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5 Fall Salads You're About to Fall in Love With

Made with shredded kale, crisp pancetta, tart apples and pecans in a zingy maple vinaigrette, this salad just screams fall. It's wildly addictive -- even my husband, who is not much of a salad guy, cannot get enough of it.
10/05/2014 08:48am ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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Made with shredded kale, crisp pancetta, tart apples and pecans in a zingy maple vinaigrette, this salad just screams fall. It's wildly addictive -- even my husband, who is not much of a salad guy, cannot get enough of it. GET THE RECIPE

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I make this earthy lentil and vegetable salad when I get fed up with hasty on-the-go lunches and am craving something wholesome. It's made with French green lentils, which are ideal for salads because they stay firm and hold their shape when cooked. GET THE RECIPE

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Believe or not, this salad will have you eating your vegetables (and, most surprisingly, your kale) with pleasure and abandon. Bright, bold flavors and textures abound: earthy kale; cool and crunchy carrots, bell peppers and red cabbage; toasted almonds; and a creamy peanut dressing laced with ginger, honey, spicy sriracha and fresh lime. It's meant to be a side dish, but if you're anything like me, you'll probably find yourself eating the whole lot of it for dinner. GET THE RECIPE

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Dried cranberries and toasted walnuts make this carrot slaw perfect for fall. I like to serve it with a warm crusty baguette for a light lunch, or as a healthy side to sandwiches or burgers. GET THE RECIPE

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If you've had dinner at my house, chances are you've had this salad. It's perfect for entertaining -- the glazed pecans and goat cheese dress it up, and the vinaigrette is one of those salty-sweet-tangy flavor combinations that everyone loves. GET THE RECIPE