11 Healthy Fall Salad Recipes You Never Knew You Needed

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You may think that salads are only for summer, but fall can be an even better season for those who enjoy a good, hearty salad. Ditch the lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers for a while, and try something different with these eleven recipes that will make you crave salads all year round.

1. Chicken Quinoa Salad With Apples

A white bowl filled with Chicken Quinoa Salad With Apples.
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If you love simple and light flavors, this Chicken Quinoa Salad With Apples recipe is the one you need. It has a nice combination of quinoa, chicken, apples, and walnuts, which makes it a great option for lunch or dinner.

2. Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

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Fall is a great time to incorporate more hearty squash into your diet, like butternut squash. This butternut squash quinoa salad is hearty and incorporates a lot of fall flavors into a single dish. There are lots of additional toppings you can add to really make this dish your own. 

3. Apple Slaw

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Fall is apple season, so why not incorporate them into your salads, too? Thinly sliced apples, cabbage, and carrots make a delicious apple slaw. You can use it as a topping for burgers or hot dogs or serve it as a side dish. 

4. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

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You probably don’t normally think about using sweet potatoes in your potato salad, but turns out it’s delicious. This roasted sweet potato salad is packed full of flavors, and you can serve it warm or cold. It’ll be amazing either way. 

5. Autumn Cabbage Salad

Clean Eating Autumn Cabbage Salad Recipe
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This autumn cabbage salad is quick to make and delicious to eat. Shredded cabbage, chicken, apples, and pecans are all you need for this crunchy salad. This autumn cabbage salad has a homemade dressing that really brings out those fall flavors. 

6. Brussels Sprouts Salad

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The fall season is the perfect time to bring out this Brussels sprouts salad recipe. Brussels sprouts are packed full of immune-boosting vitamin C. Brussels sprouts combined with bacon, shallots, and a number of optional ingredients let you customize this salad to your taste. 

7. Tuscan Pasta Salad

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Tuscan pasta salad is a healthy dish that is full of vegetables, beans, and pasta that makes a perfect fall meal. You can change the ingredients in this Tuscan pasta salad based on what you have available in the fridge or pantry and still end up with a great dish. 

8. Herb & Garlic Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Herb And Garlic Roasted Sweet Potato Salad served on a white plate.
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This warm salad is a perfect side dish for fall. Sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic are all roasted in the oven and combined with red wine vinegar and herbs. This herb and garlic roasted sweet potato salad might even find a place on your holiday table this year. 

9. Kale Quinoa Salad 

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This salad makes for a hearty and easily portable lunch that is packed full of flavor. Baby kale, pre-cooked quinoa, chopped apples, walnuts, and your favorite vinaigrette are all that you need to make it. This kale quinoa salad is sure to become a lunchtime favorite.

10. Black Bean Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

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This hearty vegetarian salad is filling enough to be served for dinner. Roasted sweet potatoes and black beans are combined with chopped vegetables, herbs, and lemon juice. Your family will love this black bean roasted sweet potato salad

11. Chicken Apple Salad

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There’s never a bad time to have a tasty chicken salad, but it makes an excellent fall dinner for a busy weeknight or an easy lunch in the park. Chicken, apples, onions, and walnuts are all you need for this chicken apple salad recipe. This is a great recipe for using up leftover chicken, too. 

Prefer Sandwiches? Try One Of These!

A closeup of a Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken sandwich topped with creamy coleslaw on a whole grain bun.
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If you prefer sandwiches to wraps, I’ve gotcha covered there, too. Here’s a fabulous collection of sandwich recipes that taste amazing and might actually be good for you, too.

Need Dinner Ideas Too?

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Sick of the same ol’ chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

A skillet filled with ground turkey, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado and garnished with fresh parsley.
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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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