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.
Apples: Jazz, Envy, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Opal, Red Delicious
Pears: Bartlett, Starkrimson, Bosc & Hosui Asian
Figs: Black Mission & Green
Grapes: red, green & black
Onions: Red, Sweet, Yellow & white
Kale: Dino, Curly, Purple Russian
Sweet Potatoes: Garnett, Japanese, Purple
Cabbages: Red & Green
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.
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.
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.
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.