17 Warm Salads to Round Out Your Fall Meals
Do you feel better after eating a salad, too? Just upping your veggie intake can add a little pep to your step. Maybe you're reaping the health benefits. Maybe it's because you're proud of yourself. Whatever the reason, embrace it. We want you to feel your best, so we've made this list of hearty, healthy warm salads you can serve all autumn. With ingredients like whole grains, butternut squash, potatoes, beans, and bits of bacon, these salad recipes actually hold their own against fall's hot, carby comfort food.
Healthy Warm Farro Salad
Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Hazelnuts and Cranberries
Between bacon, Pecorino-Romano cheese, dried cranberries, and maple syrup, this roasted Brussels sprout salad boasts a sweet-and-salty flavor.
Roasted Yam and Kale Salad
Here's another clean eating warm 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," says recipe creator Matt D.
Warm Swiss Chard and Mushroom Salad
Upgrade sauteed Swiss chard with grape tomatoes, crimini mushrooms, and blue cheese. "Yummy! By far my favorite chard recipe," Catherine Downing says.
Warm Green Bean and Potato Salad with Goat Cheese
If you're missing fresh summer green beans right about now, you'll appreciate that this filling salad calls for frozen beans.
Warm Bok Choy, Beet and Feta Salad
"This lovely bright pink salad has a rich feta flavor with a fresh, clean finish. The bok choy provides a nice crunch while the beets keep the tones earthy," writes recipe creator snarkitty.
Arugula Salad with Cannellini Beans
"This humble warm salad brought back such memories, all of them wonderful and pleasant of dinners at my Italian grandmother's table," says naples34102. "This to me was the ultimate comfort food. All the ingredients blend together deliciously."
Warm Brussels Sprout, Bacon and Spinach Salad
Steam Brussels sprouts before cooking them in a little bacon fat. Stir in vegetable oil, white wine vinegar, and a little sugar before tossing it all with spinach.
Roasted Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad
Here's a healthy warm salad bowl featuring super foods. "Having recently adopted a vegetarian diet, this recipe has perfect ingredients and it is a keeper," says Closet Chef. "It is delicious and easy to prepare."
Arugula Salad with Bacon and Butternut Squash
"This salad is fabulous! I loved all the flavors together," writes Happyschmoopies. "I used cranberry and orange goat cheese and it gave a great sweetness to the salad. I think this would be great with dried cranberries added also. I served it with a light dijon vinaigrette sweetened with a touch of honey."
Roasted Lettuce, Radicchio, and Endive
Flavored with Greek olives, capers, olive oil, oregano, and thyme, this Sicilian-inspired warm salad will be there for you when you need a break from butternut squash and yams.
Warm Mushroom Salad with Pancetta
Here's another recipe that trades traditional fall flavors for Mediterranean ingredients like kalamata olives, capers, and feta.
My Favorite Beet Salad
"Nice balance of sweetness from the beets, tanginess from the dressing, and saltiness from the feta," says France C.
Warm Steak and Potato Salad
When you want to spend as little time in the kitchen as you can, this 30-minute salad makes a balanced lunch or dinner.
Warm Thai Kale Salad
Garlic, ginger, lime, fish sauce, cilantro, and mint pack a punch of flavor to this warm kale salad. Top it with roasted peanuts for extra crunch.
Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Broccoli
"The dressing is delicate and light. The textures and flavors make this a wonderful addition to your meal," reviewer Buckwheat Queen says.
Maple Cannellini Bean Salad with Baby Broccoli and Butternut Squash
"It takes patience to cook the vegetables properly, but it makes a wonderful side to any fall feast! Enjoy the process of creating something your family will enjoy," Jennifer Baker says.