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20 Fall salads you'll want to make all season long

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

With the cooler weather, we're craving heartier meals. But that doesn't mean we have to eat heavy, cream-laden soups and stews all day. Switching up the components of your summer salads, we've rounded up the best fall-inspired salads that will keep you and your waistline happy.

Inspired by the copious amounts of salads we all consume during the hot summer months, we're trying to bring that healthy habit into the fall season by showing you how to use seasonal produce in a creative and delicious way. These salads are so hearty and packed with so much protein and freshness, you won't even miss your summer tomato salads (gasp!).

1. Warm brussels sprout salad with bacon, kamut and blue cheese

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: The Law Student's Wife

This warm brussels sprout salad with bacon, kamut and blue cheese is sure to get you excited for the cooler temperatures, the hearty salads and the overall upcoming season.

2. Fall salad with sage and roasted garlic vinaigrette

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

This fall salad is packed with nuts, sweet potatoes and a gorgeous roasted garlic vinaigrette that would pair deliciously with a grilled chicken breast or salmon filet.

3. Quinoa salad with butternut squash, dried cranberries and pepitas

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Two Peas and Their Pod

A hearty and whole grain salad, this quinoa salad with butternut squash, dried cranberries and pepitas is a great way to use your favorite dried fruits and nuts.

4. Roasted mushroom and romaine salad

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Cookin' Canuck

A vegan and delicious salad, this roasted mushroom and romaine salad is a quick and easy salad you can make on nights when you have no time to make dinner. Roasting the mushrooms enhances their earthy flavors.

5. Fresh cherry quinoa salad with pumpkin seeds recipe

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Once you see fresh cherries popping up in your local markets, it's time to make this cherry quinoa salad. The quinoa adds some great heartiness to it, and the blue cheese crumbles bring a pop of flavor and pair really well with the tart cherries.

6. Warm apple and fig salad with maple Dijon dressing

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Running to the Kitchen

Change up the temperature on your salads and serve this warm apple and fig salad with maple Dijon dressing — your guests will be delighted, as will you.

7. Roasted butternut squash, pomegranate and goat cheese salad

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Try this roasted butternut squash, pomegranate and goat cheese salad when the local squash is in season and you're able to find gorgeous, jewel-like pomegranates.

8. Lentil salad with grapes and feta

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Crumb Blog

Using lentils like this lentil salad with grapes and feta does provides a great source of protein in such a quick and simple salad. The addition of grapes brings in a hint of natural sweetness to the earthy salad.

9. Forelle pear and blue cheese salad with maple vinaigrette

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Taste Love & Nourish

Try a new pear every week, like using Forelle pears in this Forelle pear and blue cheese salad with maple vinaigrette.

10. Butternut squash cranberry sorghum salad

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Savory Simple

The use of the whole grain sorghum in this butternut squash cranberry sorghum salad is genius. Used as a base for the salad, it's hearty and tasty, perfect as a complete meal or as a side dish to your dinner.

11. Kale salad with warm cranberry vinaigrette

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Gimme Some Oven

The dressing of a salad becomes just as important as the salad greens themselves, and in this kale salad with warm cranberry vinaigrette, that's the situation. That vinaigrette is genius and oh so tasty.

12. Roasted fall vegetables salad with maple orange cinnamon dressing

Roasted fall vegetables salad with maple orange cinnamon dressing

Blog: The Roasted Root

Roasting fall vegetables brings out their natural sweetness, but what we're really obsessed with is the maple orange cinnamon dressing that goes with it. Gorgeous autumn flavors in one dressing.

13. Detox kale salad

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: The Healthy Maven

After a summer of indulgences, we all need to make this detox kale salad at least once a week. Packed with healthy ingredients like kale, sweet potatoes and hearts of palm, it's bound to become a favorite.

14. Sweet potato, apple and avocado salad

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Savory Simple

Pair the season's best sweet potatoes with the summer's best avocados and you've got this sweet potato, apple and avocado salad that brings them together. Plus, it's paleo, gluten free and vegan.

15. Apple-walnut rainbow chard salad

Apple-walnut rainbow chard salad

Blog: An Edible Mosaic

Eat a bowl of this apple-walnut rainbow chard salad and you'll be as healthy as an ox. The salad is packed with fresh apples, walnuts, shredded rainbow chard and celery, all known for their nutritious benefits.

16. Shaved brussels sprout salad

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Running to the Kitchen

Eating the sprouts raw makes this shaved brussels sprout salad a winner for anyone that hates mushy, overcooked brussels sprouts. Apples, pears and cranberries, tossed with a cider Dijon mustard dressing, make this salad come together.

17. Roasted cabbage salad with brown butter croutons

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Simple Bites

Try roasting cabbage and you'll get the main components for this roasted cabbage salad with brown butter croutons. And brown butter croutons? Why not?

18. Crispy roasted brussels sprout, beet and bacon salad

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Nutmeg Nanny

Textures play a big part in recipes and we're loving this crispy roasted Brussels sprout, beet and bacon salad. Crispy sprout leaves, roasted beets and salty bacon, all in a mustard and port wine dressing make this a great fall salad recipe.

19. Avocado and roasted yam fall ensalada

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Muy Bueno Cooking

This avocado and roasted yam fall ensalada is served right inside the avocado, making for easy cleanup. The addition of pumpkin seeds, cilantro and apples makes for a very unique fall salad.

20. Sweet potato pomegranate salad

Summer might be over, but we're still loving these 20 fresh salads for autumn

Blog: Two Peas and Their Pod

The combination in this sweet potato pomegranate salad pairs some of fall's best produce. Gorgeous, ruby red pomegranate seeds with the delicate earthiness of sweet potatoes makes this a winner in our book.

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