19 autumn salad recipes
Use seasonal produce to make delicious, hearty salads that everyone will enjoy. Try our healthy chicken caesar, roasted cauliflower and kale salads.
Let seasonal ingredients – such as kale, cauliflower, root veg and apples – shine in these autumnal salad recipes. Each dish is a great source of nutrients, and there are some big flavours we know you'll love.
So, whether you're looking for vegan caesar salad, roast vegetable salad, a miso cauliflower dish or delicious ways with grains, we have plenty of recipes that will hit the spot. Find your favourite light, but satisfying, meals below then browse our 19 vegetarian salad recipes and 21 healthy salad recipes. For more autumnal inspiration, check out our best autumn kitchen activities.
Autumn salad recipes
Finely grated grana padano provides a salty contrast to sweet figs in this simple yet flavour-packed autumnal salad.
This vibrant salad of beetroot, freekeh and spring onion is packed with colour and texture – it makes for an impressive vegan starter or side dish and is really simple to put together.
Throw everything into a food processor and pulse to make this wonderful no-chop chimichurri. Pre-cooked puy lentils and chunks of hearty celeriac will soak up the piquant, herby dressing and the crumbled feta will add a salty hit.
Looking for a way to use red cabbage while it's in season? Toss with nutty soba noodles, shredded chicken, crunchy sesame seeds and fresh aromatic herbs with a zingy ginger dressing for a high-protein, veg-filled lunch.
Make your gluten-free lunch much more exciting with this easy salad made with thinly sliced cauliflower florets, cubed apples, raisins, toasted walnuts and a quick mustard dressing.
We've given the classic caesar salad a vegan makeover by swapping bacon for crunchy, paprika-smoked aubergine slivers and lettuce for kale. It's a great way to use this nutrient-rich green while it's in season.
If you love crunchy salads, then this recipe is for you. We've packed plenty of bite into this balanced dish by sprinkling with a homemade nut and seed mix. It's filling too, thanks to the spelt, with a touch of sweetness from the apple.
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When it's getting cold outside, you might crave a warm salad. That's where this easy dish, made in a slow cooker, comes in. Once you’ve seen how easy it is to get squishy, soft aubergines without slaving over a griddle, you’ll make this again and again.
Check out our vibrant roasted cauliflower salad with giant couscous, crispy fried onions and a punchy zhoug dressing. This easy salad is vegan and low in calories, too.
Can't get enough of kale when it's in season? Turn it into a nutty pesto dressing and toss through vibrant roasted veggies with grains for an easy gluten-free lunch, or side dish.
The only real cooking required here is boiling the spelt and softening the spring onion. Otherwise, it's simply flaking the fish and whisking a dressing together to make a truly delicious, smoky beetroot salad.
Earthy beetroot and sweet orange pair up beautifully in this simple gluten-free salad that pops with a salty olive vinaigrette and chunks of creamy feta. It's a good low-calorie lunch option for autumn months.
Turn a few ingredients into a delicious meal with this simple salad recipe. It's perfect for lunch or a lighter evening meal. The salty halloumi works wonders with the softened kale and nutty tahini.
Fibre-rich cauliflower is roasted in a miso dressing – also filled with probiotics – and turned into a rustic salad with pickled onions and lentils. It's delicious and great for your gut too.
This zesty carrot and spelt salad is fresh, vibrant and super easy to make. The dukkah gives it a delightfully nutty flavour, and the carrots take on an earthy sweetness when roasted.
For a nutritious boost, try using kale to make a healthier take on classic chicken caesar salad. This recipe is really easy, ready in just 30 minutes and under 350 calories - perfect for a midweek meal.
What a way to make cauliflower shine! Roast your florets with ras el hanout, dried cranberries, dates, nuts and pomegranate seeds, then drizzle with a tahini and mint dressing.
Throw together our easy carrot salad recipe, with contrasting textures and flavours, in just 15 minutes. Perfect for last-minute veggie dinner guests or a speedy lunch – you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already.
It's pumpkin season and this light salad is a lovely way to enjoy it. Roast with spices, red onion and chickpeas until golden, then serve with kale and a coriander dressing.