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 reviews!
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 - 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 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 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.
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!