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by Cora L. Diekman

1. Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Chickpeas, and Tahini Dressing

There are so many things to love about fall salads – sweet and savory combinations, lots of rich candied toppings, and ingredients that are healthy and yet filling enough to make a meal.  Keep this yummy salad on file for a light dinner, lunch, or even a Thanksgiving side.  And if you’ve never tried butternut squash before, this salad is reason enough.

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2. Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

It sounds simple, and that’s for a reason – these few ingredients are all it takes to create a flavorful and filling salad that’s also packed full of healthy eats.  If feta isn’t your fave, try swapping out for blue or goat cheese instead.

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3. Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing

This salad is ALL about the dressing.  If you like Green Goddess (and who doesn’t?) this pumpkin version is the perfect autumn twist.

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4. Apple-Pecan-Rosemary Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Not all salads are destined for a bowl and a fork – some are best eaten piled high on thick slices of fresh bread.  Think of this as a traditional chicken salad with a serious fall upgrade.

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5. Caramel Apple Pretzel Salad

Dessert salads are a must – especially once the weather turns cool and we crave the comforts of richer, more decadent eats. This dessert has all of the satisfying flavor, with only a fraction of the guilt.

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6. Harvest Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is still huge on the superfood scene, so why not update it with some craveable fall-inspired flavors?  Hint: When in doubt, add butternut squash and dried cranberries.

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7. Harvest Cobb Salad

Everyone loves a cobb salad, and why not?  It’s full of filling protein-packed ingredients like bacon, egg, and cheese, just to name a few.  Add a layer of pecans and apple for added crunch, and a few dried cranberries complete the harvest flavor theme.

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8. Honeycrisp Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts and Cider Vinaigrette

Keep this salad idea on hand for a light lunch or dinner side.  To turn these greens into a full meal, top with rotisserie chicken, or even fried chicken tenders if you’re craving crunch.

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9. Twix Apple Fluff Salad

Can there be enough dessert salads?  Nah, we think not.  These ingredients come together to create a delicious candy bar-inspired bowl of crunchy-sweet happiness.

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10. Apple Cranberry and Almond Coleslaw

Coleslaw isn’t only for the summer months.  You can absolutely update this picnic staple for fall weather noshing, and this recipe is proof.

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11. Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad with Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Yes, the name is long. And yes, it’s worth it.

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12. Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad

If you’ve never heard of an autumn take on pasta salad, this recipe happened just in time.  Pasta mixes with tons of crunchy ingredients like celery, apples, and pecans to create a hearty bowl of salad deliciousness that’s perfect for lunch.  The recipe suggests that feta is optional, but we say cheese is always a good idea.

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13. Kale Butternut Squash Farro Salad

This salad is the trifecta of superfoods, with a fall twist.  And since every ingredient resists wilting, it can be easily prepped in advance for weekday lunches at the office.

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14. a href=”http://juliasalbum.com/2015/10/roasted-brussels-sprouts-cinnamon-butternut-squash-pecans-and-cranberries/” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries

Brussels sprouts get a bad rap, but have you ever tried them roasted?  Top them with cinnamon butternut squash and they may become your new favorite cold-weather veg.

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15. Roasted Carrot Lentil Salad

This salad is almost too pretty to eat.  But with so many tasty ingredients – not the mention the homemade tahini dressing – you won’t be able to resist.

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16. Moroccan-Style Roasted Vegetable Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Not your average salad, this recipe is packed full of unexpected flavors like cumin, paprika, and cilantro.  And don’t skip the crispy chickpea topper, which totally makes the dish.

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17. Fall Superfood Detox Salad

It’s always a good idea to have a detox recipe or two under your belt, and this superfood salad is perfect for fall.

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18. Warm Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad

It may seem like an odd combination, but sweet potatoes and black beans create the perfect harmony of sweet and savory for topping a bed of crunchy greens.

