It’s hard to not fall for the flavors of fall. Butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, cranberry, apple…they warm the heart as much as they do the stomach. And the best part is: There are endless options of how to prepare them! But sometimes it can be tough to keep fall-inspired meals healthy. Often loaded with butter, cheese, cream, sugars, and other delicious (but not so nutritious) ingredients, it’s easy to overdo it with both serving sizes and sauces—which is where salads come in.
Full of fresh veggies and festive add-ins like spiced nuts and splashes of maple, fall salads bring together the best of the season without resulting in post-Thanksgiving dinner belly bloat. So get roasting, feasting, and mixin’ and matchin’ with these nine salad recipes—Turkey Day can wait.
This vibrant salad has the three musketeers of fall veggies: roasted beets, chard, and carrots. It also has less than 10 ingredients, making it a cinch to make; with the bold yet simple flavors, it’s even easier to eat. For extra flavor, roast the veggies with a tablespoon of honey.
This colorful salad has a drool-worthy orange-cranberry dressing that balances out the more bitter tasting kale and broccoli rabe. Packed with fennel, apple, cranberries, and touch of maple syrup, it's the perfect bowl of all things fall!
Believe it or not, the most awesome thing about this recipe isn’t the beautiful colors or the ingredients. (Though both certainly play a part.) The highlight is that it takes only 30 minutes to make while the taste (and presentation) seem like you slaved in the kitchen all evening. Did we mention it’s pretty darn healthy?
5. Almond Apple Quinoa Salad
Made with all-natural ingredients, loaded with produce, and tossed with protein-packed quinoa, this salad brings the power to power lunch. Try it served alongside (or stuffed in) a small sweet potato with a little bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top.
Nostalgic for summer already? This refreshing salad mixes orzo, a summer favorite, with butternut squash and a maple vinaigrette. The blogger keeps this recipe veg, but we think it would taste great with some grilled chicken, too.
A salad made with chips? Don’t mind if we do. They may be kale chips, but that doesn’t make the taste any less indulgent. Mixed with bacon, goat cheese, pomegranate, apples, sweet potato, and a few simple spices, the only thing missing is a fork so you can eat it stat.