Here is a great recipe that uses many of the fall veggies that are being harvested right now and combines them into a dish that is both healthy and delicious. This salad from Good Housekeeping uses some of those “super foods” (think avocado) that are being touted as the secret to good health and a slim waistline. And because the dressing is home made and free of any the preservatives you find in the ones sold in grocery stores, this salad is perfect for serving for lunch or even a light supper.
1 1/2 c.avocado
3/4 c.thinly sliced carrots
3/4 c.chopped cooked butternut squash
1/2 c.sliced apple
1/2 c.sliced bell pepper
1/4 c.extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp.Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp.Kosher salt
1/2 tsp.Freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp.lemon (or lime) juice
1 tbsp.vinegar (red wine, sherry, champagne, cider or white balsamic)
1 finely chopped small shallot (or garlic clove or green onion)
In a large bowl, combine arugula, kale, avocado, carrots, butternut squash, apple, bell pepper, and salami.
Whisk olive oil, Dijon, sugar, salt, and pepper with lemon juice, vinegar, and shallot. (Makes about 2/3 c.)
Add just enough vinaigrette to salad to lightly coat, tossing. Garnish with croutons.