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19. Pear and Fennel Salad

If you’ve never tried fennel, it has a unique flavor that’s unlike any other vegetable.  Slicing them thinly with a mandolin will allow you to give them a try one small bite at a time.

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20. Northern Spy’s Kale Salad

This is a take on a delicious kale salad by the Northern Spy Food Company in Manhattan’s East Village.  The secret is cheddar cheese, and since it gets better as it sits, feel free to make an extra-large batch in advance.

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21. Killer Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

The name says it all.  Hot bacon dressing?  Yes, please.

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22. The Pioneer Woman’s Kale Citrus Salad

If you know the Pioneer Woman, you know this salad is going to be amazing – perfect for fall with a twist of citrus to keep the flavors bright and fresh.

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23. Wild Rice Lentil Salad with Apples and Cranberries

Why don’t more salads call for rice?  This delicious salad-side is full of crunch and plenty filling as is, but feel free to mix in some chicken for a heartier dish.

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24. Easy Harvest Almond Chicken Salad

Take a shortcut to delicious chicken salad with this recipe that calls for canned chicken.  You can also use tuna, or even upgrade to rotisserie chicken if you have the time.  Stuff into sandwiches, lettuce cups, or just eat with a fork.  (It’s a salad, after all.)

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25. Fall Salad with Lentils, Grapes, and Roasted Pumpkin

If you’ve never cooked with real pumpkin, it’s nearly identical to butternut squash.  Just peel, chop, roast, and pile on top of a salad for instant autumn salad wow-factor.

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26. Apple Snickers Salad

Think of this as one of those gigantic gourmet candy-coated apples, only deconstructed.  Snickers, apples, pudding, caramel, done. More of a sweet addition to brunch buffet offerings than a full meal, but certainly one your guests will want you to bring to their events, too!

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27. Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Turmeric Dressing

If you’re bored with the same old salad ingredients, this dish is sure to shake things up.  We’re betting roasted cauliflower will be a delicious twist on your salad routine, and the turmeric dressing is packed full of international flair.  Plus, this salad tastes even better on the second and third day, so feel free to make it well in advance – great for weekday lunches.

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28. Fresh Apple Salad with Cinnamon Tahini Drizzle

A cinnamon tahini drizzle makes everything better, but especially a crunchy apple salad.  (And yes, you can still do avocado in the fall.)

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29. Roasted Balsamic Beet, Goat Cheese, and Pistachio Salad

Not all beets come from a can.  And since they’re packed full of nutrition, they’re worth roasting from scratch at least once. Give this yummy salad a try and you may just discover a new favorite.

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30. Fall Tabbouleh with Pomegranate and Feta

Get your Mediterranean fix with this take on tabbouleh packed with fresh herbs, bulgur, and feta.  Pomegranate takes center stage, but there’s a ton of other flavors going on here, including a homemade dressing with fresh lemon juice.  Yum!

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31. Bacon and Blue Broccoli Salad

Bacon and blue cheese add a richness to broccoli salad that’s just perfect for the fall.  Keep this recipe on file as an easy game day side that promises not to wilt.

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32. Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta

This yummy side does double duty as a green-free salad or a simple side dish.  Consider swapping out with blue cheese for a tangier flavor, or top with crumbled bacon for a Thanksgiving-worthy upgrade.

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33. Autumn Quinoa Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

Don’t let the simple look of this dish fool you – a homemade vinaigrette with Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup adds plenty of complex flavor to a surprisingly healthy salad.

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34. Cranberry Pecan Wild Rice Salad

No one will be able to resist digging into this colorful wild rice salad.  Every ingredients adds a little something special, but a handful of candied pecans makes it over-the-top delicious.

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35. Harvest Apple Salad with Pomegranate, Avocado, and Blue Cheese

In this case, it’s all about presentation.  Even kids will have fun deconstructing these adorable apple salad bowls.  Try this recipe on picky eaters, or keep in mind when presentation is key – like holiday dinner time.

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