18 Delicious Fall Salads


Tasty fall salads packed full of seasonal produce like crisp apples, squash, kale and more! Take advantage of the autumn harvest with these salad recipes.

I’m sure you’re aware of my salad obsession by now, but did you know that fall is my absolute favorite season for salads?!

Indeed! I love spring salads with their light baby greens, asparagus and fresh berries and I definitely go crazy for fresh peaches, sweet corn and juicy tomatoes throughout the summer, but fall salads are simply the best. I’m talking big salads with flavorful goodies like dark leafy greens, crisp apples, root veggies and sweet roasted winter squash. Swoon!

Fall salads will always reign supreme in my book. That’s why I created this little roundup with some of the best fall salads.

I personally want to host a fall harvest SALAD party and make them all. Who wants to come?

Salad Recipes to Make This Fall

Fuji Apple Salad

4.32 from 16 votes
This delicious meal-sized salad is inspired by Panera’s Fuji apple salad with fresh apple slices, gorgonzola, tomatoes, pepitas and a white balsamic vinaigrette.
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Fuji apple chicken salad with gorgonzola cheese, pepitas, tomatoes and dressing.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

3.72 from 32 votes
This vibrant roasted butternut squash salad features kale, dried cranberries and roasted walnuts in an easy balsamic dressing.
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Oval serving tray with kale and butternut salad. Wood salad tongs are beside the plate.

Fall Harvest Spinach Salad

4.53 from 46 votes
Loaded with fall favorites like butternut squash, chopped apples and dried cranberries, this fall harvest spinach salad is packed with nutrition and flavor.
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Salad plate filled with spinach harvest salad including butternut squash, cranberries, quinoa, pecans, and apples. A fork of on the plate and a dish towel to the side.

Roasted Vegetable Salad

4.66 from 20 votes
This roasted vegetable salad features Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and cauliflower with a zesty horseradish dressing.
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Bowl with roasted vegetable salad with kale and beans.

Fall Harvest Breakfast Salad

5 from 8 votes
A festive fall breakfast salad with cinnamon roasted butternut squash, apple slices, avocado, red onion, walnuts, hemp seeds and an egg!
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Fall breakfast salad in a bowl with apples, avocado, squash, onion, and walnuts on greens.

Sweet Kale Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

4.47 from 13 votes
Inspired by the popular chopped salad kits, this sweet kale salad is loaded with crunchy greens and topped with dried cranberries, pepitas and a creamy poppyseed dressing.
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Plate and fork with sweet kale salad topped with poppyseed dressing, cranberries and pepitas.

Waldorf Salad

3.84 from 6 votes
This Waldorf salad is loaded with apples, celery and walnuts. It’s crisp, crunchy, refreshing and perfect served as a light appetizer or side salad.
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Waldorf salad served in a bowl over lettuce.

Garlicky Kale Salad

4.61 from 61 votes
This garlicky kale salad is the best kale salad ever and so easy to whip up. The zesty tahini dressing is absolutely delicious and makes this recipe taste JUST like the Whole Foods garlicky kale. 
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White bowl with garlicky kale salad and who silver serving spoons.

Kale Caesar Salad

5 from 2 votes
Swap romaine for curly kale to make this amazing kale caesar salad with crunchy sourdough croutons and a creamy, healthy caesar dressing.
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A serving bowl containing kale caesar salad. Two serving spoons rest in the bowl.

Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad

4.56 from 9 votes
A crunchy brussels sprouts chopped salad with hard boiled eggs, creamy goat cheese, dried cranberries, crisp toasted walnuts and a tangy apple cider vinegar dressing.
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Healthy chopped Brussels sprout salad with feta, walnuts, cranberries, and egg.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

3.83 from 192 votes
This roasted sweet potato salad has chopped spinach, creamy avocado chunks, red onion and dried cranberries. Serve as a side dish with your favorite protein. 
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Bowl of roasted sweet potato salad with cranberries, onion, spinach and avocado.

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad

4.04 from 63 votes
This kale and Brussels sprout salad is filled with shredded kale and sprouts, cranberries, marinated onions, almonds and pecorino cheese. It’s sure to be a family favorite!
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Kale and brussels sprout salad in a bowl with serving spoons.

Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale and Quinoa Salad

4.12 from 18 votes
A delicious and healthy quinoa salad with kale, roasted sweet potatoes and caramelized red onions. It’s vegan, gluten-free and perfect for meal prep.
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Kale salad with quinoa and roasted sweet potatoes on top.

