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It’s easy to embrace apple cider vinegar when you hear about its healthy powers: It combats high cholesterol! It detoxes your body! It improves digestion! Plus, it’s super popular with celebrities.

What do you do if taking regular apple cider vinegar shots is a little too intense for your taste, like it is for Gabby Douglas? Answer: Seek alternative ways to get in your daily (or maybe weekly…) dose of the stuff.

One of the easiest—and most meal-prep friendly—ways to get ACV into your diet without pounding it straight is to incorporate it into your lunchtime salad. Below are some options to get you started—no chaser necessary.

You’ll want to dress everything dressed in apple cider vinaigrette after trying these 7 salads below.

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1. Roasted Delicata Squash, Farro, and Arugula Salad

Squash is in season, folks, so make the most of your farmers’ market’s fall offerings with this salad. The tart dressing—made with apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and honey—will add brightness to the creaminess of the squash and the nuttiness of the farro.

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2. Crunchy Kale Apple Salad

Kale, crunch, and color lovers, rejoice, because this salad has all that and more. Beyoncé’s favorite leafy green‘s bitterness is beautifully offset by the sweet dressing, which combines apple cider vinegar with maple syrup.

Photo: The Modern Physic Garden Kitchen

3. Turmeric Paneer Salad

To make this Indian-inspired healthy salad, you can DIY your own paneer, which in this recipe is made with turmeric (anti-inflammatory properties, FTW). With the ACV dressing, you’ll get a helping of a digestive aid, too.

Photo: Sue Bee Homemaker

4. Fresh Cucumber Salad

This lightened version of the classic side dish swaps honey and Greek yogurt in place of sugar and half-and-half, while apple cider vinegar brings tartness to the party.

Photo: The Wholesome Fork

5. Cilantro Lime Quinoa Black Bean Salad

ACV’s health benefits are just bonus in this nutrient-packed salad. It has major fiber, vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, and iron. And, it’s vegan.

Photo: Kimberly Snyder

6. ACV Veggie Quinoa Salad Recipe

Kimberly Snyder, a member of our very own Well+Good Council, made this crunchy and nutritious recipe, which has it all: protein-rich quinoa, plenty of veggies, and ACV, which Snyder says can also prevent the growth of unhealthy bacteria.

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7. Beet Salad With Feta and Figs

Beets, feta, and figs are such a quintessentially fall combo. This recipe is great for those who are looking out for their cholesterol, but it’s also perfect for anyone looking to fill out their fall dinner party menu with a seasonally appropriate salad.

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