Salads can transition beautifully into Fall when you’ve got the right ingredients and the right attitude. These delicious and healthy salads will help you pivot from summer to fall without missing a beat!
What do we mean by Fall Salads?
A fall salad is characterized by the use of seasonal ingredients that reflect the cozy nature of the season. They’re earthy and hearty, with a focus on textures and warm colors. A fall salad can be just as inviting as a spring or summer salad, you just have to know what to look for. The greens are a little bit heartier, the fruits a bit richer, the cheeses definitely tangier. Nuts and seeds are a must.
tips for crafting fall salads
Lean into seasonal salad ingredients ~ here’s a great cheat sheet to choose from:
FALL FRUITS: Apples, Pears, Grapes, Pomegranate Seeds, Persimmons, Figs, Cranberries
FALL VEGGIES: Winter Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Beets, Cauliflower, Carrots, Cabbage
FALL GREENS: Kale, Spinach, Arugula, Frisée, Endive, Romaine, Mizuna, Watercress, Radicchio
FALL NUTS & SEEDS: Pecans, Hazelnuts, Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds
FALL CHEESES: Goat Cheese, Blue Cheese, Gorgonzola, Brie, Feta
FALL GRAINS: Farro, Rye, Quinoa, Barley, Wild Rice
FALL DRESSINGS & FLAVORS: Balsamic Vinegar, Maple Syrup, Cider, Honey, Tahini, Mustard, Pomegranate
Generous chunks of creamy camembert cheese keep this fruit and vegetable salad from feeling too lightweight. Kale leaves take the place of lettuce, and a beautiful array of late summer and fall fruits like apples, figs, and currants take center stage. But I think it’s the cider and poppy seed dressing that really takes it over the top!
This show stopping salad can be made on individual plates or as one stunning platter! The creamy walnut dressing is unique and amazing.
The quintessential fall salad featuring everybody’s favorite fall fruit and tons of crunch! Walnuts and celery add a hint of bitterness for a sophisticated flavor profile.
My charcuterie salad is the dictionary definition of a hearty salad!
Tomatoes, figs, walnuts, and irresistible little rounds of fried goat cheese make an unlikely but AMAZING combination in this salad.
This hybrid slaw is a fabulous way to transition from summer to fall…
A classic wild rice salad with roasted butternut squash, cranberries, and Granny Smith apples!
I just love the mix of flavors here. Sweet, roasted apples and bitter, crisp radicchio work beautifully with the salty, savory bacon making this salad main-course-worthy.
This unusual fall salad comes together in a flash ~ it’s perfect for those first chilly lunches of the season.
If leafy green salads just aren’t your thing, this rice salad combines the best of late summer (cherry tomatoes, zesty fresh mint), with the best of early fall (roasted Brussels sprouts, beets, toasted hazelnuts and potatoes) for a super-satisfying meal.
Delicious! You need to make this ultimate fall salad, if only for those pecans!
A fall salad that’s healthy and colorful ( with, yes, more pecans!) Shredding the kale makes it extra tender and butternut squash adds a touch of sweetness.
The last of the summer basil meets the first fall root crops and magic happens!
I love this simple earthy fall salad ~ the chewy rye berries go so well with the sweet tender carrots.
This hearty grain based salad just seems to get better the longer it hangs out in the fridge!
It would be hard to outshine this colorful fall salad on a harvest table!
Without any classic seasonal ingredients, the classic Caesar salad is always welcome in Fall.