24 Best Fall Salad Recipes & Ideas | Easy recipes, dinners and meal ideas

The best flavors of the season

Fall is the time to enjoy warm, hearty, and nutritious meals, and luckily, the season is bursting with delicious vegetables. However, meals can get heavier and heavier as we head into the holiday season, so it’s a great idea to incorporate salad recipes into your weekly meal plan. These salads are anything but boring, and paired with your favorite homemade dressing, they’re the perfect addition to any fall table. Take this beauty, for example. Delicata squash is deliciously caramelized when roasted, bringing out a sweet flavor and sticky texture. The skin is tender enough to eat, so there is no need to peel it first. Layered on greens, sweetened with pomegranate seeds, and featuring a crunchy texture of roasted pumpkin seeds, this salad is one you’ll make all season long.

Get the recipe: Maple Roasted Delicata Squash Salad with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Kohlrabi and apple salad

Kohlrabi and apple are a winning combination in this refreshing salad. Toasted sunflower seeds add extra crunch and it all comes together in just 15 minutes. It’s the perfect weeknight salad for a fall day.

Get the recipe: Kohlrabi and Apple Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Hot Cider Vinaigrette

Butternut squash is one of the best parts of fall, and we’ll take any excuse to add it to our weeknight recipes. This warm and hearty salad is made with roasted butternut squash, arugula, walnuts and dried cranberries. It’s sweet, savory and hearty, so it’s a great addition to your fall table. Bring it to your next potluck or “friendship” celebration.

Get the recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette

Shredded Brussels sprouts salad

Shaving Brussels sprouts is a fun way to enjoy this hearty vegetable, and even haters will appreciate how easy they are to eat when shaved. Toss this chunky salad in a homemade citrus and shallot vinaigrette, then garnish with chopped hazelnuts and diced pecorino.

Get the recipe: Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Dates, Manchego and Almonds

Roasted Squash Salad

It wouldn’t be fall without roasted squash, and this salad recipe is simple and delicious. Ready in just 35 minutes, it combines butternut squash, acorn squash and kabocha squash. The Brussels sprouts add extra crunch and the arugula adds just the right amount of peppery flavor.

Get the recipe: Roasted Squash Salad

Thanksgiving Spoon Salad

Everyone’s favorite fall flavors come together in this hearty salad. Toasted pecans, roasted squash and dried cranberries are like an ode to Thanksgiving, and this salad is a great way to enjoy those festive flavors anytime you want. Top it with a zesty dressing and serve it by the spoonful at your next buffet.

Get the recipe: Thanksgiving Spoon Salad

Sweet and Salty Kale Salad

If you’re looking for a warm salad that tastes awesome but is surprisingly easy to make, try this Sweet and Salty Kale Salad. Roasted sweet potatoes and onions add a caramelized sweetness that pairs perfectly with a champagne pomegranate vinaigrette. Hearty kale is the perfect base for a hearty and nutritious side dish.

Get the recipe: Sweet and Salty Kale Salad

Roasted Grilled Salad

Crispy, crunchy and fresh, this hearty fall salad is filling and delicious. Sweet roasted shallots and butternut squash are topped with crunchy pecans, pumpkin seeds and crispy onions.

Get the recipe: Roasted Grilled Salad

Pear and blue cheese salad

Pear and blue cheese combine for the perfect balance of sweetness and umami in this easy salad. Ready in just 20 minutes, it’s an easy weeknight dish that feels like it should be reserved for a special occasion. Garnish with freshly chopped walnuts to add a crunchy texture to the creamy salad.

Get the recipe: Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Color Crunch Salad

This colorful salad tastes as good as it looks, thanks to the creamy peanut butter dressing. Ready in just 20 minutes, all you need are bright, colorful veggies like heirloom carrots, mixed radishes and fresh cucumber. A Y-peeler is the secret to shaving veggies efficiently, and juicy pomegranate seeds add extra sweetness.

Get the recipe: Colorful Crisp Salad

Crunchy Sweet Brussel Sprout Salad

It’s a hearty, warming salad that just tastes like fall. Lightly wilted Brussels sprouts mix with sweet and tart cranberries for the perfect side dish. Bring it to your next holiday party to wow your friends all season long.

