5 Exciting Fall Salads That You’ll Actually Crave (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

Salads are great.

If you do them right, salads should strike that magical balance between nutritious and tasty, because nobody likes one that’s just pure leaves.

It can be tough if you’re coming out of your summer salad groove and feel a little tired of your usual, now that the leaves are changing and the crisp fall air has rolled in. But verily I say unto thee: Don’t even worry about the dreaded salad slump.

There are a ton of gloriously filling, positively sinful tasting salads out there that are jam-packed with the seasonal ingredients that you’re probably craving this time of year. And most importantly, they are full of contrasting flavors and textures that make them positively exciting.

1. Kale, Apple, Pecorino Salad With Crispy Prosciutto And Balsamic Drizzle

Meat and cheese can make any salad feel hearty. With salty cheese, crispy cured prosciutto, bright citrus and a dash of fall fruit, you’ll love this exciting kale salad. P.S. You can save a little time by microwaving the prosciutto instead of baking it for a similar effect.

2. Autumn Pearl Couscous Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

Salad absolutely does not need to be green-centric. This grain and roasted veggie mix is a great option for when you are burnt out on eating leaves but want a veggie-heavy entree or side.

3. Easy Almond Apple Quinoa Salad

Another healthy grain-centric dish that’s full of fun, contrasting textures. This protein-packed mix works well for anyone who thinks they can’t stomach another dang salad. Prove them wrong!

4. Gorgonzola Pear Chicken Salad

I’d eat just about anything if it had fried chicken on top of it. So when you pound the meat thin, bread it and gently pan-fry it in a couple of tablespoons of oil, you’re automatically going to have my attention. Toss it with a light dressing, zingy arugula, bold blue cheese and fresh pears, and you can convert salad haters to the leafy side.

5. Fall Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

There’s something about shredded brussels sprouts that makes them absolutely delectable. They make for a perfect slaw-type base that holds up to dressing way better than lettuce, especially if they’re going to be sitting out for a few minutes before being served. With fried shallots (french-fried onions are OK if you’re in a rush), salty gorgonzola cheese, rich pecans and sweet dried cranberries, this salad sure is hard to get tired of.

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12 Satisfying Weeknight Salads

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By Cooking Panda

These filling, flavor-packed salads are so good, you’ll feel like you’re eating way more than just a bowl of greens. Pro-tip: if lettuce gets too soggy for your tastes, try mixing it up with some baby kale instead.

1. Big Steak Salad

Candied pecans, crispy onion strings and a slightly tart, slightly sweet dressing really bring this steak salad to a whole new level.

2. Potato Salad

What’s that? Potato salad is supposed to be a side dish? Try telling that to this hearty recipe. (But seriously, you can eat it as a side if you want.)

3. Spinach & Strawberry Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing

Add leftover chicken, steak or your favorite protein to get a meal out of this light and refreshing dish.

4. Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

You can’t go wrong with a classic. Of course, you can add packaged croutons and already cooked chicken if you want to save time, but freshly grilled chicken and homemade croutons are fabulous if you have a little extra time.

5. World’s Best Chicken Salad

It’s a little bit like a Cobb salad, but the fresh corn off the cob, cucumber, crumbled feta and honey lime vinegar dressing add a delicious twist for something a little different.

6. Tostada Salad

Put it on top of a crispy tortilla shell or one of those ready-made tostada bowl shells if you want a little extra crunch, and throw in any leftover protein you have. Sour cream, roasted peppers and squash are also great additions.

7. Grilled Chicken and Toasted Couscous Salad with Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing

Because salad doesn’t have to be just lettuce. This dish would also be great with a little seared salmon instead of chicken.

8. Skillet Steak and Wilted Kale

Sprinkle a little blue cheese over this restaurant-style steak salad to bring it to a whole new level of flavors.

9. Shrimp and Pesto Rice Salad

Shrimp, pesto and rice combine for a super easy, filling and flavorful non-lettuce change of pace.

10. Spicy Pork and Orange Chopped Salad

Have some leftover pork? Throw it into this fresh salad with coleslaw and chopped oranges.

11. Turkey Artichoke Pecan Salad

You wouldn’t think it, but artichokes and pecans are a winning combination.

12. Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad


You absolutely can and should make pasta salad your main dish. Add or subtract ingredients based on whatever delicious fresh fruits and vegetables you have.

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