This list of savory salads that make a meal will have you eating salads every day of the month, all year long.
Summer may be coming to a close, but don’t give up those greens just yet.
I get it, I get it. It can be so hard to give up those warm summer days spent peacefully relaxing or jam-packed with awesome activities. And now that school’s back in session, and there’s a hint of chill in the morning air, it’s easy to fall into a ho-hum meal rotation, or start snacking on lunch box leftovers.
Stop in the name of love for salad!
This is the most bounty-ous time of year to take advantage of all the seasonal harvest favorites. Take your pick of kale, squash, apples, sweet potatoes, and so much more in this monthly roundup featuring 30 days of sumptuous salads that are a full meal in themselves, or an enticing side to any healthy dinner.
September 1: Chopped Mexican Kale Salad
This Mexican inspired combo makes any meal a fiesta! Get crunchy, creamy, sweet, and savory in every flavor-infused bite thanks to roasted butternut squash, cranberries, pepitas, and a tangy dressing.
September 2: Chipotle Apple Sweet Potato Salad
Love and Lemons
Use up the last of summer’s sweet corn, and pair it with silky sweet potatoes, seasonal apples and a spicy chipotle glaze.
September 3: Chopped Kale Power Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing
She Likes Food
Be the boss of your day with this super food lunch or satisfying dinner salad. Chopping all the ingredients into uniform sizes adds so much texture in each nourishing forkful. I like to get a bite of everything at once!
September 4: Chickpea Salad with Carrots and Dill
Cookie and Kate
Veggie-friendly and protein-packed, this hearty salad makes the most of basic veggies and a can of beans. Toss in roasted pumpkin seeds for plenty of crunch.
September 5: Fall Panzanella Salad
Two Peas and Their Pod
Two of my favorites–bread and salad–sign me up! Add a healthy dose of roasted veggies, tart cranberries and juicy apples for a fancy dinner side or just a fancy lunch for yourself.
September 6: Steak and Potato Bowls
Iowa Girl Eats
Fire up the grill while it’s still reasonable outside and dig into this salad that even a meat and potatoes man (or woman!) will appreciate.
September 7: Crunchy Cashew Kale Salad
How Sweet Eats
Crunchy munchy honey roasted cashews, crispy homemade croutons, creamy goat cheese and velvety buttercup squash make this a seasonal slam dunk–extra points for the maple dijon dressing.
September 8: Mediterranean Salmon Salad
This med-style salad is chock full of heart healthy fats including salmon, avocado, olives, and tons of fresh veggies. A double-duty marinade and dressing make this a snap to put together.
September 9: Shaved Brussels Sprouts Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
I’m so ready to make Brussels sprouts a thing! Dive into seasonal eating with shaved sprouts, sweet beets and smooth goats cheese, accented by toasted pecans and a tangy mustard dressing.
September 10: Thai Chili Corn Salad
Fit Foodie Finds
Your taste buds won’t know what hit ’em when you load your plate with this tantalizing Thai dish. Grilled corn, peppers, and plenty of zing from red chili paste will brighten up any sad desk lunch.
September 11: Vegan Cobb Salad
Eating Bird Food
Say what? A totally veggie-based dish that still packs 19 grams of protein? It’s true! Lots of satisfying texture from chickpeas, crunchy tempeh bacon, and greens will have even the most devoted meat eater munching through this lunch.
September 12: Autumn Cobb Salad
Like your favorite light-knit sweater, this salad belongs on your table as the perfect transitional piece between the last days of summer and early Fall. Roasted squash, crunchy apples, and a a spiced apple cider vinaigrette add seasonal flair, while keeping it light.
September 13: Farro Apple Mozzarella Salad
This healthy blend of nutty grains, fruit, and cheese makes for a beautifully balanced lunch or striking dinner side. This recipe calls for farro, but you can easily swap in any leftover grain you have on hand.
September 14: Fuji Apple Chicken Salad
Gimmie Some Oven
We don’t have a Panera Bread here in Utah, so it’s my first fast food go-to if I’m in a pinch while traveling. I always order this salad, so I can’t wait to make this copycat version full of thinly sliced crispy apples, pecans and juicy chicken at home.
September 15: Rainbow Power Salad with Peanut Dijon Dressing
With Salt and Wit
Another day, another kale salad. But this colorful melange of hearty veggies sets itself apart from the crowd with a luscious dressing, and texture galore thanks to creamy chickpeas and roasted peanuts.
