Wednesday, October 9, 2019

23 Fall Salad Recipes

A special thanks to Aimee McNew at Paleohacks.com for today’s Whole30® recipe roundup.

Autumn is abundant with hearty and savory foods, but that doesn’t mean salad season has to be over.

The best thing about autumn salads? You can get a bowlful of plentiful veggies in hearty mixes that often work better as the main dish, rather than a skimpy side!

These 23 Paleo recipes for fall salads are filled with seasonal flavors like pumpkin, apples, pecans, and warm herbs and spices like ginger and nutmeg. Then, you’ll drizzle everything in warm dressings with autumn ingredients like sweet maple syrup and tangy apple cider vinegar!

These naturally one-pot salads come together quickly and easily, so you can enjoy them for quick weeknight dinners or prep them for lunches the night before work or school.

Warning: You’re going to want to try every single one of these bountiful salads!

1. Autumn Spinach Salad

This simple, savory salad pairs classics like chicken, bacon, and apples and drizzles it in a sweet and salty maple dressing.

Autumn Spinach Salad | PaleoPlan

2. Paleo Fall Salad with Butternut Squash, Bacon, and Kale

Hearty greens like kale and bok choy shine in this fall salad that combines the sweetness of roasted squash with salty bacon.

Paleo Fall Salad with Butternut Squash, Bacon, and Kale | Bulletproof

3. Spicy Roasted Cauliflower, Kale, and Carrot Salad

If you’re not craving a lot of leafy greens these days, listen up: This warm and spicy salad made with roasted cauliflower, sweet carrots, and pumpkin seeds is about to become your new favorite.

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower, Kale, and Carrot Salad | PaleoHacks

4. Fall Vegetable Salad

Warm toasted almonds and a homemade sun-dried tomato dressing transform the simple flavors of spinach, parsnips, and squash into a dish bursting with autumnal zest.

Fall Vegetable Salad | Paleo Leap

5. Fall Harvest Chopped Salad with Apple Maple Vinaigrette

Want to sneak in your veggies? Squash, bacon, cranberries, and pecans are drizzled in a sweet apple vinaigrette for a salad that’ll make you forget you’re eating healthy.

Fall Harvest Chopped Salad with Apple Maple Vinaigrette | PaleOMG

6. Kale Salad with Caramelized Butternut Squash and Honey-Balsamic Dressing

Watch out—this beautifully vibrant salad just might take center stage at your Thanksgiving table this year. Bright kale mixes with caramelized squash and is studded with sweet pomegranate seeds for a striking color contrast.

Kale Salad with Caramelized Butternut Squash and Honey-Balsamic Dressing | PaleoHacks

7. Poached Pear and Prosciutto Salad

Sweet Bosc pears simmer in an aromatic vanilla cranberry broth, then are sliced and served with figs, cranberries, and smoked meat for the ultimate sweet-savory seasonal salad.

Poached Pear and Prosciutto Salad | Plaid and Paleo

8. Fall Harvest Salad with Creamy Pumpkin Dressing

If you wait all year to be able to eat pumpkin-everything, this salad will be your new BFF. This salad of squash and mixed greens is drizzled with the perfect creamy pumpkin dressing, then topped with toasted pumpkin seeds.

Fall Harvest Salad with Creamy Pumpkin Dressing | Fed and Fulfilled

9. Butternut Squash Kale Salad with Juicy Pomegranate Seeds

Bacon, almonds, and onions play a supporting role in this hearty kale mix. Top it with a tangy red wine vinegar dressing for a dinner-worthy salad!

Butternut Squash Kale Salad with Juicy Pomegranate Seeds | PaleoHacks

10. The Ultimate Fall Salad

Red cabbage, pomegranates, and Brussels sprouts set the stage for this gorgeous pecan-topped fall salad. Just be sure to leave out the optional Parmesan for a truly Paleo-friendly dish!

The Ultimate Fall Salad | Making Thyme for Health

11. Fall Chopped Salad

Apples, pecans, and cranberries come together in a salad blend full of fall abundance. The honey-mustard dressing alone is worth its weight in, well, creamy gold perfection.

Fall Chopped Salad | One Lovely Life

12. Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad with Oregano Garlic Chicken

The earthy flavor of beets are tamed by sweet and savory pumpkin, then brought to the next level with juicy garlic chicken thighs. It’s the genius fall combination you’ll wish you thought of first!

Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad with Oregano Garlic Chicken | Irena Macri

13. Caramelized Roasted Fig Spinach Salad

You’ll be coming back for seconds when you taste this warming spinach salad drizzled with an addictively toasty pecan vinaigrette.

Caramelized Roasted Fig Spinach Salad | Get Inspired Everyday

 

14. Roasted Delicata Squash, Pear, and Pomegranate Salad

No boring salad to be found here. Sweet squash and peppery arugula add a gourmet flair to this seasonal dish, while a maple balsamic dressing keeps things tangy and exciting.

Roasted Delicata Squash, Pear, and Pomegranate Salad | Downshiftology

15. Radicchio Salad with Caramelized Carrots and Onions

The sweetness of oranges plays nicely with the slight bitterness of radicchio. It’s a delightful blend of colors and textures with true simplicity at its core.

