We鈥檙e not wishing for聽summer to end *quite* yet, but we鈥檙e not saying we aren鈥檛 excited for fall, either. As much as we love summer produce 鈥 fresh corn, juicy berries and crisp stone fruit 鈥 there鈥檚 something about squash, pomegranates, apples and pumpkin that gets our hearts pumping. Don鈥檛 mind us while we鈥檙e scouring for squash at the farmer鈥檚 market this weekend 鈥 we鈥檙e just really excited to make these salads.

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1. Harvest Salad With Creamy Pumpkin Balsamic Vinaigrette: If we could have transitional food like we have transitional clothing, this would be the salad that bridges the gap between summer and fall. Crisp apples and tart cherries mix with cool cucumbers and are topped with a sweet pumpkin dressing. #YUM (via聽Love & Zest)

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2. Butternut Squash and Smoky Black Bean Kale Salad: Even those anti-kale folks will be converts with this recipe. The black beans and goat cheese add a punch of protein and flavor to this hearty聽salad. (via聽Eats Well With Others)

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3. Balsamic Chicken Salad With Figs, Portobellos and Candied Pecans: Figs have a short harvest period, so don鈥檛 let fall come and go before you make this salad. The chicken and mushrooms roast together in one pan, making this a quick, easy and healthy weeknight dinner. (via聽The Healthy Maven)

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4. Healthy Roasted Pumpkin Salad: Whether you choose to eat this hearty salad as a meal or a satisfying side dish, you鈥檒l love the flavors and the bountiful nutrition it contains. Each forkful will give you a healthy dose聽of protein, fiber and antioxidants to keep you going strong all day long. (via聽POPSUGAR Fitness)

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5. Autumn Arugula Salad With Caramelized Squash, Spiced Pecans and Pomegranate Ginger Vinaigrette: You can always count on blogger How Sweet It Is to create devilishly delicious salads. And this salad for fall is no exception; she combines a much-overlooked fall fruit (pomegranate) with squash and avocado for a combo that is out of this world. (via聽How Sweet It Is)

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6. Kale, Squash and Beet Salad: Kale, red kuri squash and beets聽make for a pretty and filling salad. This recipe is great to bring to your fall potluck or dinner gathering. Plus it鈥檚 vegan, gluten-free and paleo, so everyone can enjoy! (via聽Keepin鈥 It Kind)

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7. Broccoli and Butternut Squash Grain Salad With Orange Vinaigrette: Who said a salad had to be on just a bed of lettuce? This salad combines broccoli for crunch, pomegranate for a little tang and butternut squash for a little creamy sweetness for the ultimate Thanksgiving side聽(too soon?). (via聽Edible Perspective)

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8. Autumn Harvest Salad: It鈥檚 almost time to enjoy the bounty of beautiful veggies fall has to offer, like delicata squash, Brussels sprouts, caramelized onions and sweet maple vinaigrette. We can鈥檛 wait to get cozy around the fireplace after indulging in this salad. (via聽Kim鈥檚 Cravings)

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9. Autumn Salad With Roasted Squash, Cranberries, and Spicy Sunflower Seeds: If you are looking for a salad that is going to warm you up and fill you up after a day of picking apples or wandering through聽the pumpkin patch, look no further. This recipe is a little spicy and a little sweet 鈥 just what autumn should taste like. (via聽Refinery29)

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10. Salad in a Cheese Bowl: Looking for a lighter, fresher alternative to a cheesy comfort food like grilled cheese or macaroni and cheese? This CHEESE BOWL will hold all your favorite fall produce and take care of that comfort food craving brought on by cooler weather. (via聽Brit + Co)

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11. Sauteed Kale, Bacon and Apple Salad: Here鈥檚聽a warm alternative to salad that isn鈥檛 soup. This healthy salad is full of nutrients to keep the cold 鈥 and head colds 鈥 away this autumn. (via聽Culinary Coleen)

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12. Persimmon + Pomegranate Salad With Burrata + Pistachio Dukkah: If you鈥檙e lucky enough to still have farmers鈥 markets in your area after summer ends, buy persimmons and make this salad. If you can鈥檛 find persimmons, this would be equally tasty with apples or pears as a substitute. (via聽The Bojon Gourmet)

What foods get you excited for fall? Tell us below in the comments!