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This collection of 15+ dietitian-designed fall and winter salad recipe ideas showcase the best of seasonal produce! Here you’ll find plenty of kale salads, warm and hearty grain salads, as well as pasta salads. Many of them can be enjoyed as a main dish or served as a side salad (such as at a holiday gathering). These salad recipes are simple, healthy, and delicious!

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I don’t know about you, but as soon as the weather dips to cooler temperatures I find myself craving hearty, seasonal salads like the ones you’ll find in this recipe roundup!

These fall and winter salads celebrate the best of seasonal produce. You’ll find them packed with ingredients like kale, roasted squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, and hearty whole grains like quinoa or farro.

I promise that there’s no boring salads around here! Each of these recipes features a delicious dressing as well – many of them are rich, tahini-based ones and so satisfying.

As mentioned, these salads are all pretty straight-forward to make. In most of the recipes you’ll find ways to modify the salads to meet your dietary needs (such as making them vegan, dairy-free, or gluten-free if they aren’t already).

Plus, many of them can be enjoyed as sides or main dishes, and (compared to summer salads) most of them hold up really well as leftovers (packed lunch, anyone?)

I’d so love to know if you try any. Enjoy!

PS. Did you know that I have a spring and summer salad recipe roundup too?! Be sure to bookmark this page for when the seasons change 😉

1) Kale Butternut Squash Salad

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This kale butternut squash salad is made with delicious ingredients like farro, goat cheese, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. It's easy, healthy, and so satisfying!
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2) Warm Mushroom Salad With Miso Dressing

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This warm mushroom salad recipe is made with kale, farro, avocado, and topped with a delicious miso-sesame dressing. It's a hearty vegan salad that can been enjoyed as a side or a main!
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3) Roasted Broccoli Salad With Cranberry, Farro & Feta

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This Roasted Broccoli Salad is made with chewy farro, dried cranberries, crumbled feta, and a simple red wine vinegar + oregano salad dressing. It's easy, healthy, and the perfect side to add to your meal!
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4) Broccoli Kale Salad With Tahini Dressing

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This broccoli kale salad recipe is made with nutritious ingredients like quinoa, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and a creamy tahini dressing. It's a hearty and crunchy salad that's packed with fiber, healthy fats, and plant-based protein! Recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
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5) Kale Pasta Salad With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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This kale pasta salad is made with sun-dried tomatoes, red bell peppers, parmesan, and a simple red wine vinaigrette. It's an easy, delicious, and nutritious make-ahead meal! Recipe is vegetarian and can easily be made gluten-free.
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6) Vegan Kale & Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad

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This vegan kale and brussels sprout caesar salad recipe is made with apples, pomegranates, sourdough croutons, and a cashew-based caesar salad dressing. It's easy, healthy, and absolutely delicious!
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7) Roasted Pepper Salad With Farro & Goat Cheese

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This easy roasted pepper salad recipe is made with farro, goat cheese, arugula, basil, and a simple white wine + lemon vinaigrette dressing. It can be enjoyed warm or cold, and served as either an entree style salad or as a side dish.
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8) Broccoli, Cauliflower & Salmon Salad With Curry Tahini Dressing

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This roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and salmon salad is made with arugula, quinoa, dried cherries, and a creamy curry tahini dressing. It's an easy, healthy, and balanced meal that packs in a ton of nutrition, like fiber and protein. Recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.
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9) Winter Pasta Salad With Roasted Vegetables

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This Winter Pasta Salad is made with oven-roasted butternut squash, broccoli, and mushrooms, as well as arugula, shrimp, and a thyme-mustard vinaigrette. This recipe is easy, healthy, and can be made dairy-free, gluten-free, and/or vegan if needed.
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10) Grilled Kale Salad With Avocado, Lemon & Parmesan

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This healthy grilled kale salad is paired with avocado, lemon, garlic, pecans, and parmesan. It's one of the best ways to eat kale!
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11) Cold Chopped Quinoa Salad With Eggs

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This Cold Chopped Quinoa Salad is perfect for lunch or dinner meal prep! It's made with pomegranates, chopped carrots, cucumbers, parsley, and protein-rich eggs to help make this salad a complete, healthy meal. It's gluten-free, vegetarian, and ready in under 30 minutes.
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12) Massaged Kale Salad With Roasted Sweet Potatoes

This fall salad combines massaged lacinato kale, roasted sweet potatoes, pomegranates, and toasted pecans for a delicious and filling meal or side.
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13) Balsamic Roasted Beet Salad

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This roasted beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts is simple, healthy, and lightly tossed in a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. It's the perfect salad or vegetable side dish!
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14) Warm Prune Salad With Sweet Potatoes & Quinoa

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This warm prune salad is made with seasonal sweet potatoes, quinoa, arugula, goat cheese, walnuts & prunes. It's vegetarian, gluten-free, and rich in many key nutrients that support bone health!
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15) Massaged Kale Salad With Maple Tahini Dressing

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This easy vegan massaged kale salad is made with a maple tahini dressing, roasted delicata squash, apples, toasted pecans, and dried cranberries. Delicious!
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16) Roasted Pumpkin Salad

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This roasted pumpkin salad is made with quinoa, feta, arugula (rocket), walnuts, and a simple balsamic dressing. It's a hearty side salad that can be enjoyed warm or cold. Recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, and can be made vegan.
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And there you have it – 15+ Easy, Healthy Fall & Winter Salad Recipes to cook and enjoy. I so hope you found some inspiration from this list!

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This kale butternut squash salad is made with delicious ingredients like farro, goat cheese, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. Plus, 15 more fall and winter salad recipe ideas!
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F and bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Remove kale leaves from stems before washing and drying. Place kale in a large salad/mixing bowl and drizzle 2 Tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper overtop.
  • Using your hands, squeeze and massage the oil-lemon mixture into the kale, similar to how you would knead dough (about 1 minute). Cover the bowl and let sit while you cook the rest of the ingredients.
  • Cook farro in the pot of boiling water using the "pasta method" or according to package directions. Drain when done.
  • Place butternut squash cubes on a baking sheet and toss in remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil, cinnamon, and salt. Transfer to the oven for 30 minutes, tossing halfway.
  • Once both farro and squash are cooked, add them to the massaged kale along with goat cheese, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. Toss well, adding more salt + pepper if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

*This recipe makes about 2 servings if eating as a full meal, or 4 servings if enjoying as a side salad.
*This massaged kale salad can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container for about 3 days in the fridge. Kale holds up well and doesn’t go soggy like other leafy greens.
*Farro is NOT a gluten-free grain. If you need to follow a GF diet, simply swap the farro with another whole grain like quinoa or brown rice.
*For a dairy-free/vegan version, simply omit the goat cheese or replace with a vegan alternative.

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