Apple Autumn Salad

Apples & Butternut Squash & Dried Cherries OH MY!

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Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean fruit has to disappear from your bed of greens! Apples add the perfect crunch to an autumn salad. This salad packs double the apple power with an apple cider vinegar dressing that pairs perfectly.

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I am making this salad for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) next week. Apples are of course the quintessential ingredient. I am going a little apple crazy and what I am calling “modern traditional” for my menu. I am upgrading the classics with Braised Chicken with Apples & Sage (+ white meat), Roasted Squash with Apple Salsa from Love & Lemons, and Pomegranate Roasted Carrots and then of course there will be a Brisket, Matzoh Ball Soup, and maybe a Kugel. Dessert is still up in the air, any suggestions? For those who are celebrating, what are you making?!

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Apple Autumn Salad

  • Servings: 2 servings
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Apples, & Butternut Squash, & Dried Cherries Oh My!

Ingredients

  • Butternut Squash
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 apple sliced or chopped
  • 2 cups of arugula
  • 2 TBSP dried cherries
  • 2 TBSP pepitas
  • Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • (apple cider vinegar, olive oil, lemon, garlic, honey)
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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  2. Slice the squash in half length wise.
  3. Scoop out the seeds.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and place rosemary on top.
  5. Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  6. When the butternut squash is cooked, remove the skin and cut into cubes.
  7. Make the apple cider vinaigrette
  8. Assemble the salad. Add squash, apples, dried cherries, and pepitas to a bed of arugula. Drizzle with 1-2 tbsp of the vinaigrette.
  9. Enjoy

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Also, this plate is so pretty.. had to eat the salad to show you!

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Notes: To see my feeling on cutting butternut squash look here. (I got this one for free so clearly I was going to use it!) Interestingly, if you cook it with the skin on, the skin to just peels right off which saves you a lot of time instead of cutting off the skin raw.

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Also,  you will have a lot of extra squash. You can either make this salad over and over and eat it all week (like me), or try any of these butternut squash recipes! Butternut Squash & Mushrrom Farro Risotto, Butternut Squash & Pear Pizza, or Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts

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Cherry Blueberry Salsa & Swordfish

Taking the vibrant colors I was talking about the other day to the next level today by adding purple potatoes! Growing up my favorite color was always purple so this dish reminds me of my purple painted walls in my bedroom.

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Cherry Blueberry Salsa & Swordfish

  • Servings: 1 serving
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Purple Power

Ingredients

  • 1 4-6 oz piece of swordfish
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3-4 small purple potatoes
  • 1 pat of salted butter
  • 1 serving of cherry blueberry salsa

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a glass pyrex dish with cooking spray.
  3. Place the swordfish in the pan.
  4. Pour the lemon juice over the swordfish.
  5. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes, the internal temperature should be 145 degrees.
  6. Meanwhile, scrub the potatoes and poke holes.
  7. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and place the potatoes into the pot. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  8. Drain the water from the pot. Use a fork to match the potatoes. Add the pat of butter.
  9. To assemble the dish, add potatoes to plate and place the piece of swordfish on top. Add the cherry blueberry salsa on top of the fish.
  10. Enjoy warm.

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Cherry Blueberry Fruit Salsa

Are you surprised? Another fruit salsa! Summer fruit salsas just make me happy! And the vibrant colors just make for beautiful photos.

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Check back tomorrow for the perfect pairing for this sweet salsa.

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Cherry Blueberry Fruit Salsa

  • Servings: 2-4
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summer fruit salsas just make me happy

Ingredients

    – 1 cup cherries, pits removed – 1 cup blueberries,

  • 2 TBSP red onion
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced

Directions

  1. Remove pits from cherries.
  2. Add cherries, blueberries, red onion and cilantro to a bowl.
  3. Juice the two limes.
  4. Pour the lime juice over the fruit and mix together until incorporated.
  5. Serve with (tomorrow’s recipe!)

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Like I said I have made quite a few fruit salsas… do you have a favorite?

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Cherry Blueberry Salsa

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Apricot Strawberry Avocado Salsa

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Pomegranate Cranberry Fruit Salsa

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Mango Guacamole 

Cherry & Grilled Corn Salad

How do you feel about herbs in your salad? Sometimes I am cool with it sometimes it a little too much. In today’s salad, I feel like I got a good proportion down… 2 cups lettuce 2 tbsp herbs.

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Sometimes, I create a dish and I am like this is delicious. But that’s about all I have to say. This one one of those times. Help! writers block.

