Even though it’s starting to get a little colder (you have no idea how much it pains us to admit that!) we here at Two Saucy Sisters still believe that it is never too cold for a big ol’ salad!
That being said, there are definitely a lot of ways to change up a salad to make it more seasonable. Adding cooked, cubed sweet potato or squash adds a nice Fall flair, as do some crisp apple slices. Pair that with some toasty walnuts and creamy goat cheese and you’ve got yourself a pretty tasty fall-ified salad!
But of course, salad just isn’t salad without dressing, now is it? You could just go with your usual oil-and-vinegar combo, but why not make it a little more special?
Something you may not know about us is that the house we live in (when we’re not at school) is actually a more than 100-year-old fruit farm. Most of the orchards are gone now and we only have about 3 acres of the original land left, but we do have a few pear trees that still produce fruit every year. So, you can imagine that when our gracious father picked us a whole bunch of them, we needed to figure out a way to use them up before they got too ripe. Who knew the answer would be salad dressing?
Yup- we made a pear vinaigrette! It’s a little sweet, it’s a little savoury, and it makes the perfect topping for a Fall-inspired salad!
This works really well if you just so happen to have a couple slightly over-ripe pears in your fridge. If you don’t, just leave a pear out on the counter for a day or two and you’ll be ready to make this tasty dressing. It’s simply a matter of throwing the ingredients in a blender and you’ve got yourself enough dressing for several salads in mere minutes!
So now you have no excuse not to eat your greens ;)
Happy Fall Salad-Eating!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes: ~1 cup
1 ripe pear
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp white vinegar
dash of salt
pepper, to taste
1/2 c. olive oil
Add all ingredients to a blender except for the olive oil, and blend until the pear has been pulverized. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream. Blend for another minute or two to ensure the pear is fully blended and everything is combined. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator. (Just be sure to set it on the counter a few minutes before using it, and give it a stir before pouring)
Do you ever make fun salad dressings? What’s your favourite way to jazz-up a salad?