5 Healthy Fall Salad Recipes

by Alison McIrvin

Now is the time to take advantage of your garden and farmers’ market bounty to enjoy some fresh options for meals.  You can create some pretty incredible salads with ingredients that won’t be so freely available in just a few months.

We have made it easy for you and found some yummy, fresh recipes to help you add some variation and healthy nutrients to your dinners. Bon appetite!

1. This warm spaghetti squash recipe is perfect for using some of that squash that your garden just keeps on giving. Gain an edge using olive oil instead of canola, and you will benefit from antioxidants called polyphenols. Low calorie count and high in water makes spaghetti squash a great addition to your diet.

2. High in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, and low calories makes this spinach and pear salad is a nutritional and flavor filled recipe to try. In addition to the high iron and vitamin A and C content, the spinach will provide you with flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and beta-carotene.

3. Early fall results in an abundance of corn and tomatoes, so take advantage of them with this Salad of Corn and Cherry Tomatoes.  *Corn is a nutritional dynamo, rich in antioxidants and fiber. Cherry tomatoes are bursting with vitamins C and A, Vitamin B-6, and also full of anti-oxidants. This one is easy to prepare the night before and allow the flavors to really blend.

4. Crisp, crunch apples are the fruit of fall. Overflowing with vital dietary fiber, iron, antioxidants, and vitamin C, this easy to prep Fall Apple Salad is a champion. It literally only takes 5 minutes to make, giving you plenty of time to get in your workout

5. Caramelized squash and pomegranate ginger vinaigrette make the Autumn Arugula Salad a dazzling blend of tastes.  With only 72 calories per ½ cup of pomegranate seeds, increased blood flow and reducing prostrate cancer rates make this salad a great choice.  They also provided a powerful combination of antioxidants. In the past, I avoided pomegranates since I was unsure of how to cut them.  Well check this out and be daunted no more!

* Beware when it comes to using corn in your diet. Much of the grocery store corn and even at farmer’s markets is GMO corn.  You can usually avoid GMO by buying organic corn products.

Enjoy those lovely fall days and evenings with some fun, variety for you meals knowing these 5 recipes are all a part of that fit and healthy lifestyle you seek!  Please share with us your favorites.

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