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Now that I am more than 6 months in. I am trying to learn more techniques behind blogging and photography. Lately, I have been trying to understand lighting. I have mostly used natural light but I am trying to understand where to place extra light in order to enhance the photo without adding shadows. (I have always had this issue with a shadow on the bottom right corner that I can’t seem to eliminate). Anyone have good resources, let me know!

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Cherry & Grilled Corn Salad

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Celebrate the best of summer with this cherry & grilled corn salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup grilled corn, cut off the cob
  • 8 cherries, halved, pits removed
  • 1/4 of an avocado, sliced
  • 2 cups of Arugula
  • 2 TBSP cilantro
  • 2 TBSP feta
  • 2 TBSP Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Directions

  1. Grill a piece of corn on the cobb outside or on a grill corn.
  2. Slice cherries in half remove the pit.
  3. Slice avocado
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the arugula and cilantro.
  5. Cut the corn off the cob.
  6. Add the corn, cherries, avocado, and feta to the salad bowl.
  7. Add the dressing (see recipe below)

I shared the Honey Lime Vinaigrette recipe with my Blueberry, Feta, and Mint Salad with Salmon.

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who doesn’t love “things organized neatly”

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Cherry Acai Bowl

Acai has been praised has a superfood, packed with antioxidants, polyphenols, and flavanoids. However, Acai has been found to have no more nutritional benefits than similar fruits like blueberries. Acai do however have mono and polyunsaturated fats which makes them more filling than traditional fruits. And regardless of all that they are delicious!

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Acai is perfect to continue to celebrate the Rio Olympics because the berry is harvested from the rain forests of Brazil and is unique to that habitat. I heard they even have an Acai bowl station at the Olympics!

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I first had an Acai bowl when I visited San Diego and fell in love with the delicious flavor (and eating outside in February). Slowly but surely, Acai bowls made their way to the east coast and now you can find Acai frozen packets at the grocery store! So now you make your very own Acai bowl no matter where you live! I served mine in a hollowed out watermelon after all my watermelon recipes!

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Cherry Acai Bowl

Summer in a bowl!

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of Sambazon Acai (100g)
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/4 cup of vanilla soy milk
  • fruit for topping, (cherries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)
  • empty watermelon rind

Directions

  1. Run the acai packet under warm water, until the acai breaks up a little.
  2. Add the acai, frozen cherries, and soy milk into a blender/food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Pour into a bowl.
  4. Add fruit as you wish!

I used these individual packets from Sambazon and found them at Yes! Organic Markets! 

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Black Cherry Greek Yogurt Nutella Popsicles

Who else is mesmerized by the Olympics? I cannot get enough of any and all of the events but especially women’s gymnastics. I see those commercials about kids getting involved in USA Gymnastics and I am like yes sign me up! I want to be an Olympian.

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My Olympic dream began in 1996, I was 7 and appropriately, I was obsessed with the Magnificent 7. I begged my mom for the Dominique Moceanu book from the Scholastic Book Fair but definitely didn’t want any part in Kerry Strug’s haircut. I took gym and dance but to be honest gymnastics wasn’t my thing. I lacked upper body strength and overall coordination. I never made it past the standing back bend.

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Even still, since then, I have always been obsessed with Women’s Gymnastics and never will give up the #dream

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Since Chobani fuels the US Olympic team, I thought it was quite fitting to share a Chobani based recipe. And this recipe only has 2 ingredients which is perfect since if you are like me all your time is consumed with watching as many events as you can.

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Black Cherry Greek Yogurt Nutella Popsicles

  • Servings: 4-6 popsicles
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The easiest two ingredient Popsicle!

Ingredients

  • 4-6 6oz Chobani Black Cherry Greek Yogurts
  • 8-18 tsp of Nutella or Trader Joes Cocoa Almond Spread

Directions

  1. Each Popsicle uses about 1 6oz cup of yogurt and 2-3 tsp of Nutella. Depending on how many Popsicles you would like to make depends on the amount of yogurt and Nutella you will need.
  2. Make sure to mix the yogurt cup to evenly spread the black cherry on the bottom.
  3. Layer the Popsicle molds with yogurt and teaspoons of Nutella. There is really no science to this just do what looks good to you!
  4. Fill the mold to the top and place them in the freezer overnight.
  5. To remove the Popsicle from the mold, run under hot water for a few minutes.

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The Final Five call me!

What’s your favorite Olympic sport?

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