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.

Red & White Salad with Candied Pecans, Figs and Chevre

Photo: Jaden Hair

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

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

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

Alana Chernila: Eating From the Ground Up
Kale Salad

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

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

Cate: Sweetnicks
Bleu Cheese & Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing

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!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie Church October 6, 2010 at 7:16 am

Here is one of my favorite fall salads.

Here is one of my favorite fall salads.

Apple-Pear Salad


1 (16 oz.) package Romaine lettuce, washed and broken into bite-size pieces
1 (6 oz.) block Swiss cheese, grated
1 C cashews
1/2 C sweetened dried cranberries
1 large apple, chopped and rinsed in lemon water to keep from turning brown
1 large pear, chopped and rinsed in lemon water to keep from turning brown
Poppy Seed Salad Dressing (recipe below)


Toss together all ingredients in a large bowl. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Poppy Seed Salad Dressing


1/2 C sugar
2/3 C oil
1/4 C vinegar
1 t mustard
1 t salt
1-2 t poppy seeds


Place in jar and shake to combine.

sandhya@vegetarianirvana October 6, 2010 at 9:21 am

Here are some ideas for make ahead salad toppings

Ranjani October 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

Looks good, and very different than salads I have made in the past. Thanks for the recipe.
This week I made a beet and apple salad:

Purple Cook October 6, 2010 at 10:36 am

For Fall Fest:
This simple Arugula and Mustard Salad captures the taste of fall.

Kathleen October 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Beautiful salad and the different flavors sound luscious. My contribution is one of all time favorite salads that I first enjoyed in Paris.

Rachel October 6, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I love adding cheese and nuts to salads! For this week’s fall fest I made
Fall Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Stilton

This is my first submission for Fall Fest. On twitter I’m @wildhoney

Julie @ The Avocado Pit October 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Your salad looks beautiful!
To capture the tastes of autumn i made an Endive, Apple, & WAlnut salad. You can see the recipe here….http://theavocadopit.blogspot.com/2010/10/endive-apple-walnut-salad.html

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 7, 2010 at 11:41 am
napa farmhouse 1885/diane October 9, 2010 at 11:41 pm

i am so late to the party, but i posted a recipe for roasted beet, fig and orange salad. the figs and oranges are roasted too… http://napafarmhouse1885.blogspot.com/2010/10/have-you-ever-roasted-oranges-and.html

Briana October 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Please try out my harvest orzo salad for a healthy and hearty fall entertaining dish: http://kitchenjourneys.com/2010/10/12/harvest-orzo-salad/

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