September 16: Muffaletta Salad
Spicy Southern Kitchen
A slew of authentic Italian meats, cheeses, and Giardiniera veggies make this a delicious deli-style meal that will keep a that pep in your step all the way until dinner time.
September 17: Harvest Apple Kale Salad
How Sweet Eats
The standard kale salad gets an inspired makeover all the delicious flavors of fall with smoky honey pepita clusters, cinnamon shallot vinaigrette, crisp apples and sharp white cheddar.
September 18: Autumn Pear Salad
Pears are often overshadowed by apples and pumpkin spice everything this time of year, but you can make the best use of this forgotten fruit by tossing it with field greens, shaved Parmesan, tart cranberries and nuts with this simple and healthy salad.
September 19: Thai Chickpea Salad
Almost too pretty to eat! Take your tastebuds on a trip around the world with this vibrant, veggie-packed dish topped with an enticing peanut curry dressing.
September 20: Grilled Chicken Waldorf Salad
The Modern Proper
No stuffy salads here! Make an updated version of this classic with sassy candied walnuts, white balsamic vinegar, and shredded kale.
September 21: Classic Italian Chopped Salad
This restaurant-inspired chopped salad combines easy marinated chickpeas, salami, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, Asiago cheese, and a zesty red wine vinaigrette for authentic Italian taste at your own kitchen table.
September 22: Citrus Brussels Sprouts and Pecan Salad
Citrus adds a splash of sweetness to savory blue cheese, pecans and Brussels sprouts in an easy dish that gets even better the next day.
September 23: Chopped Wedge Salad
We all love a good steakhouse-style wedge salad, but it’s just not practical to tote that around in your lunchbox or stash in the office fridge. Problem solved with this reimagined blend of green lettuce, tomatoes, blue cheese, and bacon.
September 24: Mushroom Lentil Salad
We don’t often think of mushrooms as being “in season” because they’re in stores year round, but Fall is peak mushroom time in many parts of the country. Use this readily available ingredient to transform an easy batch of lentils into a gorgeous and tasty salad, topped with caramelized onions, salty capers, and pine nuts.
September 25: Feta Chopped Salad
Don’t let the simplicity of this salad stop you from relishing this as the perfect accompaniment to any main dish. Just a handful of pantry staples paired with readily available fresh produce make this an easy addition to your weekly menu.
September 26: Honey Mustard Chicken Salad
You may have seen this beauty floating around on Pinterest before, but it’s so good, we had to mention it again. I love this for a week of healthy lunches, or a satisfying light dinner.
September 27: Roasted Pear and Gorgonzola Salad
The Suburban Soapbox
Rescue fruit that may have been sitting on your counter for a little too long, or just isn’t ripe enough to toss in a lunchbox yet, by roasting it for maximum flavor. Add lightly sweetened nuts, sharply flavored cheese, and pomegranate arils delightfully autumnal dish.
September 28: Garlicky Kale Salad with Tandoori Chickpeas
This flavorful and salad gets it’s kick from a creamy roasted garlic dressing and fills you up with subtly spiced chickpeas and loads of chewy greens.
September 29: Autumn Chopped Salad
The Recipe Critic
You can’t stop the chop with this delectable mix of fall favorites. Diced fruit, romaine, bacon, cranberries and feta play favorites with a creamy poppy seed dressing you won’t want to quit!
This oldie but goodie is one we come back to again and again. Roasted squash, candied pecans, chickpeas and kale are complimented by mellow tahini dressing to bring in the harvest season with style.
More Recipes You Will Want to Make Now
With a fresh salad for every day of the month, this list should keep you feeling slim and satisfied long after swim-suit season is over. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out:
- 31 Healthy Lunches to Make Now
- 10 Healthy and Hearty Salad Recipes That Make a Meal
- 30 Dinners to Make When There’s No Time to Cook in September
- 25 Lightened-Up, Healthy Chicken Dinner Recipes
- 31 Days of Weeknight Chicken Dinners to Make In March
- 31 Quick and Healthy Veggie Side Dishes in 30 Minutes or Less
How are you getting ready to welcome fall in your home? Are you already breaking out the Halloween decorations, or are you relishing the last warm days of the year? I love hearing about your ever day lives!
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