Autumn Harvest Salad

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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:

1. Start of by cleaning and chopping up the head of romaine lettuce.

1. Start of by cleaning and chopping up the head of organic romaine lettuce.

I bought a vibrant bag of organic radishes.

Next, wash up and chop your radishes. I bought a vibrant bag of organic radishes.

Next, wash up and dice your radishes.

I purchased some Ohio-grown apples from a local farmer’s market, along with a local-grown cucumbers, and Washington state pears.

Now gather up your apples, pears, and cucumber. Similarly clean and chop these up.

Now gather up your apples, pears, and cucumber. Similarly clean and chop these up.

All of your fruits and veggies looking good & diced up.

All of your fruits and veggies looking good & diced up.

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.

Apple cider vinaigrette can be easily made with just a few ingredients.

Apple cider vinaigrette can be easily made with just a few ingredients.

This salad definitely needed some cheese. I crumbled up some blue cheese that I picked up at Trader Joe’s.

Finally, its time to grab up your ingredients up and put the salad together.

Finally, its time to grab up your ingredients up and put the salad together.

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.

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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!