10 Hearty Fall and Winter Salads That Could Double as Main Dishes
When the weather turns toward autumn and winter, the crisp, light salads of summer tend to go by the wayside in favor of more substantial fall and winter salads that incorporate seasonal produce like butternut squash, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and more. You can serve these heartier salads as side dishes, or add the protein of your choice to turn them into satisfying, vegetable-packed main dishes. Scroll through to find 10 of our favorite hearty fall and winter salads.
Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad
"A sweet and tangy fall salad with a bit of crunch and nuttiness tossed in from the pecans. I love pecans, so I often double the amount." —BORY
Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Hazelnuts and Cranberries
"Brussels sprouts, hazelnuts, and cranberries combine to make a salad that even kids will want to eat. The colors and flavors make a great fall or holiday side dish." —Amy McEver
Roquefort Pear Salad
"This is the best salad I've ever eaten and I make it all the time. It's tangy from the blue cheese, fruity from the pears, and crunchy from the caramelized pecans. The mustard vinaigrette pulls it all together." — Michelle Krzmarzick
Glazed Walnut, Orange, Avocado, and Blue Cheese Salad
"A wonderfully easy salad. I made this for Christmas dinner and it was gone."—Elaine
Roasted Yam and Kale Salad
"A bright contrast in flavors makes this salad a favorite among friends and family. The yams have a subtle sweetness that pairs nicely with the caramelized onions and kale." —Anonymous
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad
A unique take on the average caesar salad, using shaved brussels for added flavor and texture. The dressing fully coats the greens for a delicious bite everytime.
Fuyu Persimmon and Burrata Caprese Salad
Late summer meets early fall in this convergence of seasonal ingredients. "The delicate, sweet persimmon flesh pairs well with creamy burrata in this super simple caprese salad. Drizzled with a balsamic glaze and embellished with fresh basil leaves make a beautiful presentation." —Kim's Cooking Now
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Feta
Be sure to roast the sweet potatoes enough for a good char, as this enhances flavor and adds an extra level of texture.
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Bacon and Onions
"Roasted butternut squash is sautéed with onions, then tossed with crumbled bacon, toasted pecans, raisins, and chopped romaine lettuce, then drizzled with maple syrup dressing to make a tasty, warm salad." —Marcia
Arugula Persimmon Pear Salad
A seasonal winter salad that has vibrant colors and delicious flavors. Serve this up as an appetizer or main meal. Toast the walnuts ahead of time for optimal flavor.