17 Colorful, Comforting Fall Salads to Make This Season

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Salads and I aren’t besties even during peak summer, when greens can be littered with strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and other deliciousness that masks what’s otherwise, IMHO, almost total flavorlessness. So you can bet that when I start dreaming about the fall foods I’m excited about, salads aren’t at the top of my list. But these recipes are about to change that.

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Starring ingredients like butternut squash, apples, pears, pomegranates, spiced pecans, and other autumn goodies, these salads are richer, more comforting, and likely more filling than many of their summer equivalents. So quit bumming about the weather cooling off and celebrate what’s great about fall recipes and produce—these 17 salads make it easy.

Originally published October 2016. Updated November 2017.

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Fall Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Fall Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Fall Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Fall Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad
Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad
Harvest Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad
Harvest Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad
Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken
Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken
Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Pecans and Avocados
Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Pecans and Avocados
Harvest Apple Salad with Pomegranate
Harvest Apple Salad with Pomegranate
Harvest Quinoa Salad
Harvest Quinoa Salad
Sweet Potato, Pomegranate, and Crispy Quinoa Salad
Sweet Potato, Pomegranate, and Crispy Quinoa Salad
Mushroom Salad with Lentils and Caramelized Onions
Mushroom Salad with Lentils and Caramelized Onions
Apple Cranberry Pecan Spinach Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette
Apple Cranberry Pecan Spinach Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette
Pear, Pomegranate, and Spinach Salad
Pear, Pomegranate, and Spinach Salad
Butternut Squash and Bacon Salad
Butternut Squash and Bacon Salad
Fall Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad
Fall Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad
Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing
Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing
Autumn Apple and Pear Salad
Autumn Apple and Pear Salad
Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad
Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

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  • Fall Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • Fall Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad
  • Harvest Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad
  • Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken
  • Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Pecans and Avocados
  • Harvest Apple Salad with Pomegranate
  • Harvest Quinoa Salad
  • Sweet Potato, Pomegranate, and Crispy Quinoa Salad
  • Mushroom Salad with Lentils and Caramelized Onions
  • Apple Cranberry Pecan Spinach Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette
  • Pear, Pomegranate, and Spinach Salad
  • Butternut Squash and Bacon Salad
  • Fall Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad
  • Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing
  • Autumn Apple and Pear Salad
  • Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

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