Since our visit to Mapleside Farms, I haven’t been able to get that delicious autumn salad out of my mind. So, until we make it back out that way, I decided to make my own version of that amazing salad. Here’s what I came up with:
What you need:
- Romaine lettuce (one head)
- 2-3 small apples, diced
- 1 cucumber, diced
- Half of a 6-8 oz bag of radishes, diced
- 2 small pears, diced
- 1-2 tbsp cranberries
- Blue cheese, crumbled
- 2 tbsp walnuts (optional)
- 2 hard boiled eggs (optional)
- Apple cider vinaigrette
- Salt & pepper, to taste
What you do:
I bought a vibrant bag of organic radishes.
I purchased some Ohio-grown apples from a local farmer’s market, along with a local-grown cucumbers, and Washington state pears.
For the dressing, I wanted to make an apple vinaigrette using apple cider (which we really stocked up on this year). After poking around Pinterest for a little while, I found this recipe from Little B Cooks: Chronicles from a Vermont Foodie. I pretty much followed it exactly, only I used a little less olive oil because we were low. This dressing turned out delicious and was so easy to make with ingredients that I already had on hand.
This salad definitely needed some cheese. I crumbled up some blue cheese that I picked up at Trader Joe’s.
Once everything is plated and mixed, I added a dash of salt and pepper to taste and drizzled it with the apple cider vinaigrette. I did not include walnuts, as I am allergic to tree nuts (womp womp). I also didn’t include any hard boiled eggs on this one, but it is definitely an option. I decided to opt for cranberries, which really fit in with the autumn theme and brightened the plate up even more. This salad made about 4 servings or (in our case) 2 and a half ridiculously big dinner salads.
Like many people, autumn is by far my favorite time of year. Whether it’s taking photos of the leaves changing, cheering in the bleachers at a football game, or decorating for halloween, I just love getting into this season. Making autumn-inspired food is just another way I try to keep this season alive before the dreaded winter returns.
Hope you’re having a fun fall and indulging in some autumn-themed food and activities!