Toss all of your favorite fall ingredients into a bowl and you’ll have this Fall Harvest Salad! It’s packed with tender kale, caramelized butternut squash, crisp apple, chewy cranberries, creamy feta cheese and crunchy pepitas, and it’s tossed in a tangy apple cider vinegar dressing. It’s a great meal prep salad!

Fall harvest salad on a serving platter

It doesn’t get better for me than fall salads, especially when they’re packed with sweet and savory flavors.

My pear salad and persimmon salad have been family favorites for years, and this Fall Harvest Salad isn’t far behind.

It includes some of my favorite autumn produce, and it is truly fall in a bowl.

It’s guaranteed to dazzle your guests at holiday gatherings and dinner parties, or make your weeknight extra special.

Platter of harvest salad with wooden spoon

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • This Harvest Salad recipe is packed with sweet and savory flavors and is literally fall in a bowl.
  • It’s makes a healthy side dish or lunch, and the ingredients may be prepped in advance.
  • It’s gluten-free, vegetarian and may be made dairy-free and vegan by omitting the cheese.
  • It can be easily customized with your favorite greens, cheese, nuts and dressing.

Recipe ingredients

Harvest salad recipe ingredients

Ingredient notes

  • Kale. Tuscan and curly kale are my favorite for this salad as they’re nice and hardy and the bitter flavor pairs well with the sweetness of the squash, apples and cranberries. It’s best to use massaged kale to soften it, or you can use baby kale or your favorite greens instead.
  • Roasted butternut squash. I’ve used my cinnamon roasted butternut squash for this recipe as the cinnamon adds a nice layer of flavor. You can also season the squash simply with salt and pepper or your favorite herbs and seasoning, or sub with roasted sweet potato, kabocha or delicata squash.
  • Apple. Use your favorite variety, or substitute the apple with pear.
  • Feta cheese. Sub with goat cheese, manchego or omit to make this recipe vegan.
  • Dried cranberries. Sub with your favorite dried fruit or pomegranate.
  • Pepitas. Toasted pepitas are my favorite for this fall harvest salad, or you can sub with sunflower seeds or your favorite nuts.
  • Dressing. My sweet, tangy apple cider vinegar dressing pairs perfectly with the salad ingredients. It can be substituted with balsamic vinaigrette dressing or your favorite store bought brand.

How to make this recipe

This fall harvest salad recipe is extremely easy to prepare, and most can be done completely in advance.

Pro tip: Prep the kale, roasted butternut squash, pepitas and dressing in advance to make salad assembly go very quickly.

See the recipe card below for full instructions.

  1. Place the kale in a large bowl and massage it with a bit of oil if desired. Add roasted butternut squash, apple, feta cheese, and pepitas, then toss with enough apple cider vinegar dressing to coat.
Fall harvest salad with butternut squash on a platter

FAQs

Can I prep this Harvest Salad in advance?

This harvest salad recipe is great for meal prep. You can prep the kale, roast the butternut squash, toast the pepitas and prepare the dressing 1-2 days in advance, then toss with the dressing just before serving.

You can also portion the salad into individual containers and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Serving suggestions

This fall harvest salad is extremely versatile and can be served so many ways!

Recipe notes

  • Pro tip: Prep the kale, roasted butternut squash, pepitas and dressing in advance to make salad assembly go very quickly.
  • For best results, use massaged kale as it is much softer and milder in flavor. Not a fan of kale? Use your favorite greens.
  • Make this recipe dairy-free and vegan by omitting the feta cheese.
  • Seasonal swaps: Sub the butternut squash with roasted delicata, kabocha squash, or sweet potato, and the apple may be subbed with pear.
Spoonful of fall harvest salad on a platter

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Fall harvest salad on a serving platter

Fall Harvest Salad

This Fall Harvest Salad is packed with sweet and savory flavors and is tossed with a sweet, tangy apple cider vinegar dressing. It makes a great side dish or lunch and it can be prepped in advance!
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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch curly kale washed, torn and preferably massaged (see notes)
  • 2 cups roasted butternut squash
  • 1 large apple cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese sub with goat cheese or omit to make dairy-free
  • 1/2 cup toasted pepitas sub with sunflower seeds or your favorite nuts
  • apple cider vinegar dressing

Instructions 

  • Place the kale in a large bowl and massage with a bit of oil to tenderize it if desired.
  • Add the roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, feta cheese and pepitas, then toss with the desired amount of apple cider vinegar dressing to coat. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Pro tip: Prep the kale, roasted butternut squash, pepitas and dressing in advance to make salad assembly go very quickly.
  • For best results, use massaged kale as it is much softer and milder in flavor. Not a fan of kale? Use your favorite greens.
  • The dressing is not included in the nutrition information as it is included in a separate post.
  • To toast pepitas:  Place in a pan over medium heat and toast until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  • Seasonal swaps: Sub the butternut squash with roasted delicata, kabocha squash, or sweet potato, and the apple may be subbed with pear.

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.003g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 157mg, Potassium: 330mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 7199IU, Vitamin C: 32mg, Calcium: 144mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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