chicken salad

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad

In less than 30 minutes, you can whip up this flavor-packed salad layered with rotisserie chicken and creamy avocado.

what is farro   farro and arugula salad with mustard dressing

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Farro and Arugula Salad With Mustard Vinaigrette

This salad is the perfect base for last night’s salmon or chicken. Sprinkle pieces on top for a filling but lighter dinner or lunch.

healthy side dishes   lemony brussels sprout salad

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Lemony Brussels Sprout Salad

Pro tip: you can eat Brussels sprouts raw if they’re super thin. Try this super refreshing dish as a side to any meal or for your Thanksgiving spread this fall.

romaine salad with lemon pecorino vinaigrette   side dishes for ham

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Romaine Salad With Lemon-Pecorino Vinaigrette

Sherry vinegar marinated onions create the base for the vinaigrette in this zingy green salad, topped off with crunchy hazelnuts.

radicchio salad with roasted fennel and shrimp   christmas appetizers

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Radicchio Salad With Roasted Fennel and Shrimp

We’re thinking that all salads should be served on a piece of toast like this fall veggie and seafood main.

warm wild mushroom and lentil salad   easter side dishes

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Warm Wild Mushroom and Lentil Salad

Trust us: the roasted mushrooms and lentils in this hearty fall salad get even better with a hunk of blue cheese.

farro, apple, and carrot salad

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Farro, Apple, and Carrot Salad

Dried cranberries and fresh apple slices make this salad extra festive.

seared steak and rye panzanella

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Steak and Rye Panzanella

Skip croutons and opt for charred rye bread instead to add earthiness to this hearty kale and seared beef salad.

antipasti chopped salad

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Antipasti Chopped Salad

Pepperoncini brine is the ideal addition to the vinaigrette of this Italian-inspired salad.

apple, farro and bacon salad with warm feta cheese

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Apple, Farro and Bacon Salad With Warm Feta Cheese

All the flavors of fall in one 30-minute salad? Look no further.


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