5 Incredibly Healthy (and Delicious) Fall Salad Recipes

The change of seasons from summer to fall is a favorite of many. In some areas it can be a nice welcome change in summer heat to enjoy more comfortable temperatures to play and workout outside. Summer to fall garden bounty means lots of wonderful fresh options to make some pretty incredible salads with ingredients that won’t be so readily available in just a couple of short months.

We have found some really great recipes to help you add some variety and healthy nutrients to your dinners. Bon appetite!Autumn-Arugula-Salad-with-Caramelized-Squash-Spiced-Pecans-and-Pomegranate-Ginger-Vinaigrette-6

1. This warm spaghetti squash recipe is just right for using some of those squash from your garden or farmers’ market. Although canola oil is one of the healthier oils for cooking, replace it with olive oil and gain and edge with antioxidants called polyphenols. Spaghetti squash is one of the lowest caloric containing winter squash, low in fat, and high in water content.

2. Since pears are not only low calorie, but packed with health benefiting nutrients such as dietary fiber & anti-oxidants, this spinach and pear salad is a nutritional and flavor gem 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. Two garden veggies in profuse abundance in early fall are taken advantage of in the Salad of Corn and Cherry Tomatoes.  *Corn is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in antioxidants and fiber. Cherry tomatoes are packed with vitamins C and A, Vitamin B-6, and also high in anti-oxidants. Prepare it the night before and the flavors really come alive.

4. Nothing quite says fall like fresh, crunchy apples. Packed with important dietary fiber, iron, antioxidants, and vitamin C, this quick and easy to prep Fall Apple Salad is a winner. It literally only takes 5 minutes to prepare, so it allows plenty of time to get in your workout at Sync!

5. The Autumn Arugula Salad with caramelized squash and pomegranate ginger vinaigrette is a gorgeous blend of flavors.  ½ cup of pomegranate seeds only contains 72 calories. But that same half cup is powerful at increasing blood flow and reducing prostrate cancer rates as well as provided a powerful combination of antioxidants. In the past, I avoided pomegranates since I was intimidated by how to cut them.  Well check this out and be intimidated 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.

Well, these 5 recipes should go a long way in providing some fun variety to your healthy fall dinners. Enjoy and let us know if you have any favorites!

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