Fall is officially on! This is probably my favorite foodie season, I mean what’s not to love? I get to eat everything with Apples, Pumpkins, and Squash.
I decided to kick off the start of fall with this Fall Harvest Salad with Goji Berries and Honey Apple Cider Vinaigrette. Whew, that was a mouthful! 🙂
I still can’t believe we’re into another season already, I mean where did summer go? I love fall in Florida because the humidity drops and now I can go outside mid-day without dripping sweat. If you’ve ever been to Florida in the summer, then you know what I mean. With the temp and humidity it feels like 100 degrees every day.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the heat in the summer here, but it kind of limits you to what you can do outside. Yes there’s the beach or the pool to cool off, but I’m itching to get out on my bicycle and ride some trails!
I just recently purchased my first bicycle. Honestly I haven’t had a bike since I was a kid, which was… ok it was a long time ago.
I decided to get one of those retro bikes from the 50’s. It’s a beautiful turquoise color with handle bars that stick out straight, and has fatter tires so I can ride it on the beach or the trails. I even added a pink basket and a bell, yes I am a total dork. 🙂 But I love it, and it makes me feel like a kid again riding around.
Ok let’s get back to this salad!
Salads aren’t just for summer. I eat salads pretty much year round, and I like to use whatever is fresh and in season.
For this salad I used Spinach as a base and added fresh Apples, Feta, Pecans, and Goji Berries. I love adding Goji Berries as a salad topping. I recently used them in this Warm Quinoa Sweet Potato Kale Salad which is another yummy fall salad.
If you’re not familiar with Goji Berries, it’s a dried fruit that is kind of similar to a dried cranberry, but has a unique texture and flavor of its own. It’s packed full of Vitamin A, it can help protect you from skin damage, and it helps build your immune system. Sounds perfect!
Oh and some of you were asking where you can find these, you can find Goji Berries in most health food stores. I found them in the smoothie booster aisle, is that the name of the actual aisle? No I don’t think so, but that’s what I call it. The aisle where the Raw Cacao, and Maca Powders are. And yes, you can add Goji Berries to smoothies too…hmmm maybe I’ll do a smoothie recipe soon with them. What do you think?
Now let’s talk about the Honey Apple Cider Vinaigrette.
I love this salad dressing. It’s creamy, slightly sweet, subtly tangy, and makes this salad entirely apple-y!
It’s basically equal parts of Apple Cider Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Honey with a little salt and pepper. I used 1/4 cup of each of the liquids which makes a small batch. It’s plenty for this salad, plus you’ll probably have some left over.
I store mine in a little small glass mason jar with a lid. I picked these up at Target, but you can find them on Amazon too. The packaging said they were for baby food, but I think they are the perfect size for homemade salad dressings.
Oh and the dressing will keep for about a week in the fridge, which is perfect for adding to more salads!
If you try this let me know what you think by leaving a comment below! Do you have a favorite fall salad of your own? I’d love to hear what it is, drop me a line below!
- For the Salad:
- 1 5oz package Baby Spinach
- 5 oz Feta Cheese crumbles
- ¾ cup Pecan halves
- 1 Granny Smith Green Apple sliced and cored
- 2 oz package Goji Berries
- For the Dressing:
- ¼ cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
- ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- ¼ cup Honey
- ¼ tsp Sea Salt
- ¼ tsp Pepper
- In large salad bowl add Spinach and top with Feta, Pecans, Apple, and Goji Berries.
- In a small glass jar add EVOO, Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Salt, and Pepper.
- Put a lid on the jar and shake vigorously until blended.
- Pour dressing onto salad.
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