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Transitioning into fall foods can sometimes be a bit confusing, especially if you live in a place where it takes a little bit longer for the cooler fall weather to set in. The best way to eat the best food all year round is to eat seasonally. This means choosing produce that’s in its peak season so you’re eating the best-tasting produce. Salads are a great way to fit in a variety of seasonal produce and both micro and macronutrients. This guide focuses on gorgeous and delicious salads you can create and enjoy as the weather shifts from summer to fall.

End-of-summer salads carry the refreshing and bright flavors of summer while fall salads start to introduce roasted vegetables paired with more earthy and warming flavors. Both salads are a great way to eat lots of color and you can pair these salads with your favorite plant-based protein and grain to make it a fuller meal.

If you’re looking for more ways to eat delicious fall meals, check out this meal plan focused on warming autumn meals, and another focused on deliciously creamy fall foods.

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 20,000 delicious recipes, it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based, and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! And don’t forget to check out our Weekly Meal Plan Archives

This week, we’re bringing delicious, fully vegan, and plant-based ways to enjoy late summer and early autumn salads!

End of Summer Salads

Vegan BLT Salad
BLT Salad by Shane Martin

Source: BLT Salad

End-of-summer salads are a great way to get the last of summer’s produce. This list focuses on those brighter flavors of summer such as lemon, BBQ, and fresh herbs. You can also pair greens with a creamy chickpea salad or a pasta salad for another added freshness and crunch.

Fall Salads

Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Chopped Salad
Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Chopped Salad by Shanika Graham-White

Source: Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Chopped Salad

Salads for the fall season include warming ingredients such as roasted vegetables and warm spices (think cinnamon, rosemary, and thyme). With the added roasted vegetables over the greens, the entire salad becomes comforting and filling, and you can even add warm beans over top for a heartier serving.

In Season Salads

Vegan Rainbow Quinoa and Pear Salad
Rainbow Quinoa and Pear Salad by Denise Perrault

Source: Rainbow Quinoa and Pear Salad

Foods that are in season right now include artichokes, pears, avocados, and beets.  Using these vegetables to create salads is a great way to enjoy a variety of veggies and colors on your plate. Plus, eating seasonally ensures that you’re getting the best-tasting produce and using produce at it’s peak season.

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