Autumn Salad Inspiration

Kale and Sweet Potato Salad (recipe below).

Kale and Sweet Potato Salad (recipe below).

If by this point in the CSA you are feeling overwhelmed with greens (a good problem to have!) or in a salad slump, here are a few of our favorite Autumn salads to get you over the hump—and keep you eating well all week long.

 

Southwestern Kale Salad.

Southwestern Kale Salad.

Southwestern Kale Salad

This salad was substantial enough to make a dinnertime meal at my house, and it was tasty enough that I made it for a second time later in the week. Plus, it’s full of several super-foods right out of your share!
 

Sweet Potato and Kale Salad.

Sweet Potato and Kale Salad.

Sweet Potato and Kale Salad

Sure, this sounds like a variation on the Southwestern Kale Salad, and both include sweet potatoes and kale, but this version is much sweeter, lighter, quicker to prepare. It makes a great meal for your lunch box or a side salad for dinner.

 

Gorgonzola, Pear, and Chicken Salad.

Gorgonzola, Pear, and Chicken Salad.

Gorgonzola, Pear, and Chicken Salad

Here’s another salad that is a satisfying meal all by itself. I ate one for lunch and was barely hungry when dinner rolled around hours later. Crunched for time? Instead of making your own breaded chicken strips (because how many of us have time for that?), just use a frozen chicken tender. 

 

Spiced Pecan Salad

Spiced Pecan Salad

Spiced Pecan Salad

For a lot of folks, the best part of Autumn is the return of “pumpkin spice” flavor. For me, this season’s best flavor is spiced pecan: pecans roasted at 350 degree for just a few minutes with a generous drizzle of olive oil, sea salt, pepper, paprika, and ground cumin. These spiced pecans will make any salad sing, especially combined with other fall flavors such as cranberries, diced fruit (either tart apple or juicy pear), and a crumbly cheese (feta or blue cheese). I like to throw mine over the arugula or the fancy salad mix that comes with the share—that is if I can stop myself from eating them all right out of the oven!