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12 Creative Autumn Salad Recipes (PHOTOS)

Food & Party Liz Alterman Nov 10, 2014

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Salad, prepared as a starter, side, or main course, can serve as a healthy and hearty option all year long. While it's often thought of as a summertime staple, mix in the rich bounty of autumn's harvest (think: sweet potatoes, squash, apples, and more!) and you've got yourself a satisfying and savory dish that doesn't take long to make!

Tossing a salad is a great chance to get those creative juices flowing. So slice and dice away as you throw together a nutritious meal that's so much more than just your garden variety salad.

Check out our slideshow and then tell us: Which autumn favorites do you enjoy tossing into your salad?

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2Butternut Squash & Arugula

The sweetness of roasted butternut squash is offset by peppery arugula in this tasty salad that also features pancetta and hazelnuts.

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3Greens & Kumquats

What exactly are kumquats, you ask? Good question! Think of them as the tiny cousin of the orange. So add this citrus-y treat to a hearty green salad and enjoy!

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4Autumn Spinach Salad

Spinach salads are so versatile! Consider adding in some pears, cranberries, and toasted hazelnuts to these greens for some fun autumn flavor!

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5Fall Kale Salad

Kale is not only good for you, it pairs well with a host of fruits and veggies, which add a nice soft contrast to its firm texture. Toss in some squash or apples and you'll have either a fancy first course or a tasty meal. 

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8Carrot Salad With a Twist

Sampling carrot salad recipes is a great way to get some beta carotene and a crunchy meal at the same time. Toss in chickpeas or Dijon mustard and parsley for a unique take on this colorful dish.

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9Panzanella Salad

Panzanella salad (aka bread salad) is a perfect way to use up your harvest of ripe tomatoes. Cube some fresh mozzarella, chop some basil, toss it together with some roasted bread, and enjoy!

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10Seasonal Broccoli Salad

Even non-broccoli eaters won't be able to get enough of this delicious broccoli salad. Sunflower seeds, bacon, and cranberries make this a colorful side salad guests devour. 

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11Chicken, Apple, Walnut Salad

Top this chicken, apple, walnut salad with some bacon and you'll have a beautiful dish and a hearty meal at the same time. Crumbled blue cheese takes it to another level!

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