When it starts getting colder we don’t really want to have salads, we tend to gravitate towards comfort dishes. Something that will keep up full and feeling warm for longer. However, salads are the best foods for us, they have all the key nutrients and vitamins we need, without being too heavy and fatty. But we totally understand now wanting to even look at a bowl of mostly lettuce in the fall. So instead, we’ve compiled a list of filling, delicious, nutritious warm salads that you can make when it’s too cold for a regular lettuce based one. These are great options for lunch and even dinner and we’re pretty sure you’ll find a couple that will become your favorite autumn comfort dishes.
1. Freekeh Salad
If you have no idea what freekeh is, you should definitely try it. It’s a type of cracked wheat that when cooked has the most satisfying chewy texture. And when mixed with some toasted butternut squash, pomegranate seeds and some crumbled feta cheese it’s a dish made for autumn.
2. Autumn Salad With Almond Thyme Drizzle
Summer is over, which means pumpkin season is upon us. Take advantage of this and try to make this yummy autumn salad that incorporates the best of autumn produce. Baked pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, purple cabbage – they all go so well together, but this almond thyme salad dressing is what really puts this salad on a whole new level.
3. Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach
If you’re looking for a salad that is both colorful and flavorful – look no further, this is it. It can be served warm or cold, depending on what you feel like, which means it’s a great option for both lunch and dinner or if you want to make a big batch and have leftovers for the rest of the week.
4. Roasted Beet & Carrot Lentil Salad With feta, Yogurt & Dill
Listen, you already know what’s in it, it’s all in the name. What you don’t know yet is that this will probably become your go to meal for the next couple of months. It’s that good. We promise. It just hits all the cravings you could possibly have this time of year.
5. Citrus Chicken Quinoa Salad
If you need a bit more protein in your salad – this chicken quinoa salad might be just what you’re looking for. It’s bursting with protein, it’s zesty, it’s filling, it’s got everything you need and let’s be real, chicken and oranges are a great combo.
6. Roasted Pumpkin Salad With Wild Rice, Kale, Pecans & Allspice Dressing
It’s autumn on a plate, ok? This salad’s got roasted pumpkin, pecans, apples, cranberries, and the dressing is freaking delicious, what else could you want for? Oh and you know, it’s got some kale thrown in for health benefits and wild rice for more texture. It’s simply the best.
7. Kale Salad Bowl With Tahini
What is the difference between a regular salad and a bowl? Honestly, we don’t think there is one. Except maybe that the latter are served in bowl and you have to mix it yourself. Either way, this kale salad bowl is a great choice for when you want something satisfying and filling yet not too heavy to munch on. Sweet potatoes, chickpeas, kale, tahini and lemon dressing just work really well together and the flavor combo is to die for.
8. Roasted Carrot Salad with Hummus Vinaigrette
Roasted carrots are such a fall staple, but we’re pretty sure you haven’t tried them in a dish like this. The hummus vinaigrette just makes this dish so much better and elevates the flavors. You should definitely give it a go.
9. Kale Salad with Goat Cheese, Pine Nuts and Sweet Onion Balsamic Dressing
Everyone knows that kale is a superfood and it’s full of good things, but few people know how to cook it properly and make it taste really good. This recipe is a must try if you’re looking for ways to incorporate kale into your diet.
10. Quinoa with Caramelized Butternut Squash and Roasted Brussels Sprouts
If you like the combination of sweet and savory we’ve got just a recipe for you. That caramelized butternut squash makes this salad so much juicier and adds a sweet flavor to the mix, and the Brussel sprouts balance it out on the savory side. Add some grated parmesan and you’ve got yourself a meal fit for champions.
11. Maple Roasted Quince And Brussel Sprout Salad
If you ever feel like impressing your friends, family or guests with your cooking make this maple roasted quince and Brussel sprout salad. It’s actually quite easy to make but it looks and tasted like the fanciest dish ever. You can serve it as a salad or a side dish too.
12. Lentils with Fennel, Sweet Potatoes, and Halloumi
Roasted halloumi is the best thing ever and you should definitely try adding it to every single salad you ever make. And if you’ve never tried it, boy are you in for a great surprise. It works particularly great in this salad, so give it a go and you’ll be addicted.