12 Easy Fall Salad Recipes to Make Tonight

Fall for these satisfying autumnal salads.


Greg DuPree

Every season is salad season! And fall is no exception. Fall salads make the most of the late summer and pre-winter bounty, often vegetables in rich jewel tones, like purple radicchio, deep green kale, and ruby-hued beets. That means your composed veggies dishes are about to be so gorgeous, full of nutrients, and satisfying on a chilly night. Here are the essential salads to make this fall, and they’re all easy to execute (and even easier to enjoy).

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Steak and Beet Salad With Radicchio

Steak and beet salad displayed on a plate.
Greg DuPree

This composed salad is meal-worthy, and so simple to put together for an elegant dinner. The radicchio is torn to cut down on chopping time, and the yogurt dressing is so creamy, you’ll want to double the batch for more weeknight meals.

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Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels Sprouts Salad
Heami Lee

Brussels sprouts are an excellent autumnal salad base, and you don’t even need to cook them! Thinly sliced sprouts work like a crunchy lettuce and absorb vinaigrette so well—the leftovers are like a slaw! Top this salad with protein for a complete dinner.

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Mustardy Kale Salad With Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple

Mustardy Kale Salad With Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple
Christina Holmes

A salad that can also function as a side dish or even a main course, this kale salad is tingly and crunchy, with sweetness from the apples to round it all out. Once you know this recipe, it’s bound to become a fall staple.

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Baby Kale and Chicken Caesar

Baby Kale and Chicken Caesar Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Baby kale can be found year-round in plastic clamshells at most grocery stores, and is a great ingredient for simple salads, no chopping required! Mix up the Caesar salad as a starter to a big baked pasta meal, or as the main course.

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Farro Salad With Tuna

Farro Salad With Tuna Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Farro is an incredible fall ingredient, thanks to its heartiness and ability to stand up to big flavors. Enjoy it in this salad with radicchio, pear, and arugula, plus tuna for protein. The salad can also be 100 percent plant-based, if preferred.

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Beet Radicchio Salad

beet radicchio salad

Christopher Testani

This colorful salad brings some brightness to drab fall days, and doesn’t take any special skills to plate it as if it’s being served in a restaurant. Pre-cooked beets make this salad super easy to assemble, and citrus adds a nice brightness and sweet flavor.

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Superfood Lentil Salad

Superfood lentil salad served on a plate
Victor Protasio

Lentil salad is a workhorse that can be made once and repurposed for various meals, as lunch, dinner, or a side to serve alongside salmon or another entree. Opt for pre-cooked lentils if you want to speed up the process.

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Warm Roast Chicken Salad

Warm Roast Chicken Salad
Greg DuPree

A wonderfully satisfying chicken dinner that’s also a salad? We’re here for it. This salad recipe takes a juicy roast chicken and puts it atop a crisp fall salad for the best of both worlds.

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Celery and Apple Salad With Crispy Buckwheat

Celery and Apple Salad With Toasted Buckwheat
Alison Miksch

This refreshing green salad offers a satisfying crunch, and pairs nicely with hearty braised meats or a lighter meal. Opt for whole celery (not just the hearts) from the store or farmer’s market, for the best flavor and decorative leaves.

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Bulgur Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato and Bulgur Salad
Charles Masters

This salad practically makes itself! While the sweet potatoes are roasting, you’ll just whip up a vinaigrette and a pot of bulgur, and then assemble with fresh watercress, plus feta and crisp pistachios, for all the elements that go together so seamlessly.

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Miso Caesar Salad

Top View of Miso Caesar Salad in a Bowl with Metal Fork in Food
Caitlin Bensel

Add savory umami to your Caesar salad with some miso in the dressing. It’s so good, you’ll be making this recipe through the winter. It’s also quick, so you can make it a full meal with a topping of chicken nuggets, fish sticks, or tofu.

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Make-Ahead Holiday Salad

Make-Ahead Holiday Salad
Greg DuPree

This tender kale salad isn’t just for holidays, but a great weekday hack to have a marinated, healthy salad ready to grab-and-go for days. Make an even bigger batch of vinaigrette to whip up a second salad once the first one is all gone.

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