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3 Fall Salads that Capture the Essence of Autumn

Jessica N November 09, 2022

If you love fall produce, stop right here; this is the post for you. These 3 recipes for fall salads utilize the best of the best fall produce when it's in peak season, and are designed to be hearty enough to stand alone as a meal. 

First, let's talk about what's in-season during the fall months. 

In-Season Fall Produce

In the fall months, from about late-September through early-December, some of the most delicious fruits and vegetables become ready for harvest. Many people many not realize, but there is an abundance of fresh fruit ripening as the weather cools, and many of the vegetables we love—particularly those in the cruciferous family—need cooler temps to develop their flavors. It's all enough to give summer a run for its money. Here's a list of many of the fresh items that we source in autumn at Farmstead. However, please note that this is not an exhaustive list. We work hard to bring in whatever is fresh and looks great from our local suppliers, so exact availability can change. 

Fall Fruits

Apples: Jazz, Envy, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Opal, Red Delicious
Pears: Bartlett, Starkrimson, Bosc & Hosui Asian
Figs: Black Mission & Green
Persimmon, Fuyu
Jujube
Pomegranate
Grapes: red, green & black
Pecans
Walnuts

Fall Vegetables

Broccoli
Cauliflower
Romanesco Broccoli
Collards
Leeks
Shallots
Onions: Red, Sweet, Yellow & white
Kale: Dino, Curly, Purple Russian
Sweet Potatoes: Garnett, Japanese, Purple
Pumpkins
Spaghetti Squash
Honeynut Squash
Butternut Squash
Acorn Squash
Kombocha Squash
Delicata Squash
Head Lettuces
Arugula
Spinach
Radishes
Beets
Carrots
Turnips
Rutabegas
Parsnips
Cabbages: Red & Green
Brussels Sprouts

That's a lot, right? Buying produce from big box stores, where products are sourced from all over the world so they are available year-round, it can be easy to forget what the natural season is for produce. So for example, if you're buying organic broccoli in the fall, there's a great chance that the produce you're purchasing is grown locally, and closer to home. However, if you're purchasing organic broccoli in mid-July, it's quite probable that broccoli is traveling much further to reach your plate. 

If you're committed to eating locally, it's best to familiarize yourself with what is in peak season and choose those items when they're most abundant. Not only will they cost less, but they'll have a smaller carbon footprint. 

Now onto the recipes!

All of these recipes were created to stand alone as a hearty meal. However, if you're craving extra protein on your plate you can add whatever tickles your fancy: grilled chicken, salmon, tofu, bacon, etc.

Persimmon Fall Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

We love a persimmon. The bright orange color screams autumn! In this simple salad, the prep is so low you might be finished in 15 minutes or less.

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Apple & Roasted Butternut Squash Fall Salad

The salad for people with a sweet tooth, but make it healthy. We love this apple, butternut, and maple combination. 

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts & Kale Fall Salad

Think you don't like kale salads? Think again! We massage our dressing into the kale in this recipe, changing its texture, and making it much easier to chew and enjoy your dark leafy greens.

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Shop Farmstead Grocery Delivery for Fall Ingredients

All year long you can count on Farmstead to source in-season produce that is locally grown, and at its peak freshness. Shop our aisle for everything you need to make any of these salads. We'll have all the ingredients delivered to your door in just hours with no fees ever. Plus, if you're a first-time Farmstead customer you'll get a sweet discount: $30 off your order of $70+, and a free gift on top of that. 

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