By Melanie Fincher

A refreshing burst of the season's best fruits.

When you think of foods to enjoy on a crisp, fall day, your mind probably goes straight to hearty soups, stews, and casseroles. But fall brings a bounty of healthy, seasonal produce to be enjoyed well into the winter. Apples, pears, cranberries, figs, grapes, pomegranates, and pecans are just a few of the fruits to take advantage of this season. Eating seasonally means your food will be fresher and more nutritious than food that's out of season and requires transport over long distances. So show off your fall farmers market haul with these 14 fall fruit salads that celebrate autumn flavors.

1. Green Grape Salad

This creamy grape salad sprinkled with brown sugar and pecans is more than meets the eye. "I brought this salad to work and everyone LOVED it," says reviewer KRINKETT. "It really doesn't look as good as it tastes, but once everyone tried it they went back for more. And they all wanted the recipe!"

2. Easy Caramel Apple Salad

"This turned out great, and everyone at my potluck loved it," says reviewer Tammy Lynn. "I've made this salad before, and instead of peanuts, I use a cup of chopped up Snickers bars. The butterscotch pudding and pineapple really make this recipe better than other similar salads."

Photo by Tammy Lynn

3. Orange, Fig, and Gorgonzola Salad

"I've been eyeing my dad's fig tree waiting to get the perfect fig to make this salad...delicious," says reviewer Christina. "I didn't have any fresh oranges, so I used mandarin oranges, and they worked out fine. Topped this with raspberry vinaigrette...all of the flavors went wonderfully together."

Photo by Christina

4. Autumn Apple Salad II

Apple, dried cranberries, dried cherries, and almonds are tossed in vanilla yogurt for a festive fruit salad. "I made this for Christmas brunch," says reviewer pureprarie. "Huge hit with everyone, but I love it for snacks, so now I am making it again and again."

5. Cranberry Fluff

This holiday dessert or everyday treat is made up of marshmallows, cranberries, apples, grapes, and walnuts. Reviewer BEPOSITIVE says, "This is a Thanksgiving tradition! Everyone gobbles it up quickly. You can use less cranberries to cut back on the tartness."

Photo by lutzflcat

6. Citrus Apples with Citrus Dressing

Recipe creator rowlandjk7 describes this zesty fruit salad as, "A perfect salad for any picnic. I serve this salad alongside anything grilled. For a thicker dressing, use less juice. You can use oranges or lemons as well."

Photo by Baking Nana

7. Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Romaine lettuce, Swiss cheese, cashews, dried cranberries, apples, and pears are tossed in a lemon poppyseed dressing. Reviewer Jillian says, "Wow—what a fabulous, yet elegant salad to serve at a holiday get together or any time for that matter! It's got a wonderful combination of flavors, colors and textures."

8. Autumn Waldorf Salad

This take on the classic Waldorf salad uses yogurt in place of the usual mayonnaise. It's loaded with fall fruits and flavors including brown sugar, pear, apple, raisins, cranberries, walnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg. Reviewer Frizzy Lizzy says, "Everyone loved it. The crunch, the tang, the healthy pieces throughout. Can't think of how to make it better."

Photo by lutzflcat

9. Hot Fruit Salad

This warm fruit salad is cooked in the slow cooker for nights when it's just too cold for anything else. Eat it by itself or overtop cake or ice cream. Reviewer SWEETPEA_DARCY says, "It tastes exactly like a wonderful warm fruit pie without the crust."

Photo by Share'nMillerThyme

10. Zesty Apple Salad

Sweet and tangy, this salad is packed with apples, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, grapes, walnuts, and lemon yogurt. Reviewer kathyc describes it as a "really good, refreshing salad enjoyed by kids and adults alike. A favorite of my grandkids!"

Photo by lutzflcat

11. Healthier Cranberry Salad

A holiday relish loaded with fall flavors like fresh cranberries, oranges, apples, walnuts, and honey—it's just like grandma made.

Photo by Kristen Stelzer

12. Really, Truly Gorgeous Dried Fruit Salad

If your pantry is stocked with dried fruit from all the holiday cooking and baking, this salad is a great way to put it to use for a breakfast treat or dessert. "I serve this in sundae glasses, to show off the fruit, with plain yogurt and a sprinkling of Demerara sugar," says recipe creator PixiePixiePixie.

Photo by Paula

13. Dixie Pomegranate Salad

Recipe creator Alexis says, "This is a traditional Dixie salad that makes Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner great. Kids love this stuff!" Some reviewers suggest substituting sour cream or whipped topping for mayonnaise.

Photo by airlee4

14. Fabulous Fruit and Yogurt Salad

This fruit and yogurt salad is loaded with grapes, celery, apples, oranges, blackberries, and walnuts. Reviewer Paula says, "I love fruit and yogurt salads for dessert, breakfast, snack...I especially like the crunch from the celery and walnuts in this fruit salad. If you have the time, it would be nice to toast the walnuts."

Photo by Paula

15. Autumn Salad with Caramel-Sesame Dressing

This very simple fresh spinach an romaine salad makes use of delicious seasonal autumn fruits, including Bartlett pears, Fuji apples, and seedless red grapes. "The syrup basically balances out the tartness of the vinegar," says lutzflcat. "And I could detect no caramel flavor at all (and that's a good thing IMO). The apples provided some sweet crunch and the pears additional sweetness. With the sesame oil and rice vinegar in the dressing, I would describe this salad as having an Asian flair."

Photo by lutzflcat

Bonus:

Sheri's Fun Fruit Turkey

Let the kids assemble this cute fruit turkey while dinner is being prepared! Reviewer Mindy says, "We made this last thanksgiving and the kids had a great time with it and ate their fruit turkeys while waiting for dinner to be ready. I prepared all the pieces, made one for them to use as reference and let them have fun!"

Photo by Rusty's girl
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