The arrival of autumn calls for a delightful mix of flavors that captures the essence of the season. Introducing the colorful masterpiece – Autumn Harvest Honeycrisp Apple and Feta Salad. This salad combines the best fall produce, creating a medley of tastes that is sure to please your palate. With spicy baby arugula, juicy Honeycrisp apples, succulent pomegranates, candied nuts, and crispy prosciutto, all tossed in a tangy apple cider vinaigrette, this salad embodies the spirit of autumn – healthy, simple, and oh-so delicious.
A Celebration of Fall
As the official start of autumn approaches, it’s time to embrace the cozy vibes and indulge in the bounties of the season. The leaves are reaching their peak and the cool air brings a sense of comfort. Although some may not be ready for snow just yet, the enchanting ambiance of fall is undeniably exciting.
The Perfect Combination
This salad is the epitome of a well-balanced dish. We wanted it to be vibrant, flavorful, and offer a satisfying crunch. So we added two of our favorite ingredients – candied nuts and crispy prosciutto. Start by tossing pecans and pumpkin seeds with maple syrup, cinnamon, and cayenne. As they toast in the oven, the prosciutto becomes delightfully crispy.
While the nuts and seeds are toasting, prepare the salad. We used fresh and spicy arugula, but if you’re not a fan of its peppery taste, try using kale. Remember to massage the kale with olive oil and salt for extra flavor. Combine the greens with thin slices of Honeycrisp apples, pomegranate arils, and avocado.
The Star of the Show – The Vinaigrette
The vinaigrette is the heart of this salad. It brings together the flavors in a delightful and harmonious way. Our vinaigrette consists of oil, apple vinegar, creamy dijon, sweet apple butter, thyme, and sage. This warm, sweet, and slightly spicy dressing complements the salad perfectly and takes just moments to prepare.
Once the nuts and seeds are roasted to perfection, toss the salad with the vinaigrette. Add the crunchy nuts, crispy prosciutto, and generous amounts of feta cheese. Serve it up and enjoy! Not only is this salad visually appealing, but it also combines sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors that perfectly capture the essence of autumn.
Versatility and Delight
This salad is a versatile delight that is perfect for any occasion, from simple family dinners to festive Thanksgiving feasts. Its vibrant colors and medley of autumn flavors make it a true crowd-pleaser.
Looking for more fall salad inspiration? Consider trying out these other incredible recipes:
- Fall Harvest Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad
- Shredded Brussels Sprout Bacon Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette
- Pomegranate Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts
Finally, if you decide to create this Autumn Harvest Honeycrisp Apple and Feta Salad, we would love to hear about your experience! Leave a comment and a rating to let us know how it turned out. Don’t forget to share your creations on Instagram and tag us at BDK Restaurant. We can’t wait to see your culinary masterpieces!
Watch the video tutorial here to see how it all comes together!