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OMG… This Cherry Vinaigrette Dressing recipe is super delicious. This Vinaigrette is fruity with small pieces of Sour Cherry which is the star of this salad dressing. The other flavors help to create the perfect balance between sweetness and acidity. I used Pumpkin Honey Mustard to go along with the Fall seasonal products, but as an alternative you can also use Dijon mustard. But, I highly recommend this Pumpkin Honey Mustard that we have in stock because you will find so many uses for it that you will want to have it in your refrigerator all year round.
When I was creating this recipe, I of course kept in mind to use all our wonderful tasty products, but at the same time, giving you the options to substitute any of those ingredients with products that you already have in your pantry.
The Autumn Harvest Salad
The Autumn Harvest Salad is packed with a lot of fresh seasonal produce adding different layers and textures of flavor. When you read through the ingredients, it may sound like a lot, but chopping them all up takes no time at all, and they all really complement each other. This salad screams “Autumn Harvest!!”
It was a difficult decision for me to pick which crunchy element I wanted. Should I select Pomegranate seeds? or walnuts? or Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)? Well, I ended up using all of them:)… It is completely up to you if you want to use them all like me, or just a few, or just one. Difficult decision, isn’t it?
Food Photography Behind the Scenes – Bright Food, Dark Shadows
My goal for this salad is to have as many ingredients as possible that have bold colors. I’m learning to take “moody photos,” and I really love those dramatic photographs that tell you a different story than what you are used to seeing every day. Some of the tricks that I learned and used in photographing this recipe are from the E-book called “Food Photography Behind the Scenes – Bright Food, Dark Shadows” from Nicole Branan. I would love to hear from you what you think about my first experiment with these dark/moody photos. Please leave a comment below and tell me what you think!
The Story behind the Cherry Vinaigrette Dressing on Autumn Harvest Salad
When I started to set up this photo shoot, my only initial idea was to create a contrast between a stunning bowl, the background, and the colorful ingredients. But as I played with different setups, along the way my imagination transported me to a desolate area of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee inside an old, spooky haunted cabin. I am all alone, waiting for Geoffrey to come back from the town with the groceries and other provisions. It was dusk when he left, but now it is dark outside with no moonlight or stars to give any comfort. I am too afraid to go outside. A cold wind is screaming through the trees, and whistles through the cracks in the cabin door. In the distance I can hear some weird animal noises that I’ve never heard before. Inside the cabin I don’t have electricity – just a few lanterns, and a few pieces of wood burning in the fireplace. I’m safe, for now.
Because I’m too scared to go outside to get more firewood and cook a hot dinner, I decide to make an Autumn Harvest Salad with some ingredients leftover from lunch. This salad is the easiest thing I can do under these frightening circumstances. I took a bowl and added some mixed greens, already cooked bulgur, and I topped the salad with dumpling squash, avocado, dragon fruit, carrots, blue cheese, cherry tomatoes, and green onion. Then, I sprinkled some chopped walnut, pomegranate seed and toasted salted pumpkin seed on top.
Cherry Vinaigrette Dressing
For the Cherry Vinaigrette dressing, I used the Spiced Sour Cherry Spread, olive oil, red wine vinegar, Pumpkin Honey Mustard, and two teaSpoons of Fresh Roasted Garlic Cottonseed Oil. Put all the ingredients in a mason jar, shake until combined. Just as I pour the dressing over the Autumn Harvest Salad, a car drives up the long winding road to the cabin. Boy I sure hope it’s Geoffrey!
This salad is great for your next Halloween party with your friends or family. I hope you enjoyed my little spooky adventure.
Cherry Vinaigrette Dressing on Autumn Harvest Salad
The Cherry Vinaigrette Dressing is fruity with small pieces of Sour Cherry combined with Pumpkin Honey Mustard. Garlic Cottonseed Oil helps to create the perfect balance between sweetness and acidity. Great salad dressing for a salad with seasonal produce from the Autumn season.
- For the Salad:
- 1 package salad mix green
- 1 apple, thinly sliced
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 1/ 2 cup yellow cherry tomato
- 1/2 cup red cherry tomato
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seed
- 2 TableSpoons Blue Cheese
- 1/4 cup green onion
- 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumble
- 1/2 cup Dragon fruit, peeled and sliced
- 1 avocado
- 1 dumpling squash
- 2 TableSpoons Pumpkin Spice Syrup
- 2 TableSpoons Pure cottonseed oil
- 1/4 cup Pomegranate seeds - optional
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seed - optional
- 1/4 cup Walnut, chopped - optional
- 1 cup uncooked Bulgur
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tsp salt
For Cherry Vinaigrette Dressing:
- Pre-heated oven at 380F degrees
- Cut squash lengthwise and drizzle Pumpkin Spice Syrup, 1 TableSpoon Pure Cottonseed Oil, salt and Ras El Hanout.
- Cook for 30 minutes. Wait to cool down for about 5 minutes.
- In a medium sauce pan, add 1 TableSpoon Pure Cottonseed Oil and toasted bulgur for about 2 minutes. Add the 2 cups of hot water. Bring to a quick boil. Then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Wait to cool down for about 5 minutes
- In a large bowl combine the salad ingredients.
- In a separate small bowl whisk vinaigrette ingredients until blended.
- Pour the vinaigrette dressing over the salad.
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