Get the recipe: Crunchy Sweet Brussels Sprout Salad

Roasted Acorn Squash and Portobello Mushroom Salad with Radicchio, Apples and Pumpkin Seeds

Portobello mushrooms and roasted squash mean this salad is hearty enough to enjoy on its own, no entree required. It’s hearty and warm, with toasted pumpkin seeds for extra crunch.

Get the recipe: Roasted Acorn Squash and Portobello Mushroom Salad with Radicchio, Apples and Pumpkin Seeds

Thanksgiving Salad

Thanksgiving is a time for indulging, but it can’t hurt to balance the lush spread with some greens. This loaded salad combines an abundance of flavors and textures like fresh apples, pecans and crispy fried onions. Ready in less than an hour, it’s a perfect choice for dinner, lunch or a side dish.

Get the recipe: Thanksgiving Salad

Green salad with cranberry vinaigrette

Homemade Cranberry Dressing is a great way to add sweet and tangy flavor to any salad, and this one only takes 30 minutes to make. Drizzle it over the watercress and butter lettuce, then garnish with torn parsley and fresh tarragon.

Get the recipe: Green Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Warm Brussels sprout salad

If you’re tired of the same boring Brussels sprouts recipes, switch things up this year with a simple salad. Ready in just 20 minutes, this warm Brussels sprout salad is topped with crispy pancetta. Toss in red wine vinegar to brighten up the decadent dish.

Get the recipe: Warm Brussels Sprout Salad

Root vegetable salad with fried eggs

Root vegetables are hearty and flavorful, and they taste just like fall. This roasted root vegetable salad is tossed with delicate, peppery arugula, then topped with a fried egg and grated parmesan.

Get the recipe: Root Vegetable Salad with Fried Eggs

Autumn salad with spicy crunch

Crispy, crunchy, sweet and salty, this salad is like a sensory experience with every bite. The homemade spicy brittle is perfectly balanced by rich, fatty bacon and crunchy apples. The loaded salad is a perfect side dish, but it’s filling enough to be eaten as a complete meal as well.

Get the recipe: Autumn Salad with Spicy Crunch

Salad of beets and grated apples

Earthy beets are balanced with sweet, crisp apples in this hearty salad recipe. A shallot vinaigrette adds a zesty flavor and candied walnuts add a balanced sweetness. Serve alone or with your favorite fall entrée for a complete meal.

Get the recipe: Beet and Grated Apple Salad

Kale and Root Vegetable Salad

This hearty and energizing salad is packed with nutrients. Crunchy carrots, peppery radishes and crunchy quinoa are tossed with shredded Tuscan cabbage. Drizzle with a homemade red wine vinaigrette and serve.

Get the recipe: Kale and Root Vegetable Salad

Sesame Ginger Kale and Apple Salad

For a hearty salad with a burst of flavor, try this Sesame Ginger Kale Salad. Ready in just 30 minutes, it’s an easy way to wow your guests. Crispy apples, crunchy wontons and toasted almonds add just the right amount of texture.

Get the recipe: Kale Sesame Ginger Salad

Kale and Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

This hearty salad combines roasted squash with hearty kale and juicy pomegranate seeds. Chopped fresh rosemary adds fresh flavor and chopped bacon adds crispy richness. Serve with homemade red wine vinegar.

Get the recipe: Kale and Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Pear, celery and farro salad

For an easy weeknight meal, this simple salad can be ready in just 25 minutes. The best part? All you need are six ingredients. Walnut farro is tossed with pear, celery, parsley and parmesan, then seasoned with oil and apple cider vinegar. This dish is perfect as a side salad, but it’s also hearty enough to serve as a main course.

Get the recipe: Pear, Celery and Farro Salad

Celeriac salad

For a super easy recipe that can be ready in just 35 minutes, try this celeriac salad. Dijon, white wine vinegar and heavy cream combine to form a thick and creamy vinaigrette. Toss with curly and torn radicchio for an even crispier texture.

Get the recipe: Celeriac Salad

Butternut Squash and Sausage Salad

Sausage isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind when you think of salad, but this recipe will change that. In this dish, Italian sausage, butternut squash and red onion roast until lightly caramelized. Then the hot sweet and savory ingredients are mixed with mustard, vinegar and garlic. Mix with arugula and curlythen top with salted ricotta salad for a hearty and delicious salad.

Get the recipe: Butternut Squash and Sausage Salad