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Oh, hey there Monday. Ready for a Fall inspired salad? While we still officially have a few days left of summer, I’m declaring FALL in my kitchen. After spending the last week in Sacramento, I ate more than my fill of zucchini, corn, heirlooms, peaches and rosé. Basking in 90 degree heat with best friends; the perfect way to say goodbye to the season.
This salad is also the perfect balance to a week of vacationing and over-indulgence. Ever since moving to St. Louis last year, I’ve had a running list of restaurants that I’ve missed on the West coast, making every effort to hit most of them last week. Now that I’m back in the Lou, I’m craving nothing but vegetables, whole grains– and lots of them.
This salad is my take on Panara’s Orchard Harvest salad; I love the combo of crisp apples, honeyed pecans, creamy goat cheese and cider dressing. Quinoa was added for extra protein and fiber as well as a large bed of mache lettuce blend, my favorite packaged salad variety.
I try and limit my dairy intake to when it really provides a lot of flavor, and I can’t get enough of the goat cheese crumbles here. It almost melts into the lettuce and is the perfect pairing with crispy Fall apples.
These pecans are a must-make. A must for holiday parties, for snacking, this salad and everything in between. The hardest part about this salad is not eating all of the pecans while you are prepping the rest of the ingredients. They are addictive to say the very, very least.
If you’re looking for a healthy way to start the week, this salad is it. Prep the quinoa, pecans and dressing ahead of time for easy assemble throughout the week. You know how I feel about week-day lunches (and dinners) — make them as easy as possible on yourself. With simple ingredients like this, you can mix and match healthy meals whenever you need them.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Fall Harvest Salad! A must make this fall. Mache lettuce, quinoa, apples, goat cheese, homemade honeyed pecans and a simple apple cider dressing. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free.