This meal is seriously mouth-watering. Take one peek at the menu image for this meal, and you are hooked. It's a fall salad recipe, and that's exciting! Fall food is what makes the colder weather somewhat bearable (for those of us who dread the cold months).
This salad is all about fall flavours. It incorporates maple, cinnamon, and balsamic, which are must-haves in any fall salad. It also features pears, brussels sprouts, and beets which are all fall crops. Finally, we added grains so that it is a heartier meal to keep us going and motivated on those winter afternoons.
If you have been a fan of Inspired Go for a full year, you know that the Autumn Harvest Salad is back by popular demand. Only our very best salad recipes get brought back onto the menu. Like many of the salad recipes on our menu, this one is seasonal, which means it won't be around for long. Order it now to enjoy its seasonal taste profile!
Taste and Nutrition in One Meal
Taste and nutrition don't always go hand in hand, but they should. One of the boastful qualities of the Autumn Harvest Salad is that taste and nutrition do go and in hand! The taste of the tangy roasted Brussels sprouts is contrasted with the sweet roasted beets. Not only is this the perfect complimentary combination, but it is also the pairing of two of the healthiest vegetables - in one meal!
Brussels sprouts are carotenoids, which help promote healthy vision, and may have cancer-fighting properties. These cruciferous veggies are also said to help regulate blood sugar and reduce inflammation.
Beetroots are a versatile vegetable. They are low in calories yet high in valuable vitamins and minerals. In fact, they contain a bit of almost all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs and can aid in heart, digestive, and brain performance.
The combination of ingredients in this fall recipe means that this salad is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals like iron, potassium, and Vitamin C. It has 10g of fibre and 12g of protein. The addition of quinoa means you are left feeling full and satisfied and won't be reaching for a snack later in the day. Quinoa is a wheat and gluten-free grain that contains all the essential amino acids our bodies need. It’s also another good source of dietary fibre, protein, and B and E vitamins. But that’s not all, it is also packed with key minerals like iron, phosphorous, copper, magnesium and zinc.
The Autumn Harvest Salad Ingredients
Being able to close your eyes and feel comforted by the taste and smell of autumn food means that every single ingredient must represent the season. We infused some fall flavours and texture into the seed mix by slowly roasting them with maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon. We stuck to the roasted theme when we decided to slow roast and char the Brussels sprouts and beet to bring out their flavour and give the salad depth.
A fresh burst of flavour is added with the crunchy fresh seasonal pears, dried cranberries, and our house made candied super seed blend. This keeps the meal light and airy while still being hearty and filling with the addition of the filling vegetables and a mix of quinoa. A touch of spiciness is added with the arugula leaves to top it all off - a well balanced fall must!
Spotlight on the Salad Dressing
The salad dressing always deserves a whole section of its own. It's like its own mini recipe that pulls the whole big recipe together. When it comes to fall recipes, you can't look much further than a mix of apple cider vinegar and balsamic. We developed this apple cider vinaigrette after a lot of tastings and product testing. We wanted the blend to be perfect.
The Autumn Harvest Salad dressing features apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and honey. There is just something about an apple cider vinaigrette recipe in combination with pears and dried cranberries that is irresistible. The taste profile is bright and adds a tangy pop of flavour that brings these sweet ingredients to life.
What are you Waiting For?
Your still reading!? Stop doing yourself an injustice and go order the Autumn Harvest Salad already. Seriously, take advantage of this delicious recipe - it’s not only tasty, it is also packed with food that is good for you. This salad is exactly what you need to get you through the chilly months ahead!
You can order this meal ready-to-eat from inspiredgo.ca. We will deliver it directly to your doorstep, and it will last in your fridge all week long. Check out some of our other seasonal recipes, like the Apple Granola Salad!