Enjoy the flavors of the fall season when you make these easy and healthy fall salad recipes! These salad ideas are the perfect addition to Thanksgiving or fall gathering.
I have teamed up with some other bloggers to share our favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving! Stick around to the end of the post to check out the other Thanksgiving side dish recipes. This post was originally featured in September 2019 but I have updated the post with some new favorite salad ideas.
FALL SALAD RECIPE IDEAS
While we often think about turning to comfort foods in the fall, salads are another way to get the flavors of autumn! Some of the best fruits and vegetables are available in the fall, so take advantage of the fall harvest when you make any of these eight salad recipes!
I do crave all the soups and warm foods in the fall, however, I still love to make salads all season long. Salads are the perfect dish to take to a party or to add to the table for a Sunday dinner. There are endless ways to make a salad and you can always switch things up by just swapping out a few ingredients.
I gathered up some of my favorite fall salad recipes. One of my favorite dishes to bring to a gathering is a salad. Then, I can guarantee I will eat a vegetable or two. Plus, salads are a versatile dish that almost anyone likes to eat. These fall salad recipes would make great side dishes for Thanksgiving or a fall dinner.
ONE| KALE SALAD WITH ROASTED PUMPKIN, CRANBERRIES & GOAT CHEESE
Every year we plant a small front yard garden and one of the best crops of our garden is KALE. It never stops growing all the way into the winter. We have to get creative on how to use up all the kale. Good thing there are so many yummy fall kale salad recipes.
This Kale Salad with Roasted Pumpkin, Cranberries and Goat Cheese from Heather Cristo is delicious! If pumpkin is not your favorite, you can easily swap with butternut squash or sweet potatoes. I recommend you do not leave out the goat cheese as it really makes this fall salad so good!
Kale Salad with Roasted Pumpkin, Cranberries and Goat Cheese C/O Heather Christo
I know not everyone loves kale, so if you really stand it, you could swap with spinach or arugula. But I do encourage you to try kale for this recipe. Be sure to use curly kale which is much easier to eat than the tougher kale options like flat or Lacinto Kale.
Quick Tip: Homemade dressings are so easy to make,. However, if you are short on time or you don’t know if everyone would like the same dressing, you could easily grab a few, high quality, store bought salad dressings. Look for salad dressing that just have a few simple ingredients and avoid the ones with a lot of added sugar!
TWO| ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SALAD
One of my favorite foods in the fall is roasted butternut squash. I love butternut squash in soups and also roasted to perfection. The rest of my family doesn’t seem to love butternut squash as much as I do, but I have found that they seem to buy into it when it’s in a salad.
This Roasted Butternut Squash Salad screams FALL to me. From the roasted butternut squash pieces to the just a little bit sweet salad dressing made with maple syrup it encompasses all the good flavors of Autumn.
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad C/O Lemon Tree Dwelling
THREE| SWEET APPLE AND CHEDDAR BABY SPINACH FALL SALAD
If you are looking for an easy fall salad recipe with apples, you will want to try this Sweet Apple and Cheddar Baby Spinach Salad. The cheddar cheese and spinach combined with the homemade shallot dressing make this salad so yummy!
SWEET APPLE AND CHEDDAR BABY SPINACH FALL SALAD c/o Miss Sue Living
This fall salad is a great option when you want to use just a few simple ingredients, most of which you probably have on hand!
Homemade salad dressings are so easy to make –once you start making them, you won’t want to go back to store bought dressings!
FOUR| APPLE, PEAR AND TOASTED WALNUT WITH PORK TENDERLOIN
Salads are not just for side dishes. A hearty fall salad can also be the MAIN EVENT:) If you are looking for a filling fall salad for dinner, try this Apple, Pear and Toasted Walnut Salad with Pork Tenderloin!
Apple, Pear and Toasted Walnut Salad with Pork Tenderloin c/o Scattered Thoughts Crafty Mom
The pear and apple slices give the salad the perfect amount of crunch and sweetness. I love that the salad dressing is only FOUR ingredients but yet so good! You have no excuse not to make this Balsamic Dressing from scratch!
FIVE| FALL HARVEST CHOPPED SALAD
This Fall Harvest Chopped Salad is one of my favorite fall recipes. What sets this salad apart is the inclusion of roasted pumpkin seeds and unsweetened cranberries. The salad dressing in this chopped salad is so good with the little bit of sweetness from maple syrup!
This fall salad recipe is another great option for your Thanksgiving meal!
SIX| FALL QUINOA SALAD WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND APPLES
For a heartier fall side dish, this Quinoa Salad with Butternut Squash and Apples is so delicious!
You could even serve this fall salad as a main vegetarian entree as the grains and butternut squash are very filling!
SEVEN| AUTUMN COBB SALAD
I’ll admit that I LOVE Cobb Salads. Give me all the avocados and bacon! This Autumn Cobb Salad is a delicious twist on a classic salad.
Autumn Cobb Salad c/o Foodie Crush
This fall Cobb salad contains all the Cobb goodness that you love including eggs, bacon and avocado PLUS a ton of FALL favorite ingredients! YUM!
EIGHT| BROWN BUTTER PASTA WITH SWEET POTATOES AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS
I’ve got two more salads for you and they are both pasta salads! The Brown Butter Pasta with Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts is an awesome side dish to a fall gathering!
c/o Two Peas and Their Pod
The brown butter sauce is amazing and surprisingly simple to whip up! You’ve got to add this pasta salad to your fall dinner menu!
NINE| FALL HARVEST PASTA SALAD
This Fall Harvest Pasta is another amazing fall side dish. I made this several years ago and then forget about it until I was looking through my saved recipes on Pinterest. Do you have one of those Pinterest categories with “Recipes I’ve Made”? It is so helpful to look through the folder and remind yourself of some of your favorite recipes.
Fall Harvest Salad C/O Inspired by Charm
Be sure to use tri-color pasta and it makes the dish so colorful and festive!
Fall is the perfect time for homemade family dinners and enjoying the flavors of the season. What is your favorite fall salad recipe?
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