Fall Salad with Creamy Pumpkin Balsamic Vinaigrette

Fall Salad with Creamy Pumpkin Balsamic Vinaigrette

Fall Salad with Creamy Pumpkin Balsamic Vinaigrette
While I love the fresh greens and pears that are in season this time of year, the amazing salad dressing is the star of this recipe. It is spiced with one of our favorite fall seasonings-pumpkin pie spice. Tossed with some toasted pumpkin seeds and pecans, mixed greens, some blue cheese and sweet crunchy pears, this salad will wow not only your family but anyone that is lucky enough to taste it.
    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    10-15minutes
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    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    10-15minutes
    Meal Plan
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    Ingredients
    • 2tablespoon pumpkin seed kernels
    • 1/2cup chopped pecans
    • 1 bag of arugula
    • 2 ripe pears, cut into thin wedges
    • 1 small red onion, cut in half and sliced into thin slivers
    • 1/2cup blue cheese, crumbled **
    • 1/2cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/4cup balsamic vinegar (use a good quality one)
    • 1/4cup plain Greek yogurt
    • 1tablespoon honey or agave syrup
    • 1teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
    Instructions
    1. Heat a flat skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pecans and pumpkin seeds and toast until golden brown stirring to make sure not to burn them. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to assemble salad.
    2. Place arugula in a salad bowl, top with the pear wedges, onion slices, blue cheese and toasted pecans and pumpkin seeds. Serve with creamy pumpkin balsamic vinaigrette (reserve any extra dressing for another time).
    3. To make the salad dressing: Place the olive oil and the remaining ingredients (through salt and pepper) in a jar with a lid. Place lid on tightly and shake jar until ingredients are combined well and olive oil is emulsified.
    Recipe Notes

    When the focus is the dressing, it is easy to pick and choose what lettuces, fruits, vegetables, cheeses and nuts you are in the mood for. Try a mix of lettuces or spinach if arugula is not your thing. Itβ€˜s pretty yummy without any cheeses, walnuts pair well with pumpkin spices, and grapes are a good substitute to the pears.

    Here is my recipe for pumpkin pie spice:

    3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    2 teaspoons ground ginger
    2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

    Mix all together and store in airtight container or old spice jar. Voila!

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