It’s gonna be a bold statement, but I’m gonna make it anyways: the answer to everything, is this salad.
It’s not even an exaggeration.
Have a busy week ahead? Make this salad.
Not sure what to make? Make this salad.
Have a party to take a dish to? Take this salad.
Trying to feed some pickier eaters and convince them they do like healthy food? Make this salad.
It’s a salad you won’t be able to quit…..but why would you ever want to?
It’s got all the things: great lettuce, the amazing basil dressing (that goes great on anything else in your fridge, so I always double it), the herbs, the crunchy sweet potatoes, a hint of something sweet, the crunchy pumpkin seeds, and the creamy hint of cheese (if using).
It’s magical. Ready for it?
The Fall Salad You Won’t Be Able to Quit
Makes 2 large servings or 4 side servings
Notes: The dressing and sweet potatoes can be prepped ahead of time for easy assembly. Add avocado and cheese right before serving.
1 large or 2 small heads butter lettuce
1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes or yams, chopped into ½ inch cubes
1 small green apple, chopped into ½ inch cubes
1 avocado, cubed
¼ cup chopped fresh herbs like chives, dill and/or basil
sprinkle of toasted pumpkin seeds (optional, if it’s fall when you’re making this, the TJ’s pumpkin seeds are to die for in this recipe!)
crumbled goat or feta cheese (optional)
½ cup olive oil
2-3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 cup basil leaves
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon pepper
(Can be done ahead of time): Preheat the oven to 400ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the sweet potato into cubes, toss with olive oil and sea salt and bake for 30 minutes until you can easily poke them with a fork. Remove and let cool.
Meanwhile, or when ready to serve, blend all dressing ingredients together. Add the rest of the salad ingredients to a serving bowl. Toss with dressing and sprinkle with extra chopped herbs to serve.
Ok, now you tell me…. right?! Right. If you make this, come tell me below how it went for you!
Love this recipe? Check out this post on 5 healthy recipes that even picky eaters will love here (and how to get your family to eat healthier in the process).
And if you need a little more inspiration , grab these free 23 meal ideas you can make with mostly pantry staples, or checkout the Easiest Dinner Only Meal Plan here.