The Perfect Fall Harvest Salad For Pizza Night

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Do you have pizza on the brain as much as we do lately?

Maybe it’s something in the air! Maybe it’s the perfect combination of cheese, crust and sauce. Or maybe it’s back to school time and all that accompanies these hectic weeks/months. Meal planning. Quick weeknight dinners. Friday night dinner as the first time all four of us are home for dinner? Yeah, that could be it! I am a Red Baroness! How do I know this? My kids tell me. I tell myself. Red Baron is a great pizza for our pizza night. It’s easy to get at Walmart, and the taste is fantastic for my kids (and their parents too). That’s why I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you about this opportunity to win exciting prizes!

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When I was a kid, we’d have our pizza night on Fridays. Now, as my daughter says, “Friday is pizza lunch at school!” She wants pizza night to be special, so it’s Sunday nights. That’s when the Red Baron takes on the form of a wingmom (ME) for dealing with mealtime chaos. Are you a Red Baroness too? It means we’ve seen it all and we meet our toughest challenges and raise them. I turn mealtime into family time with Red Baron® Classic 4 Cheese and Red Baron® Pepperoni Pizza.

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It means I head to Walmart to find my kids’ favorite pizzas.

Then we plan our family pizza night! For this time of year, a family favorite is a fresh fall harvest salad. I’m talking crisp apples, roasted butternut squash, homemade spiced pecans, and homemade maple cider vinaigrette. You can add Parmesan and pepitas, and just all around enjoy all of these amazing flavors together. It was the first salad that Scarlet loved.

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It’s also the perfect complement to a fall/winter pizza night. Just think of it. Everyone is gathering together after various weekday or weekend activities. Everyone is HUNGRY. You, the Red Baroness, have the greatest idea for dinner:

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Fall Harvest Salad With Spiced Pecans & Maple Cider Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

Fall Harvest Salad With Spiced Pecans & Maple Cider Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  1. For the Salad:
  2. 1 pound butternut squash, cubed
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 2 cups arugula and mixed greens of choice
  5. 1 medium apple, sliced
  6. 1/2 cup dried cherries or craisins
  7. 1/2 cup toasted pepitas, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
  8. Salt & Pepper
  9. For the Maple Cider Vinaigrette: (whisk together)
  10. 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  11. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  12. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  13. 2/3 cup olive oil
  14. Salt and pepper
  15. For the spiced pecans (recommended to make before)
  16. Salt & Pepper
  17. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  18. 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
  19. 1-2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  20. 6 cups pecans
  21. 4 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  • Recommended: make the spiced pecans at a different time
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Combine salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl
  • Spread pecans on a large rimmed baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes
  • Transfer to a large bowl and toss with melted butter
  • Add spices to coat and return to baking sheet to bake for 3-4 more minutes
  • Cool
  • For the salad dressing, whisk all ingredients together and set aside
  • Preheat oven to 375° and line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil
  • Toss the squash with olive oil, salt and pepper and add to baking sheet
  • Spread into an even layer and cook for 15 minutes or until roasted
  • Cool
  • In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients and toss until mixed
  • Dress and enjoy!
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Your finished meal plan may look just like this:

Or, it might look different. Everyone likes their fall harvest salad a bit differently. I love mine with a rainbow of colors, and that amazing homemade vinaigrette. The spiced pecans are fall personified, and the crunchy apples are too!

This fall harvest salad is the PERFECT accompaniment to your family pizza night. Enjoy crisp apples, fresh squash, spiced pecans & more #ad #BaronessPatches

Either way, I know you’ll love it. I love how family pizza night has become a tradition in my house, just like it was when I was a kid. Back then, we had a crunchy awesome salad too! I love being a Red Baroness and finding new inspiration.

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About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer at http://tamaracamera.com/, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at http://tamaracamerablog.com and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns. http://themotherofallmeltdowns.com, as well as Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead/QA Reader with Sway, and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


Comments

The Perfect Fall Harvest Salad For Pizza Night — 9 Comments

  1. Natalie will be excited about this salad because she LOVES candied nuts. Me too! We’ll be trying this out soon. And we have Red Baron pizza often. It’s so delicious and easy to make!

  2. Thursday nights were pizza nights for me growing up. We haven’t adopted a weekly pizza night as a family, but I had a hankering for pizza the other day! This salad looks amazing and the perfect complement to pizza 🙂

  3. I’ve never tried Red Baron but I love the idea of being a baroness! LOL The salad is to die for. I’m not a big pecan person so I might have to swap it out for another nut, but yes to the salad!

  4. Ahh…pizza looks so good right now! I’m doing a low carb diet, so no pizza for me. But the salad would work, and it looks delicious! I’m sorry I’ve been MIA – I needed to take a break from all things blogging. Happy to be back now!

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