When cooler temperatures and shorter fall days make soups and Pumpkin Spice Lattes think of you, get ready to broaden your horizons. Fall is also when an array of antioxidant-rich vegetables reach their peak maturity, making it the best time to fill your plate with the delicious and nutritious bounty that nature provides. One of the best and easiest ways to do this is by making a salad.
Although salads conjure up images of fresh, tender young greens and plump red tomatoes, there are many variations that showcase the best of the fall harvest. The mix of fall flavors might make you forget why salads are so good for you — mostly because they’re typically low in calories but high in filling fiber, a nutrient that an estimated 95 percent of Americans don’t get enough of, according to previous research . In addition to putting more fiber on the plate, the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health notes that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers and digestive problems.
Making your own salads is a great way to avoid fatty dressings and nutritionally empty toppings like croutons and bacon that many restaurants add. And it’s easy, all you have to do is chop, shuffle and throw.
Here are eight sensational salads to enjoy all season long.