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


  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


  • 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!

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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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Back to School Meals: With Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad

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Do you want to hear something weird? Here in the northeast, we are not even halfway through summer!

In fact, the exact halfway point between the last day of school and the first day of the upcoming school year is this Friday, but who’s counting anyway?? I am! There’s still so much summer to soak up, but it will pass by lightning fast and I don’t want to wake up bewildered and staring at a calendar in disbelief. Preparing for the school year must be done early for me, because I’m someone who tends to get caught up in and overwhelmed by details and emotions if I’m not extra careful.

I’m not exempt from struggling from the work/life balance thing. This is my first summer with more full time work than nearly ever, and this will be my first summer-to-fall transition with full time work as well. There are little tips and tricks we have learned together as a family to suit our busy lifestyles. There are certain domestic and yard duties I simply have to outsource. There are certain work duties I simply have to outsource. Then there are the family priorities that become stronger when life gets busier. For me, that’s having at least one meal or snack a day all together. It can be challenging.

With little time to cook, I depend on quite a few Nestlé products to help supply my family’s needs, and on busy weeknights, these are my particular favorites for one complete meal: STOUFFER’S® Complete Skillets Teriyaki Chicken, BUITONI® Mixed Cheese Tortellini, and BUTTERFINGER® Peanut Butter Cups for a treat to share. Four of them, and four of us!

I’m totally the Balanced Mom, even though I never thought I would be. I seem to thrive off the energy. I think I’m an all or nothing person, and I wanted to go all in. I’ve been improving steadily in the balance department ever since Scarlet started kindergarten and Des started daycare. In the fall, she will enter second grade and he will start preschool. Over the last two years I have found a bit of calmness after being completely overwhelmed and bewildered – more so than ever before – but I’ve also picked up more tasks. I think the balanced parent is often trying and succeeding in finding solutions that work for all.

And what’s more important than eating?

I appreciate quality ingredients and a “dining together” experience, and instead of making too many compromises – I depend on good quality, convenient options to supplement my traditional and homemade options! Nestlé has a variety of amazing products that are the perfect solution for us during the Back to School season. A little of this, a little of that, for balance.

A quick run to Walmart takes me to three sections – first is the Entrées section of the freezers for my STOUFFER’S® Complete Skillets Teriyaki Chicken, or any of the amazing Complete Skillets products. They smell SO good while they are cooking.

Then I go to the deli section for BUITONI® Mixed Cheese Tortellini. BUITONI® Mixed Cheese Tortellini is my spirit animal!

Lastly, it’s checkout time and I find BUTTERFINGER® Peanut Butter Cups right there!

And that is where I turn to for great back to school options that help me balance this busy, wonderful life.

Now, let’s talk about tortellini. It has fueled me for life! Luckily my kids have inherited my love for it. I follow the instructions on the package and cook it all at once – then I put the leftovers in the fridge for lunches, pasta salads, and more.

More like what? More like added to tossed salads, and not just added, but becoming a key ingredient! My favorite salads are the ones that are in season. I love to use the vegetables and fruits you’ll find in mid-to-late summer, like sugar snap peas, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, peppers, and even raspberries. Think of the produce you’ll find in your own garden, or at local farmstands, CSA’s, farmers markets, or co-ops. I add goodies on top, drizzle on homemade dressing, and it’s my perfect dish.

Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2-4

Serving Size: 1 large bowl

Summer Vegetable Tortellini Salad

The intention of this recipe is to combine the best vegetables and fruits of the current season with delicious Buitoni Mixed Cheese Tortellini. Kids and adults love it! I find that the raspberries provide a delicious tart and sweet addition to all of the savory tastes.


  • 1 package of BUITONI® Mixed Cheese Tortellini
  • 1 package or head of leaf lettuce
  • Red and green peppers
  • 2-4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 pint of raspberries
  • 1 handful of snap peas
  • 1 cucumber
  • Shredded cheese, salt and pepper for garnish
  • Olive oil and vinegar for dressing
  • Dijon mustard (optional)


  1. Cook and drain BUITONI® Mixed Cheese Tortellini, as directed.
  2. Mix vegetables in medium bowl.
  3. Top with eggs, tortellini, cheese, seasonings, dressings.
  4. Serve!

Now please allow me the luxury of photo bombing this post with fresh salad photos:

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What would you make with wonderful Nestlé products? Visit the Nestlé Flavorful Moments Pinterest Board for inspiration!