Back in the day when I was working at a hotel, this time of the year was the time people got sick the most. As the weather is getting cooler and temperatures are fluctuating, most people have a hard time adapting. Cold mornings and warm daytime temperatures require layering and if you don’t dress appropriately, you can easily get a cold. Also, kids go back to school and they carry their germs back home to their parents.
Long story short, for whatever reason, people get sick in autumn more than anytime of the year.
As I am a firm believer that we are what we eat, I thought I decided to come up with a salad made with some of Autumn’s most popular superfoods. I wanted a salad that would help you get the necessary nutrition in your body to prevent any sickness during the days of changing weather.
For this healthy and nutritious salad, I started with kale, as it is considered the most nutritious green vegetable. To give it a pop of color and more nutritional value, I added butter lettuce. I topped them off with apples, pomegranate seeds, shelled edamame, chia seeds, walnuts, scallions, and a cup of cooked du puy lentils. To deepen the flavor, continuing in the fall theme, I made a quick salad dressing by whisking together walnut oil, Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, a small minced shallot, salt and pepper.
It ended up being a meal-worthy salad made up of delicious seasonal ingredients. So if you are feeling under the weather, or just want to get some additional nutrients in your body, this salad is the way to go my friends!
I promise, it won’t disappoint.
Autumn Wellness Salad
- For the dressing:
- 5 tablespoons of walnut oil
- 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- For the salad:
- 6 cups kale- washed, dried, coarsely chopped
- 3-4 cups of your favorite greens (like curly leaf lettuce and/or butter lettuce)
- 1/2 cup scallions, chopped
- 1 cup cooked French du Puy lentils
- 1/2 Fuji apple, thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup edamame, shelled
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup walnuts, lightly toasted
- To make the dressing: whisk walnut oil, mustard, vinegar, shallot, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Lightly massage half of the dressing into the kale in a medium bowl.
- Transfer it to a large salad bowl and add the other greens.
- Add scallions, lentils, apple slices, edamame, pomegranate seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts. Give it a gentle stir.
- Drizzle the rest of the dressing over the salad.
Serves: 6-8 [br]Prep time: 30 minutes[br]Notes:[br]1. If you do not have walnut oil you can substitute it with extra virgin olive oil. [br]2. This is a very versatile salad, if you do not have one item you can always omit it.[br]3. For a smaller amount, feel free the half the amount of salad ingredients and the dressing.