Radicchio Salad with Caramelized Carrots and Onions | Epicurious

16. Harvest Fall Salad

This harvest salad is packed with a smorgasbord of seasonal delights, like pumpkin, endive, apple, pear, pecans, and cranberries. Plus, it’s fully customizable for dietary preferences like keto and Whole30®—or for whatever ingredients you have on hand.

Harvest Fall Salad | Life Made Sweeter

17. Chicory Salad with Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette

Hearty, bitter greens like escarole, radicchio, and chives are dressed up with a vinegar-mustard dressing and toasted pecans. Swap in whatever greens you have on hand as needed!

Chicory Salad with Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette | Epicurious

18. Fall Bliss Salad with Cinnamon-Cider Vinaigrette

You can have this gorgeous side salad on your table in under 30 minutes. It’s fancy enough for the holidays, but satisfying enough for any day of the week.

Fall Bliss Salad with Cinnamon-Cider Vinaigrette | Paleo Scaleo

19. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Prep this hearty chicken salad ahead of time, then bring it to work and drizzle on the sweet and zingy orange cranberry dressing just before digging in. Your coworkers will be green with envy!

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette | Real Simple Good

20. Marinated Mushroom and Charred Broccolini Salad

Your favorite seasonal mushrooms, fennel, and broccolini are jazzed up in a zesty lemon dressing for Paleo salad that also happens to be vegan- and Whole30-friendly.

Marinated Mushroom and Charred Broccolini Salad | Country Living

21. Sweet Potato, Apple, and Avocado Salad

Go vegetarian with this low-carb yet satisfyingly chunky fall salad.

Sweet Potato, Apple, and Avocado Salad | Savory Simple

22. Autumn Arugula Salad with Caramelized Squash and Pomegranate Ginger Vinaigrette

Take this abundant autumn salad to the next level when you season the squash with a dash of—what else?—pumpkin spice. Just be sure to swap the brown sugar for coconut sugar to keep it fully Paleo!

Autumn Arugula Salad with Caramelized Squash and Pomegranate Ginger Vinaigrette | How Sweet Eats

23. Green Apple and Cranberry Chicken Salad

Serve this crunchy chicken salad over a bed of leafy greens for a veggie-packed, protein-fueled lunch.

Green Apple and Cranberry Chicken Salad | Tastes Lovely

Thanks again to Aimee McNew from Paleohacks.com. Interested in seeing a certain recipe or roundup of a certain category—Primal, Primal-keto or other? Let us know below!

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Body Image Like A Cavewoman

I was talking with a friend recently about body image. She had said she was “5 pounds heavier than normal” and didn’t know whether she should put the effort in to tone up again or just settle in where she was for a new phase of life.

I said to her: “Imagine you are a cavewoman. Would a caveman think you looked hot?”*

“Hell yes!” she said with a laugh.

Well that’s all that matters!

*or another cavewoman depending on their sexual preference!

Your Body From Their Perspective

Most people see your body as a normal, healthy body.

Would your doctor call you healthy? Fact: Doctors do not care about “the last 5 pounds.” They want to see someone who has a low risk of disease, good cardiovascular health, and a happy mental state. (I’m generalizing, but work with me.)

Would a survey of 100 people check “healthy” for you if they saw you in a party dress or your workout clothes? “Healthy” does not mean low body fat. The definition of healthy in the dictionary is “enjoying good health.” Enjoying is the most important word there.

Would a five year old notice if you put on a few pounds?

And you know that caveman would probably prefer you with some curves!

Think about your body has a human body in the context of the millions of years of humans. It’s only in the last few decades that we’ve gotten so strict with standards of abs and tricep definition and looking completely toned in a bikini. We go to extreme measures to alter the way we look: fasting, omitting entire food groups, saying no to things we crave. All so we don’t have a roll in our bathing suits or a little jiggle when we walk. We need to embrace NORMAL and normal involves some rolls and jiggles. We as a society need to learn to appreciate bodies for what they can do rather than how they look.

Drawing by Kylie @ Immaeatthat who has some great content about disordered eating and body image

Do you notice your pet’s shape?

We don’t look at our pets and critique their physique. We see them as animals with capable bodies to run, jump, and play. We would want to help our pets if they were so skinny that they were malnourished or so heavy they were having trouble with their joints, but if they are healthy, then we are happy. The middle 50% range is wide for animals. Why is it so small for us?

Change Your Perspective, Change Your Body Image

In 2019, we scroll Instagram, see ads on TV, watch celebs, read magazines. Images (many of them doctored) are coming at us at fast speeds. Cavewomen didn’t have much to compare themselves to. They didn’t even have mirrors (unless you count seeing their reflection in a pond.) They had no choice but to think about their bodies based upon how they felt. Did they feel good? Did they feel free of disease? Comparison will always be the thief of joy – even comparing yourself to yourself 10 years ago. If I feel self doubt creeping it, I just think about my caveman of a husband or my children or my dog and how they see me as ME. And then I go eat a meal that would make a cavewoman feel great!

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