5 Fabulous Fall Salads

Five Fabulous Fall Salads - these are our favorite healthy and super delicious recipes for the autumn season.

The Café has been on the road for the past ten days visiting family and friends. We’re home again and, back”in the saddle”; for me, that means back in the kitchen. I’m having fun creating new recipes inspired by our travels and the season.

We spent time with two of my sisters and a dear friend, all three of them fabulous cooks. We also ate lots of really fun meals out and, to put it in a nutshell, overindulged just a wee bit. I came home feeling like it was definitely time to behave again and started pulling out some of our recipes for favorite fall salads. I thought you might be in the same boat; looking for some healthy, lean and delicious recipes.

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Honey-Cumin Vinaigrette. This salad is perfect for your most fancy-dancy guests though your family and friends will be quite smitten with the delightful combination of sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy, smoky, fresh and vibrant .................... get ready for rave review

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Honey-Cumin Vinaigrette – This salad is perfect for your most fancy-dancy guests, though your family and friends will be quite smitten with the delightful combination of sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy, smoky, fresh and vibrant …….. get ready for rave reviews!


Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa - a crazy good, super healthy salad. The recipe includes the way to cook perfect quinoa.

Butternut Squash and Smokey Ham Quinoa – A crazy good, super healthy fall salad. This recipe includes the way to cook perfect quinoa too.

Roasted Butternut Salad with Barley and Candied Bacon - Everyone goes crazy over this wonderful salad. It's loaded with really healthy ingredients but has a unbelievably delicious splurge with the candied bacon.

Roasted Butternut Salad with Barley and Candied Bacon –  I’ve gotten emails from people all over the place who have fallen in love with this salad. I think everyone loves it because it’s loaded with really healthy ingredients, but has a unbelievably delicious splurge with – are you ready? Candied bacon! (This salad is also pictured at the beginning of this post.)

Shaved Brussels Sprout Apple Salad - It might be the warm cider and bacon dressing that takes it over the top but this salad has been a fabulous winner with everyone who's tried it.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad with Cider Vinaigrette – This one seems to scream “fall”. If you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, I have a feeling you’ll change your mind after taking one bite of this delicious salad. My brother-in-law can’t stand the thought of them. My sister and I made this salad and he happily gobbled it up – after dinner we told him it was shaved Brussels sprouts and he couldn’t believe it! It might be the cider and bacon dressing that takes it over the top, but this salad has been a fabulous winner with everyone who’s tried it.

Massaged Kale and Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Apple Cider Dressing - I didn't think I like kale in salads  till I tried this simple "massaging" technique. Now they're on our menu quite frequently. This one's a favorite - It's so pretty and so tasty!

Massaged Kale and Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Apple Cider Dressing – I didn’t think I liked kale in salads, till I tried this simple technique. I thought it was too “chewy” or something … Now I’ve totally changed my mind, and kale is on our menu quite frequently. This one’s a favorite with roasted butternut squash, pomegranate arils and bacon. It’s so pretty and so tasty!


Of course Scott had his camera on his shoulder at all times during our trip, which included Chicago, southeastern Wisconsin and Nashville.  Here are a few highlights through his lens.

Marlene's View
We flew in Chicago, picked up our rental car and drove to southeastern Wisconsin where my sister, Marlene lives. Her home is on a beautiful lake and the views are just breathtaking!


Cooking with Marlene
Marlene and I always have fun cooking together. She has a prizewinning meatloaf recipe that we made for dinner one night. (She really did win first prize in a meatloaf contest a number of years ago!)


Marlene's table
Marlene always sets a beautiful table. One of days we were visiting she made a wonderful lunch and invited some favorite aunts and cousins. It was so fun to be together with them!


Wisconsin Countryside
Scott and I both grew up in Wisconsin, so the beautiful countryside brings lots of nostalgia.


Chicago El
Next stop was back to Chicago where we had a wonderful two days with another sister, Annie, and her husband. We enjoyed fabulous food (Annie is an amazing cook) and had a blast riding the “L” (the overground rapid transit system), the buses and wandering the streets of Chicago.


Annie and Chris
There’s nothing like being with a sister, no matter what you’re doing.


Annie and Chris (1)
We can get in a bit of trouble together – now you see why I had to pull out the salad recipes when we got home!


