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Hearty Fall Salads That Look Beyond Lettuce

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I’ve never been able to convince myself that a bowl of leaves could keep me sustained until my next meal. Don’t get me wrong—I’m no salad slanderer, but you won’t catch me throwing some lettuce in a bowl and calling it a day.

Maybe it’s time I change my mentality. Because what better moment than the early inkling of fall to prove to myself that a salad can be ample, that a salad can tide me over, and that there’s more to the meal than just lettuce and oil?

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So to get started, I dove into the Food52 recipes, hungry for salads that wouldn’t leave me looking for a 3 pm snack. The key, I learned, is to pump the salad with protein, garnish it with grains, and generously add ingredients unexpected ingredients like squash or persimmon. So, this fall, I vow to think beyond the leaf with the help of these recipes. I encourage you to join me and do the same.

Pack it with Protein

The Salad That Makes Kidney Beans Cool

The Salad That Makes Kidney Beans Cool by Kenzi Wilbur

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Moro's Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini

Moro's Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini by Genius Recipes

White Bean Salad with Tarragon

White Bean Salad with Tarragon by Marian Bull

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad with Chile Dressing

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad with Chile Dres... by Alexandra Stafford

Go For the Grain

Radish and Pecan Grain Salad

Radish and Pecan Grain Salad by Amanda Hesser

Kale & Bulgur Salad with Brown Butter Apple Vinaigrette

Kale & Bulgur Salad with Brown Butter Apple Vinaigrette by Sarah Jampel

Wheatberry Salad with Radishes, Asparagus, Walnuts, and Spring Onions

Wheatberry Salad with Radishes, Asparagus, Walnuts, and S... by Gena Hamshaw

Farro Salad with Roasted Mushrooms and Parmesan

Farro Salad with Roasted Mushrooms and Parmesan by Merrill Stubbs

Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro

Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro by Sarah Jampel

Shaved Asparagus and Kamut Grain Salad with Black Sesame Dressing

Shaved Asparagus and Kamut Grain Salad with Black Sesame ... by kat gans

Get Fruity

Arugula, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Arugula, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vina... by brigidc

A Fall Salad That Breaks (Most of) The Rules

A Fall Salad That Breaks (Most of) The Rules by Elizabeth Stark

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Roasted Grape and Butternut Squash Salad with Kale and Parmesan

Roasted Grape and Butternut Squash Salad with Kale and Pa... by Elizabeth Stark

Winter Panzanella with Orange, Roasted Beets, and Pomegranate Seeds

Winter Panzanella with Orange, Roasted Beets, and Pomegra... by Ann S

Salad with caramelized fennel and apples

Salad with caramelized fennel and apples by fiveandspice

Roasted Pear and Rainbow Chard Salad

Roasted Pear and Rainbow Chard Salad by Elizabeth Stark

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