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This delicious collection of fall salad recipes features both green and pasta salad dishes filled with tasty and crisp autumn produce.

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Seasonal Fall Salads

Salads are my go-to when I eat out. I love the freshness and of course the variety of flavors! They make a filling and delicious main dish.

While salads are a popular summer staple, we really love to eat salads all year long. By utilizing seasonal produce, you can switch up the elements of a salad and make them perfect for any season.

This collection of fall salad recipes does just that! Filled with seasonal produce, and topped with the flavors of fall, these salads are fabulous!

Filling enough to be a main dish or a tasty accompaniment, you will love them all!

Brussel sprout salad on a white plate.

Elements of a Great Salad

When layering a salad I divide it into 4 elements: the base, the body, the toppings, and the dressing. 

The Base

The base of a salad is most often a mixture of leafy greens such as iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, cabbage, spinach, arugula, or kale. You can also use pasta as a base for salad. Generally, I use smaller noodles that you can spear with a fork such as shells, bow tie, penne, wagon wheel, and rigatoni.

The Body

The body includes a layer of produce and proteins. 

  • Favorite produce includes cabbage, carrots, broccoli, figs, grapes, pears, pomegranate, brussels sprouts, red onion, cauliflower, beets, butternut squash, cranberry, apples, or sweet potatoes.
    • The list could go on and you can really use whatever you think tastes great whether it’s in season or not. Take advantage of all the different colors and textures there are and give your eyes a feast before your mouth.
  • Favorite proteins. I love adding grilled steak or chicken breasts, cubed ham, boiled eggs, or bacon. This is a really easy way to increase a salad’s nutritional value and make it more hearty and filling.
Caesar salad dressing in a glass jar.

The Toppings

Includes everything else to add flavor and color to the lettuce salad.

  • Cheese. Cheese is an easy ingredient to use that will add an extra layer of flavor to pasta salads or veggie salads. It can be cubed, shredded, or crumbled. Some favorite cheeses include feta cheese, creamy goat cheese, parmesan cheese, blue cheese, gorgonzola cheese, and cheddar cheese.
  • Nuts and seeds. Almonds, walnuts, and pecans are the most used nuts, but any type can be used. Try them candied: Candied Pecans, Candied Walnuts, and Candied Almonds all make a salad extra special. You can also toss in some poppy seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds.
  • Fresh herbs. When adding herbs use a very light touch. You don’t want their flavor to overwhelm the rest of the dish. Some favorite autumn herbs include parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, lavender, cilantro, and mint. You can also use salt and black pepper to season your salad. 

The Dressing

In my opinion, the dressing you put on your salad is just as important as the produce used. Most recipes will give you dressing suggestions, but here are some individual dressing recipes you may like to have:

Fall salad with salad dressing.

serving + Storing Info

How much to serve. Another reason salads are great during the fall is that they help balance out heavier, warmer dishes like casseroles and soups.

When serving as a side dish plan to serve ½-1 cup (4-6 oz) pasta salad per guest. For green/vegetable salads plan to serve 1-2 c (2½ -5 oz) per person.

Make ahead of time. Most salads can be assembled 24 hours in advance and kept covered in the fridge. However, do not add the dressing until right before serving.

Prepare the different elements and keep them in separate containers until you’re ready to toss them together and serve. Make dressing up to a week ahead of time and store it in a mason jar or airtight container in the fridge. Give it a good shake before pouring.

STORE. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Note that green salads that already have dressing will only last 1-2 days. Pasta salads tend to get a bit dry when stored, so just add extra dressing before eating the leftovers.

best Fall Salads

So many great veggies are in season this time of year making salads heartier and more delicious in the fall. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite fall salad recipes!

Strawberry Harvest Salad

Strawberry harvest salad tastes just like the salad at Zupa’s! It’s topped with a homemade strawberry vinaigrette dressing.

1 Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe

Salad Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 14 votes
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Favorite Broccoli Salad

This sunny broccoli salad is a simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.

2 Broccoli Salad Recipe

Salad Broccoli Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

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4.98 from 82 votes
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Chicken Caesar Salad

This chicken caesar salad is jam packed with grilled chicken, croutons, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, parmesan cheese and tomatoes. It’s so flavorful, you won’t believe how simple it is to make!