Billy Goat Tavern
A “must” anytime we’re in downtown Chicago is the world-famous Billy Goat Tavern. They start selling hamburgers at 6 in the morning and are open till the wee hours. No matter what time of day, there’s always a line We had a chance to sit and chat with the owner and his son who are friends of my sister and her husband. Check out their fun website for the whole story – billygoattavern.com


We took The Architectural Boat Tour in Chicago; what a beautiful and historic city! If you ever have the opportunity to go to Chicago, this is an amazing way to see the city.


Grand Ole Opry (1)

Grand Ole Opry
Next stop was Nashville, where we spend a few days visiting with dear friends. They treated us like royalty and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with them including seeing some quintessential Nashville sites like the Ryman Theater, the original home of The Grand Ole Opry.

It was a wonderful trip, but a bit of a whirlwind. We were so happy to sleep in our own bed,  get back into a routine – and a healthier diet. These Fall Salads will help. Hope you enjoy them!

27 thoughts on “5 Fabulous Fall Salads”

  • Hi Chris,
    What beautiful pictures, of you and your sister, and how lucky she is to have such breathtaking views on her own backyard, love the salads they look just delicious and pomegranates are my favorite, they make everything look more festive. The reason for my e-mail though is ’cause I subscribed to your blog awhile back and always loved getting all the new recipes and such, and as of late I haven’t received anything, I checked my spam and nothing there either, so I had to Google your blog and tried to subscribe again but was told I’m already in, can you please check as to why I’m not getting updates, I really love your blog and was very disappointed in not getting any updates.
    Many Thanks,Danae.

  • Usually I check in with you to see what great new recipes you have. The salads look delicious, and like you, I have overindulged a bit and these salads look like just the thing to get me back on track. Please let George know that while the recipes are great, his vacation photos are spectacular!! Hope you had a wonderful time.

    p.s. the Chicago “El” is sort for elevated. While I have never used their mass transit system, it is just like the subway system in NYC where I am originally from.

  • I always love your salads, Chris! Thanks for the delicious round up! We’re heading to Chicago in a few weeks and I’ve always wanted to the architectural boat tour…fingers crossed for good weather!

  • So glad Scott takes his camera along on your trips. Looks like a great time, but I’m always happy to be back in my own bed too. Thanks for the inspiring fall salads. Each one looks delicious and I am looking forward tothe fresh crop of Georgia pecans for salads .

  • First of all lovely recipes which I’m sure I will enjoy. Next how wonderful to spend time with your adorable sister. The photos are perfect as always. Thank you for showing us your life through your recipes and photos xoxo

  • all your salad recipes are great, i hope i can slowly try each one of them in my own kitchen . You and your sisters looking beautiful, chris i hv to tell you that you are a very modern looking grandma..! never been to chicago, infact nvr been to the usa, hopefully it wont take me long to visit your country

  • I’m one of the people who wrote about that salad! My family loved it!

    Back when the old Ryman had been closed about a week, we visited Nashville and went to Opryland. The next day we drove by the old Ryman and stopped and walked around. The security guard came out and we got to talking and he gave us a tour of the building. It was SO cool. On the stage, the dressing rooms, everything. Great memory. It’s nice to know everyone can visit.

    Summer’s nearly here and that means salads to me.

  • What a fun trip Chris, looks like you all had a blast! As for the salads, I’ll have the one with bacon please:@)

  • It looks like you had such a great time visiting your sisters. We,’re 3 girls in my house too. Lots of great nutritional recipes, full of flavor, color and texture. As always Scott great pics. Thanks for sharing Chris.

  • I immediately “pinned” the salad recipes; they all sound great. It looks as if you had a great time with your sister. A year ago, my sister and I took our first trip to Chicago. We had great meals at Topolobampo, Next, and a seafood restaurant that I can’t recall the name of. We took the architectural cruise, and LOVED it. I long to go back to Chicago.

  • You and your sisters are so beautiful!!! And Marlene’s table is just gorgeous. I especially like your shot of the Chicago rover with all the skyscrapers on either side, kind of ironic to have pretty nature and huge skyscrpers together so close! Your cornfield with the white fence is also so pretty, looks like around here. The salads are brilliant. and I men that both ways: in concept and beauty.

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