This time of year when things can feel pressured in getting ready for the holidays, you need a beautiful quick salad that will elicit oohs and ahhs! And be just as delicious! This salad started with a walk, no, not at the farmer’s market but a walk on a cool autumn day with light glinting through the trees and the colors oh, the reds, oranges and yellows leaves wafting down from the trees.
That is where the inspiration for this recipe came from. The colors of Autumn. This recipe there is no specific quantities except for the salad dressing. That you will want to keep consistent quantities to turn out marvelous. For the salad, suggestions are all that are necessary,
organic baby greens such as spinach, arugula blend or baby power greens. Pomegranate seeds, orange, yellow bell peppers, either fresh or sauteed sliced red pear or crisp apple slices such as fuji add in sliced red onion if you choose and the pièce de ré·sis·tance- stilton cheese with apricots! It was soo good that I couldn’t wait to get it home to nibble on it!
I paired the salad with balsamic dressing that takes 1 minute to prepare. You can also use raspberry vinaigrette or meyer lemon salad dressing.
What options will you use for this salad? Enjoy!
5 minute Harvest Salad
Easy quick salad that is perfect for the holidays with baby greens, colorful bell peppers, pomegranate seeds with balsamic dressing.
- Baby organic greens, arugula and spinach blend
- red pear or crisp apple slices* see below optional saute
- pomegranate seeds
- Stilton cheese with apricots
- Optional: sliced red onion
Balsamic Salad Dressing
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 (optional)shallot, peeled or 2 slices white/yellow onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1-2 tablespoons honey (optional)
Sautéed pears or apples
- slices of firm pears or apple from above recipe
- 2 tablespoons butter for each 1 cup sliced fruit
If the salad is for large gathering and there will be many different dishes plan on 1/3 cup greens for each person. If for 1-2 people plan 1 cup each greens, 3 slices peppers, 3-5 slices pear/apple slices, 2 tablespoons each pomegranate seeds and heavy sprinkling of yummy stilton cheese
Balsamic Salad Dressing Directions:
Put all ingredients in blender, blend on high to puree and emulsify the ingredients. Serve tossed over the salad Makes almost 1 cup = makes 5 servings (3 tablespoons per serving for large individual salad).
Sautéed Pears/Apple Slices
Heat butter in cast iron skillet over medium high heat, add pears/apple slices, turn over with tongs or spatula once fruit is golden brown on edges, turn down to medium remove once both sides are golden brown. Enjoy!
PS- want to save this recipe for later? save the pic below to Pinterest!