Chicken Waldorf Salad

4.88 from 16 votes
This healthy chicken Waldorf salad uses grilled chicken and a light dressing that blends mayo with Greek yogurt! Great for sandwiches, wraps and salads.
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Bowl of chicken waldorf salad made with chunks of grilled chicken, chopped apple, celery, onion, herbs, walnuts and a creamy dressing.

Beet Salad

4.17 from 6 votes
An easy beet salad with arugula, pecans, gorgonzola and a delicious balsamic dressing. Perfect as a side or topped with protein for a meal sized salad.
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Arugula and beet salad topped with pecans and gorgonzola cheese.

Pear Salad with Walnuts, Avocado and Grilled Chicken

4.42 from 17 votes
An easy pear salad with walnuts, avocado and grilled chicken. This combo makes for a satisfying meal-sized salad that’s perfect for pear season!
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Salad topped with pears, grilled chicken, turkey bacon, cranberries, goat cheese, walnuts, and avocado with a fork.

Harvest Fall Salad

4.25 from 12 votes
This cozy fall salad combines baby kale, roasted kabocha squash, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and feta all tossed in a tangy apple cider vinegar dressing.
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An overhead photo of a bowl of kale topped with 3 slices of roasted kabocha squash and scattered with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and feta. A fork rests in the bowl.

Barley Salad with Chickpeas and Pears

4.59 from 24 votes
This hearty barley salad is packed with chickpeas, walnuts, crunchy pears, sun dried tomatoes and parsley. It’s such a flavorful combo and is perfect for meal prep and potlucks.
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Bowl of barley salad with chickpeas and pear. Table is scattered with herbs and walnuts.

Make the Perfect Fall Salad

Lastly, here is one of my favorite fall salad recipes with roasted kabocha squash and an amazing apple cider vinegar dressing. You could swap the kabocha squash with another winter squash (like butternut squash) or even roasted sweet potatoes. It will still be incredibly cozy and taste like fall in a bowl!

18 Delicious Fall Salads + Kabocha Squash Salad

4 from 7 votes
This cozy fall salad combines baby kale, roasted kabocha squash, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and feta all tossed in a tangy apple cider vinegar dressing.
An overhead photo of a bowl of kale topped with 3 slices of roasted kabocha squash and scattered with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and feta. A fork rests in the bowl.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2


  • 4 cups baby kale,
  • ½ medium kabocha squash
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup pumpkin spiced pepitas
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta


  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, more if needed
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more if needed


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Wash the outside of the kabocha squash with warm water. Cut the squash in half and scoop out all the seeds. Cut the squash into 1-inch semicircles. Toss the squash pieces with oil, sprinkle with sea salt and spread on a roasting pan.
    Slices of kabocha squash on a baking pan drizzled with oil.
  • Roast the squash for 15 minutes, remove from oven to toss, then roast for another 10-15 minutes, or until tender and golden.
  • While squash is roasting, prepare the dressing by placing all ingredients except the olive oil in a small bowl. Whisk until combined, then slowly whisk in the olive oil. Set aside.
  • To prepare the salads, place a portion of the kale on a plate, top with a portion of cranberries, pepitas and feta. Add the roasted kabocha slices, drizzle with desired amount of dressing and serve.
    An overhead photo of a bowl of kale topped with 3 slices of roasted kabocha squash and scattered with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and feta. A fork rests in the bowl.


Serving: 1/2 of recipe Calories: 472kcal Carbohydrates: 22g Protein: 10g Fat: 41g Saturated Fat: 5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 21g Sodium: 788mg Potassium: 821mg Fiber: 6g Sugar: 7g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall salad


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    1. Claire
      April 29, 2022 AT 11:53 pm

      I would love to see a post like this for the other seasons too! They are so helpful and since stores now have most ingredients year-round, it’s nice to know which ingredients are in season so I can take advantage of the freshest produce. Let me know if you plan on doing more seasonal salad posts!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 2, 2022 AT 7:55 am

        Hi, Claire! Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely keep that in mind!

    2. Paulette A
      December 4, 2021 AT 11:18 pm

      I just want to say I love the fact that there is a “in season” section, since I love making recipes with the seasons!

      Thank you! 😀

    3. Melissa
      October 20, 2016 AT 12:33 am

      This blog post is glorious! Thank you for all the choices.

    4. Aimee @ShugarySweets
      October 19, 2016 AT 9:00 am

      So many great salads in one place!!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 19, 2016 AT 5:01 pm

        Thanks Aimee!! 🙂

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