A combination of Autumn ingredients comes together to create this Fall Harvest Salad featuring pomegranate seeds, squash, blue cheese and prosciutto. The salad features both tasty ingredients and a healthy dose of Elderberry Syrup in the dressing!
Fall Harvest Salad
Salads are one of those meals you can enjoy any time of the year. They are a versatile dish you can change up with the seasons featuring fresh produce or ingredients, proteins, beans, lentils, pasta, rice, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and fresh herbs. My mom always used to add fresh dill and other herbs to her salad inspiring me to do the same.
How Do You Make A Salad Dressing
The elderberry syrup salad dressing uses the four main elements of a dressing: extra virgin olive oil (oil), white balsamic vinegar (acid), Elderberry Syrup (sweet) and salt + pepper (salt). While elderberry syrup is not that sweet, it definitely brings the sweet element and is as healthy as using maple syrup or honey.
A fifth element involved in making salad dressings, (aromatic) can include shallots, chives and herbs. Do try different combinations to see what you like!
Our salad ingredients are a combination of ingredients that scream Autumn. We’ve included squash, pomegranate seeds, smokey gorgonzola cheese, slightly bitter escarole & arugula and salty prosciutto. This combination of flavours is perfect for your holiday table!
What About Elderberry Syrup
With colds and flu’s already circulating through schools, offices and our house (tis the season), we have been taking the syrup regularly to keep our immune systems healthy, boosted and ready for travel to Indonesia next month.
Elderberries are a natural anti-inflammatory and high in flavonoids (plant-based antioxidants). It’s these flavonoids that help prevent damage to the body’s cells and boost the immune system.
Studies show elderberries are known to be effective in treating colds and flu. That’s why we like to have Feel Good Syrup on hand is an easy go to for whatever ails you.
Feel Good Syrup
Feel Good Syrup continues to expand their syrup offering throughout Western Canada making it easier to find and purchase the product. Just this month Feel Good Elderberry Syrup became available to purchase at Blush Lane Organic Market in Alberta.
If you don’t have Elderberry Syrup and still want to make this salad, take either raspberry or strawberry jam and dilute it with a little water to a runny consistency. You can strain it (or not) until you get roughly two tablespoons worth. Also try a plum jam which will not require straining.
Seasonal Salads You Might Enjoy
- Winter Brussels Sprout Slaw with Pancetta includes thinly sliced brussels sprouts and pears.
- Blueberry & Halloumi Quinoa Salad with Charred Corn incorporates fresh summer blueberries and local fresh corn for a Summer Salad
We are working in collaboration with Feel Good Syrup on this post. All opinions, views expressed and recipe development are, as always, my own.
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- 2 cups escarole
- 2 cups arugula
- 1 cup butternut squash cut into small cubes and roasted
- 1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 100 grams or a couple slices prosciutto the good stuff
- 1 honey crisp apple cored and sliced thin
- 160 grams smoked gorgonzola crumbled
- 2 tbsp Feel Good Syrup
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
- sea salt & cracked black pepper to taste
- Tear up your escarole and add to bowl or platter with arugula. Scatter on squash, hazelnuts, pomegranate seeds, prosciutto, apple and gorgonzola.
- Whisk together feel good elderberry syrup, extra virgin olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper until thick and creamy.
- Pour dressing over salad and serve.