I look forward to the flavors of fall, basically, all year. Everyone goes wild for anything pumpkin when Autumn rolls around, but there are so many other amazing flavors that are utilized this time of year from apple-cinnamon, to cranberry, to even the use of different squashes or fruits and vegetables in season. A falling leaf may be summer’s wave goodbye, but it also means a wave hello to pumpkin desserts and hearty meals.
One of my favorite fruits in season during this time are pears. My roommates mom brought us Harry & David pears which are like the Mercedes of pears in my eyes, which I have been thoroughly enjoying this week. I’m a huge fan of just plain, sliced pairs on their own, but I also think they are great when mixed into a dish.
Pears can be utilized somewhat the same as apples when it comes to dishes. Some ideas to consider if you have pears on hand: adding pear to a gourmet grilled cheese, utilizing pear in different desserts, or even adding pear to to a crostini appetizer. Most pears start becoming in season in September and there are so many different kinds making them fun to experiment with.
Utilizing the ingredients that I had at home and the tasty spotlight ingredient of pears, I decided to make a Fall Salad with Maple Vinaigrette. Check out the recipe below!:
Fall Salad with Maple Vinaigrette:
Salad & Toppings:
- Mixed Greens
- Crumbled Blue Cheese
- Diced Pear
- Candied Walnuts
- Dried Cranberries
Dressing: [~2 Servings]
- 2 Tbsp. Light Mayo
- 2 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
- 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. Light Olive Oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mix dressing together either in blender or with a whisk. Make salad by taking desired amount of mixed greens and finishing off with equal amounts of toppings. Pour dressing over, mix, and serve.
Dressing adapted from: Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Have a sweet day!