5 Fall Salads You Can Eat for Dinner — Recipes from The Kitchn

The cooler days of fall may spark the desire to bring rich comfort food back to the table, but that doesn't mean we don't crave a wholesome salad every now and again for dinner. While our dinner salads over the past few months were likely lighter, now we're on the hunt for salads that are just as full of vegetables and other good stuff but that also feel a little cozier.

Maybe that means adding a warm element to the salad, roasting the vegetables instead of eating them raw, or tossing some whole grains or pasta on top to make it extra satisfying. Whatever it is, here are five salad recipes we've got on repeat this season.


You 100 Percent Need This Kitchen Essential (Now on Sale) — Amazon Deal of the Day

The salad spinner is one of those kitchen gadgets that most people don't think they need. And yet it is 100 percent essential in any kitchen. Obviously, yes, if you make a lot of salads at home, but also if you frequently cook with greens or fresh herbs.

If you don't have one already, consider this one from Cuisinart — it's currently more than 50 percent off on Amazon.


18 Hearty Salads Perfect for Fall — Recipes from The Kitchn

I have to be honest — this is the time of year I really look forward to most, when the bounty of summer produce gives way to fall's harvest. This shift brings a welcome change to my salad routine, with hearty ingredients like winter squash, shredded Brussels sprouts, and cabbage playing a starring role. As we move through fall and beyond, here are 18 salads you have to try.


The Foolproof Method for Washing Salad Greens — Tips from The Kitchn

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Every restaurant kitchen has an unsung hero — someone who keeps the wheels turning, the food coming (and, as a result, the lights on), but who never makes it into the magazines. Sometimes it's the dishwasher, sometimes it's the fry cook. At Oleana Restaurant, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I worked for several years as sommelier, it was Pacho.


Our 6 Favorite Salad Kits from Trader Joe’s — Family Dinner

Sometimes the most realistic way to get a big bowl of salad on the dinner table is to opt for convenience (read: a pre-made bag of salad). And once again, Trader Joe's is the answer to our veggie-filled prayers.

In the produce section you'll find TJ's selection of complete salads. There are quite a few options — all featuring blends of various greens with assorted toppings and a packet of dressing to match. No matter what's on your meal plan, Trader Joe's has a salad kit that'll go with it.

Here are six of our favorites.


Recipe: Crunchy Cabbage & Peanut Slaw — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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This deceptively simple mix of cabbage, peanuts, and rice vinegar with oil is one of the easiest ways to round out a meal. It's all in how you cut the cabbage: the mix is light and feathery yet satisfying at the same time. This is my attempt to imitate it, and it's also a basic element in one of my favorite meals for a crowd, slow cooker hoisin pork wraps.


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