Thanksgiving Harvest Salad and Creamy Dijon Dressing

There’s something so beautiful about Thanksgiving (besides the table full of pies, potato dishes, and that juicy turkey), it’s that lovely time to stop the hustle, step away from the stress of a heavy workload and indulge in a heavy meal instead. It’s the time to come together with all loved ones; whether you’re with family, or simply having a Friendsgiving, there’s no better time to remember to rest and be thankful for every blessing.

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But, it’s also two months before Christmas over here in Canada and we gotta make sure we fit into those fancy Christmas outfits, which is why we’re tossing together a Harvest salad full of autumnal fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and pecans mixed with kale and arugula mingle together, resulting in a sweet flavour with a bite. Pair this with our creamy, dijon dressing and everyone will be asking you for the recipe.

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This is great for you health nuts of the family looking for a healthier option.Yes, it’s a salad, but don’t fret, it’s seriously delicious and no one will get mad at you from bringing salad as your contribution to the Thanksgiving table. This recipe is entirely customizable, add some diced apples for a slightly acidic, sweet flavour or add some crumbled feta cheese for a salty note or be ultra-autumnal and swap the sweet potato for pumpkin!

INGREDIENTS

For the Harvest Salad

Serves 4 (as a side)

  • 4 cups diced sweet potato (2 large whole sweet potato)
  • 2 bunches of imperator* carrots
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 large pomegranate
  • Sliced or chopped turkey breast, cooked (optional)
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-½  tsp. pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Nutmeg

METHOD

  1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread diced sweet potato over baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg, Himalayan salt and black pepper over sweet potato. Toss together and roast for 30-35 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  2. Slice washed and peeled carrots in half. Lightly drizzle with olive oil. Grill in on a barbeque or grill pan over the stove, until tender. You can also dice the carrots and roast them or grill them.
  3. Wash and chop kale and arugula. Massage the kale for about 2 minutes in a large bowl to reduce its bitter taste.
  4. Cut large pomegranate in half and remove seeds. Tip: using a wooden spoon, tap the back of the pomegranate over a bowl to release the seeds. This will result in less mess!
  5. Check on your sweet potato. Once it’s cooked through, remove from the oven and let cool.
  6. Assemble your salad in a large platter or toss together in a bowl. Add chopped pecans, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, cooked sweet potato, and pomegranate seeds over kale and arugula. Lay sliced, grilled carrots over top, along with sliced turkey breast (if using) and drizzle creamy dijon dressing (below) just before serving.

*These are those skinny carrots that look almost cartoonish. They’ve still got their stems on, are around 8 to 11 inches in length, have a sweeter taste with a higher sugar content and are easier to peel. Yes, there are special names for these different types of carrots and you can learn more about them here.

For the creamy, dijon dressing

Makes 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ cup full-fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • ½ tbsp. dijon mustard

METHOD

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or measuring cup
  2. Pour into a bottle or small mason jar and refrigerate.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to our fellow Canadians and all of our followers and readers! We’re so very thankful for you!

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