This Fall Harvest Salad is one that will warm your hearts and your belly because it includes apples, figs, balsamic vinegar, and candied pecans – the perfect making of fall flavored salad!
1 tbls olive oil
1 tbls maple syrup
handful of pumpkin seeds
handful of cranberries*
handful of candied pecans*
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 14 ounce bag of Kale
1-2 honey crisp apples, thinly sliced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
*Walmart sells an incredible Salad toppings blend – see it here.
1/3 cup olive oil
1 shallot, diced
2 tbls Balsamic Vinegar (I use a Pomegranate Bals Vin from Vibrante that I love.. Shop it here.)
2 tbls apple cider vinegar
1 tbls fig preserves (the more the better)
1 tbls fresh thyme leaves
kosher salt and pepper
In a large salad bowl, combine the kale, pecans, and cranberries.
To make the vinaigrette. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the shallots, cook until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool slightly. Add the apple cider vinegar, fig preserves, and thyme. Season with salt, pepper, and you can even add red pepper flakes for a nice spice (I do not like this 🙂 ).
Pour the vinaigrette over the salad, tossing to combine – the longer the dressing is on the salad the more the kale will wilt and become softer and sweeter to eat!
Top the salad with Pumpkin Seeds, sliced apples, and feta. Eat and enjoy!
If you love pears, you can slice pears very thinly and add them to the dressing as you are making it on the stove. This will marinate your pears and make them really soft! It will also give another texture to your salad – and I’m all about textures in salads!