5 Exciting Fall Salads That You'll Actually Crave (Recipes)

Salads are great.

If you do them right, salads should strike that magical balance between nutritious and tasty, because nobody likes one that's just pure leaves.

It can be tough if you're coming out of your summer salad groove and feel a little tired of your usual, now that the leaves are changing and the crisp fall air has rolled in. But verily I say unto thee: Don't even worry about the dreaded salad slump.

There are a ton of gloriously filling, positively sinful tasting salads out there that are jam-packed with the seasonal ingredients that you're probably craving this time of year. And most importantly, they are full of contrasting flavors and textures that make them positively exciting.

1. Kale, Apple, Pecorino Salad With Crispy Prosciutto And Balsamic Drizzle

Meat and cheese can make any salad feel hearty. With salty cheese, crispy cured prosciutto, bright citrus and a dash of fall fruit, you'll love this exciting kale salad. P.S. You can save a little time by microwaving the prosciutto instead of baking it for a similar effect.

2. Autumn Pearl Couscous Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

Salad absolutely does not need to be green-centric. This grain and roasted veggie mix is a great option for when you are burnt out on eating leaves but want a veggie-heavy entree or side.

3. Easy Almond Apple Quinoa Salad

Another healthy grain-centric dish that's full of fun, contrasting textures. This protein-packed mix works well for anyone who thinks they can't stomach another dang salad. Prove them wrong!

4. Gorgonzola Pear Chicken Salad

I'd eat just about anything if it had fried chicken on top of it. So when you pound the meat thin, bread it and gently pan-fry it in a couple of tablespoons of oil, you're automatically going to have my attention. Toss it with a light dressing, zingy arugula, bold blue cheese and fresh pears, and you can convert salad haters to the leafy side.

5. Fall Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

There's something about shredded brussels sprouts that makes them absolutely delectable. They make for a perfect slaw-type base that holds up to dressing way better than lettuce, especially if they're going to be sitting out for a few minutes before being served. With fried shallots (french-fried onions are OK if you're in a rush), salty gorgonzola cheese, rich pecans and sweet dried cranberries, this salad sure is hard to get tired of.