Fall Fest: Autumn Salads

by Jennifer Iannolo

Salads aren’t typically the first things that come to mind when we think of autumn, but fortunately for our palates, this is is one of the most delicious times of year to put together a salad with flavors very different from those of summer.

Our recipe for this week’s Fall Fest is a favorite of ours, and is featured in our Gilded Fork: Entertaining at Home Cookbook. It pulls together some of our most sumptuous flavors: figs, chèvre, radicchio, candied pecans, honey and port wine to warm the tummy.

We invite you to tickle your senses with this crunchy, sweet and tart bowl of deliciousness.

FEATURED RECIPE
Red & White Salad with Candied Pecans, Figs and Chevre

Photo: Jaden Hair

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Here’s what our other Fall Fest friends have come up with for autumn salads this week. Go take a peek and leave a comment or recipe. You can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #fallfood.

Margaret Roach: A Way to Garden
Why beets make the fall salad

Alison: Food2
Fall Salads Deconstructed

Cooking Channel
5 Fab Fall Salads

Healthy Eats: Food Network
5 Favorite Fall Salads

Caron Golden: San Diego Foodstuff
Wheat Berry Salad with Apples and Pomegranate Seeds
@carondg

Nicole: Pinch My Salt
Spinach Pomegranate Salad with Apples & Walnuts
@pinchmysalt

Caroline Wright: The Wright Recipes
Salt-Roasted Beet & Potato Salad
@chefcaroline

Alana Chernila: Eating From the Ground Up
Kale Salad
@edability

Todd & Diane: White on Rice Couple
Arugula, Bacon & Fig Salad
@whiteonrice

Paige: The Sister Project
The chopped salad that’s also an hors d’oeuvre

Cate: Sweetnicks
Bleu Cheese & Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing

Fall Fest 2010HOW YOU CAN JOIN IN FALL FEST:
Each Wednesday for the rest of the fall, a group of blogging friends including those above will swap our recipes and tips about the following harvest-fresh ingredients. Here’s the schedule:

9/22 Spinach
9/29 Apples
10/6 Fall Salads
10/13 Pumpkin & Winter Squash
10/20 Pears
10/27 “Mad Stash”, aka what you’re canning, preserving, freezing for winter
11/3 Root Vegetables
11/10 Brassicas

We each post something and then link to one another, so that you can travel around the combined effort, gathering the goodies. Sharing makes the experience even better, so if you have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes, you can do either of the following:

  • Leave a comment on participating blogs with a link to your recipe/tip
  • Publish a post of your own, and grab the juicy Fall Fest 2010 badge (illustrated by Matt Armendariz of Mattbites)

We hope to see you in the kitchen!

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