15+ Best Fall Salad Recipes
This collection of Fall Salad Recipes is guaranteed to make eating salads exciting all season long! You’ll find sweet and savory salads, holiday-worthy salads and grain salads packed with some of the best autumn produce that the season has to offer!
Fall may be about cozy comfort food for most, but this time of year I always look forward to fall salad recipes packed with some of my favorite ingredients of the season.
Each of these recipes are festive and magical in their own rite, whether they incorporate figs, persimmon, pomegranate, pears, apple, brussels sprouts, butternut squash or hardy kale.
Many are great fall lunch ideas as they’re perfect for meal prep, they make great fall side dishes for soup and chili, and especially make a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving and Christmas menus.
Tips for the best fall salads
- Seasonal fall vegetables and fruits are the best ingredients to incorporate into your fall salads. Because they’re in season, they’re more than likely grown locally and will be much more fresh and flavorful. See the list of seasonal fall produce in the section below.
- Purchase your produce at a farmer’s market or look for signs that say locally grown in your market for maximum freshness.
- Select organic produce as its sustainably grown and doesn’t include harmful pesticides.
- Homemade salad dressings have a fresh flavor that will elevate any salad. See my collection of salad dressing recipes for inspiration.
Seasonal fall produce
- Bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- Citrus (lemons, limes)
- Collard greens
- Green beans
- Sweet potatoes
- Swiss chard
- Winter squash (acorn, butternut, delicata, kabocha, pumpkin, etc.)
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Fall salad ideas
Arugula Fig Salad combines sweet figs, peppery arugula, crisp apple, creamy goat cheese, crunchy walnuts and a warm spiced balsamic dressing! It’s vegetarian, gluten-free and it comes together in minutes!
The flavors of fall come alive with this Arugula Orange Pomegranate Salad! The sweet flavors of pomegranate and juicy oranges are in perfect balance with the savory flavors of peppery arugula, red onion, goat cheese and pecans. A tangy pomegranate dressing brings it all together for a salad that’s perfect for dinner parties, holidays or any night of the week!
This Broccoli Kale Salad is as delicious as it is nutritious! It’s packed with hardy kale, crunchy broccoli, crisp apples and chewy dried cherries, and it’s tossed in a sweet, tangy lemon poppy seed dressing to make the flavors come alive. This salad is gluten-free, vegan and perfect for meal prep lunch and dinner!
If you need a healthy, satisfying fall salad, look no further than this Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad. It’s packed with roasted butternut squash, hearty quinoa, baby kale, pecans and pomegranate, and it’s tossed in a tangy apple cider vinegar dressing. It’s gluten-free, vegan and makes a great meal prep lunch, dinner or holiday main course!
Fall side dishes don’t get better than this crunchy, addictive Creamy Coleslaw with Apples! It includes shaved fennel, chewy raisins, toasted almonds and a homemade coleslaw dressing. Serve for game day alongside pulled pork, bbq pulled chicken or air fryer hamburgers!
Need an easy yet elegant fall appetizer! These Endive Salad Bites are just the thing. Crisp Belgian endive is filled with the sweet and savory combination of juicy pears, tangy blue cheese, tart cranberries, pecans and a white balsamic dressing. They come together in minutes and always impress!
This Fall Fruit Salad by The Toasty Kitchen is filled with fresh apples, blackberries, grapes, and pecans. It’s drizzled with a homemade cinnamon orange dressing that packs tons of fall flavor!
This Fall Harvest Salad is complete with hardy kale, roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, feta cheese, crunchy pepitas and a sweet, tangy apple cider vinegar dressing. The components can be prepped in advance making it perfect for busy weeknights, lunches and even holidays!
Make your holidays sparkle with this festive Holiday Salad! It’s packed with kale, sweet persimmon and pomegranate, creamy goat cheese, crunchy pecans and it’s tossed in a zesty orange dressing. It can be prepped in advance and it’s guaranteed to wow your guests!
If you need to detox after the holidays or simply need an exciting new salad recipe, this Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad is sure to satisfy! It’s crunchy, nutritious, and is tossed in a tangy, refreshing lemon vinaigrette. It’s gluten-free, vegan and is clean eating at its best!
This Kale Apple Salad is the perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors with lacinto kale, radicchio, crisp apple, tart-sweet pomegranate, creamy feta and toasted pepitas. The tangy apple cider vinegar dressing brings it all together for one unforgettable fall salad!
Healthy should always taste as good as this Kale Salad with Cranberries! It’s packed with creamy goat cheese, juicy orange, chewy cranberries, crunchy pepitas, and it’s tossed in a tangy orange dressing. It’s refreshing and delicious, and may be made entirely in advance!
Kale salad and coleslaw collide in this crunchy, addictive Kale Slaw! Ribbons of kale are combined with broccoli slaw, apples and a sweet, tangy honey lime dressing. It’s gluten-free, vegan and great for meal prep!
Learn how to massage kale quickly and easily with this Massaged Kale Salad recipe! It will transform from leafy and hardy to soft and tender in mere minutes, which makes it so much easier to eat. The kale can be prepped up to a few days in advance to make salad assembly even faster!
This Pear Salad is an addictive blend of fresh greens, juicy pear, chewy dried cranberries, creamy feta cheese and toasted almonds. It’s tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing for a festive fall salad that’s packed with sweet and savory flavor!
If you’ve never used persimmons before, this Persimmon Salad recipe is the perfect place to start. They’re combined with baby spinach, feta cheese, dried cranberries, almonds and a flavorful apple cider dressing for a versatile salad that’s great for busy weeknights, dinner parties and holidays!
You can’t beat this Roasted Beet Salad! It’s fresh and vibrant with sweet roasted beets, juicy oranges, crisp fennel, creamy goat cheese and a bright blood orange dressing. It’s guaranteed to elevate any meal!
This creamy Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad is fresh, crunchy and utterly addictive! It’s tossed with savory bacon, crisp apple and creamy coleslaw dressing for one delicious side dish!
Spinach Apple Salad is a delicious blend of tender baby spinach, sweet apple, creamy feta cheese, chewy cranberries and crunchy walnuts tossed in a tangy apple cider vinegar dressing. It comes together in minutes and is family-friendly!
This Wild Rice Salad is hearty, nutritious and packed with fall flavor! It can be prepped entirely in advance, making it a great side dish, meal prep lunch or vegetarian dinner!