Get all the amazing, healthy flavors of fall in one beautiful bowl when you enjoy my Autumn Harvest Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette. When I say that I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for WEEKS, it’s the completely embarrassing truth. But life happens, and I mean that in a really good way.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of helping my friends at Footprints Farm with their Meet the Meat Tour and Tasting. Where local people toured their amazing organic pasture based farm, meeting all the animals then sampled all that their farm has to offer in a tasting.
Chicken Bone Broth, Deviled Pastured Eggs, Sausage Gravy and Biscuits and Grilled Pastured Turkey were also on the tasting menu, in addition to the Autumn Harvest Salad – PLUS at each station through out the farm we served samples of Gyro Lamb Meatballs, Bacon (BLT) bites and baked Chicken legs & thighs.
If you were one of the folks who joined us (and begged for my Autumn Harvest Salad recipe) the day has finally come. So many people commented that this was the very best salad they ever ate, so of course I HAD to share it with all of you too!
It’s alway awkward when you ‘take an unintentional break from blogging’ and try to get back into the swing of things. When you don’t have a boss or strict deadlines/requirements, it’s both a blessing and a curse.
I don’t know why I’m in such a funk right now, but when our bodies and minds need us to slow down, it’s healthy to listen. And that’s where I am currently.
I recognize that I can’t do it all, so right now I’m spending most of my time focusing on other things…other things that my heart wants to pursue.
Photography is HUGE for me right now trying to improve my basic skills for lifestyle photography. I’ve far from mastered food photography but I’ve got a firm grasp on it and am comfortable with where my skills for now.. but I’ve been finding myself more frustrated with not being CONFIDENT with lifestyle photography (i.e. people).
It’s completely ridiculous that I have one of the very best cameras, yet struggle to take consistently good photos of our friends/kids. After returning form the Women’s Photography Confidence Workshop in Dallas, Tx (hosted by the AH-MAZING MeRa & Brian) — I’m literally photography obsessed.
And I’m kinda obsessed with them too.
If you are are looking to improve your photography skills or just getting started with taking prettier pictures, why not join me for the weekend at MeRa & Brian’s upcoming January 2018 3-Day Winter Wonderland Photography Workshop and Creative Retreat in Park City, Utah??
In addition to helping with the tasting portion of Meet the Meats, I was also eager to showcase all the new confidence I gained at the conference.
This is the first photo (above) that I’ve ever taken that completely captured everything I wanted it to. No only is it showing the beautiful golden hour over Footprints Farm, but it also tells a story. This is the story of Hannah. In her mismatched clothes, captivating-outgoing personality and constant movement.
This makes my heart happy.
Another thing that I am starting to do more often, is taking photos of families whenever I have my camera with me. Too often Mom’s behind the camera and let’s face it, even though all of our cell phones are filled with photos, rarely do we take the time to have a great family photo taken with a real camera!
Here’s a few more fun photos I captured during Meet the Meats…
Much like my Salads Without Grain ebook (where I share all of my regular salad creations), I’m not going to give you a salad recipe, but salad inspiration and a dressing recipe.
Who actually measures out a salad when they are making it?
Ok, I guess if you’re counting macros/logging your food and NEED to be very specific, weighing and measuring CAN be beneficial… BUT really.. outside of that, nobody.
We all just ‘make a salad’ tossing together more of what we like and less of what we don’t.
Pairing the more bitter dark fall greens with sweet roasted root vegetables and crisp apples, crunchy nuts and creamy feta cheese will keep you coming back for more. To make a complete meal top it with shredded chicken/turkey or roasted pork (shown in my feature image at the very top of my this post).
Maple Dijon Dressing
Harvest Salad Options
- Kale or other fall greens torn into bite sized pieces
- roasted root vegetables beets, carrots, sweet potatoes or squash
- dried cranberries
- walnuts or pecans
- crumbled feta cheese
- fall apples or pears
- For the dressing, combine all ingredients and mix well. Optionally you can blend everything in your blender, if desired.
- Create your own personal autumn harvest salad and toss with Maple Dijon Dressing. Enjoy!