Autumn is abundant with hearty and savory foods, but that doesn’t mean salad season has to be over.
The best thing about autumn salads? You can get a bowlful of plentiful veggies in hearty mixes that often work better as the main dish, rather than a skimpy side!
These 23 Paleo recipes for fall salads are filled with seasonal flavors like pumpkin, apples, pecans, and warm herbs and spices like ginger and nutmeg. Then, you’ll drizzle everything in warm dressings with autumn ingredients like sweet maple syrup and tangy apple cider vinegar!
These naturally one-pot salads come together quickly and easily, so you can enjoy them for quick weeknight dinners or prep them for lunches the night before work or school.
Warning: You’re going to want to try every single one of these bountiful salads!
This simple, savory salad pairs classics like chicken, bacon, and apples and drizzles it in a sweet and salty maple dressing.
Hearty greens like kale and bok choy shine in this fall salad that combines the sweetness of roasted squash with salty bacon.
If you’re not craving a lot of leafy greens these days, listen up: This warm and spicy salad made with roasted cauliflower, sweet carrots, and pumpkin seeds is about to become your new favorite.
Warm toasted almonds and a homemade sun-dried tomato dressing transform the simple flavors of spinach, parsnips, and squash into a dish bursting with autumnal zest.
Want to sneak in your veggies? Squash, bacon, cranberries, and pecans are drizzled in a sweet apple vinaigrette for a salad that’ll make you forget you’re eating healthy.
Watch out—this beautifully vibrant salad just might take center stage at your Thanksgiving table this year. Bright kale mixes with caramelized squash and is studded with sweet pomegranate seeds for a striking color contrast.
Sweet Bosc pears simmer in an aromatic vanilla cranberry broth, then are sliced and served with figs, cranberries, and smoked meat for the ultimate sweet-savory seasonal salad.
If you wait all year to be able to eat pumpkin-everything, this salad will be your new BFF. This salad of squash and mixed greens is drizzled with the perfect creamy pumpkin dressing, then topped with toasted pumpkin seeds.
Bacon, almonds, and onions play a supporting role in this hearty kale mix. Top it with a tangy red wine vinegar dressing for a dinner-worthy salad!
Red cabbage, pomegranates, and Brussels sprouts set the stage for this gorgeous pecan-topped fall salad. Just be sure to leave out the optional Parmesan for a truly Paleo-friendly dish!
Apples, pecans, and cranberries come together in a salad blend full of fall abundance. The honey-mustard dressing alone is worth its weight in, well, creamy gold perfection.
The earthy flavor of beets are tamed by sweet and savory pumpkin, then brought to the next level with juicy garlic chicken thighs. It’s the genius fall combination you’ll wish you thought of first!
You’ll be coming back for seconds when you taste this warming spinach salad drizzled with an addictively toasty pecan vinaigrette.
No boring salad to be found here. Sweet squash and peppery arugula add a gourmet flair to this seasonal dish, while a maple balsamic dressing keeps things tangy and exciting.
The sweetness of oranges plays nicely with the slight bitterness of radicchio. It’s a delightful blend of colors and textures with true simplicity at its core.
This harvest salad is packed with a smorgasbord of seasonal delights, like pumpkin, endive, apple, pear, pecans, and cranberries. Plus, it’s fully customizable for dietary preferences like keto and Whole30®—or for whatever ingredients you have on hand.
Hearty, bitter greens like escarole, radicchio, and chives are dressed up with a vinegar-mustard dressing and toasted pecans. Swap in whatever greens you have on hand as needed!
You can have this gorgeous side salad on your table in under 30 minutes. It’s fancy enough for the holidays, but satisfying enough for any day of the week.
Prep this hearty chicken salad ahead of time, then bring it to work and drizzle on the sweet and zingy orange cranberry dressing just before digging in. Your coworkers will be green with envy!
Your favorite seasonal mushrooms, fennel, and broccolini are jazzed up in a zesty lemon dressing for Paleo salad that also happens to be vegan- and Whole30-friendly.
Go vegetarian with this low-carb yet satisfyingly chunky fall salad.
Take this abundant autumn salad to the next level when you season the squash with a dash of—what else?—pumpkin spice. Just be sure to swap the brown sugar for coconut sugar to keep it fully Paleo!
Serve this crunchy chicken salad over a bed of leafy greens for a veggie-packed, protein-fueled lunch.