3 Chicken Caesar Salad

Salad Chicken Caesar Salad
Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 21 votes
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Brussel Sprout Salad

Brussels sprout salad is as pretty as it is tasty—full of shredded Brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, sliced almonds, and a little bit of shaved parmesan.

4 Brussel Sprout Salad Recipe

Salad Brussel Sprout Salad Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Antipasto Salad

Antipasto salad Is the perfect summer salad! It’s filled with tomatoes, cheeses, cured meats, veggies and more and can be topped with your favorite dressing.

5 Antipasto Salad

Salad Antipasto Salad
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Flavorful and simple cauliflower salad with a creamy crunch! Filled with veggies, onions, bacon, sunflower seeds and cheese, this salad is sure to be a hit at any BBQ or get together.

6 Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 119 votes
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7 Layer Salad

7 layers of goodness in this delicious layered salad. This recipe isn’t only delicious, but is easy to customize and is great to make ahead of time too!

7 7 Layer Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish 7 Layer Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 20 votes
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Pizza Salad

Delish pizza salad is hearty & refreshing. All of the flavors of pizza on a bed of greens, topped with a homemade herb dressing!

8 Pizza Salad Recipe

Salad Pizza Salad Recipe
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Kale Salad

Sweet kale salad is topped with chunks of apple, candied pecans, dried cranberries, and bacon, served with a homemade sweet Dijon vinaigrette!

9 Kale Salad Recipe

Salad Kale Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Fall Fruit Salad

Fall fruit salad is full of seasonal fruit and dressed in a bright honey, orange, and poppy seed dressing!

10 Fall Fruit Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Fall Fruit Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Waldorf Salad

Waldorf salad is filled with texture and flavor. Chicken, grapes, crisp apple and more all tossed in a homemade poppyseed dressing, it’s perfect for any lunch, dinner or appetizer.

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Salad Waldorf Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 21 votes
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fall Pasta Salads

Don’t forget about the pasta salads! These are also perfectly simple to make and enjoy in the fall months.

Cashew Chicken Salad

Cashew chicken salad – A creamy chicken salad with pasta, grapes, cashews and more tossed in a delicious homemade dressing. It’s a great alternative to classic chicken salad.

12 Cashew Chicken Salad Recipe

Side Dish Cashew Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.94 from 16 votes
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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Buffalo chicken pasta salad is filled with spicy buffalo wings and topped with a tangy blue cheese dressing. It is easy and delish!

13 Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Layered Pasta Salad

A dish that is appealing to both your taste buds and your eyes! This beautiful layered pasta salad is filled with your favorite ingredients including pasta, chicken, peas, lettuce, celery, and more.

14 Layered Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Layered Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Asian Noodle Salad

This Asian noodle salad – coleslaw, linguine, chicken, and fried wonton strips covered in a delicious homemade Asian dressing!

15 Asian Noodle Salad Recipe

Salad Asian Noodle Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 10 votes
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Asian Pasta Salad

Easy & delicious Asian pasta salad topped with a sweet and tangy dressing is packed with veggies and flavor!

16 Asian Pasta Salad recipe

Salad Asian Pasta Salad recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Easy Tortellini Salad

Super YUMMY and easy tortellini salad filled with tortellini, salad, ranch, tomatoes and bacon bits – perfect for summer time!

17 Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe

Salad Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

4.96 from 22 votes
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Taco Pasta Salad

Delicious taco pasta salad filled with beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and more!!

18 Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad Taco Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Greek Pasta Salad

This delicious Greek pasta salad is filled with rotini pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and feta cheese and is covered in a tasty Greek dressing! It’s our new go-to pasta salad and is perfectly light and refreshing.

19 Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad Greek Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 10 votes
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Chinese Pasta Salad

Chinese pasta salad is filled with lettuce, pasta noodles, chicken, fried wontons, and more, all tossed in a delicious homemade dressing.

20 Chinese Pasta Salad Recipe

Appetizer, Salad Chinese Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 6 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Spinach And Tortellini Salad

This cold tortellini salad is the ultimate side dish for bbq and potlucks! With tortellini, spinach, tomatoes, olives, and parmesan tossed in Italian dressing, this tortellini spinach salad is packed with all the best flavors!

21 Spinach Tortellini Salad Recipe

Salad Spinach Tortellini Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.89 from 27 votes
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Best Fall Salad Recipes

Nothing beats a bowl of fresh salad any time of year and the fall is no exception! Whether you are looking for a great side dish or the star of the show there are so many delicious and easy salads to choose from on this list!

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