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Because in between all that Thanksgiving food…we need a little GREEN.
Or do we… of course we do, especially if it’s this cranberry roasted butternut persimmon salad. It’s so delicious you almost forget you’re eating salad, there’s just so much more going on in this bowl than just greens!
Plus, I mean, there’s fried goat cheese here too. Yes, FRIED goat cheese! I think it’s safe to say that as far as holiday salads go, this is the one! It will even have you going back for seconds! <–obviously.
I know when it comes to Thanksgiving, that most of us really just want all the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and rolls. But I dunno, personally, I love some greens on my plate too. For one, I just like food with color in general, but I find a good salad really balances out the other foods piled on my plate. Anyone with me here or what? I know my brothers would totally disagree (except for you Brendan). They’re all about piling your plate high with beige, and want absolutely nothing to do with any color. Meaning no sweet potatoes either. They are freaks though, so I don’t normally take their advice when it comes to the Thanksgiving menu.
Can you guys believe that Thanksgiving is just ONE week away? Oh my gosh! Even though I’ve posted mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, cookies, and even pie, I have yet to even start thinking about my T-day menu. I mean, yes those items that I’ve posted are surely being made, but it is Thanksgiving, and you guys know my motto – go big or go home!
Do you guys have your menus set? I’m hoping you have some wiggle room left. I have a few more recipes that you really need to consider before next Thursday arrives…stay tuned!
Are any of you hosting Thanksgiving, or maybe going to a friend or family member’s house? How about a Friendsgiving? My whole family will be here next week, minus my brother Brendan and his girlfriend Lyndsie, who will be at Lyndsie’s family’s house (you will be missed!) but they’ll be here for half of December and through Christmas. While we are losing two, we are gaining my cousin Maggie and her boyfriend Tom, along with possibly an old friend of my family’s. When it comes to the holidays at the Gerard house you truly just never know who’s going to show up…normally, there’s more people than you originally expect.
Let the holiday craziness begin, right?
Sooo anyway, I think I was trying to get to the point across, that I love a good salad on my plate, and this year, this is my salad of choice!! It is SOO good. I served leftovers to my dad, who’s not typically the biggest fan of winter squash, but even he loved this salad. He said it was the combo of warm squash to cold greens, mixed with the tangy dressing and topped with fried cheese. Just delightful – his words, not mine.
And while I’m calling the cheese fried, what I really mean is pan-fried. Sorry, I didn’t go as far as deep-frying the goat cheese because that just sounded like too much work for a Thanksgiving salad. Pan fried is just as good anyway. To save time, simply fry the cheese in advance, then warm in the oven the next day along with the roasted butternut squash (I threw in some delicata squash rounds too!). Works awesome!
The dressing is pretty simple, apple cider, vinegar, mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper…simple, but perfection…at least in my eyes!
You can serve this salad cold or at room temperature, but my personal favorite it to keep the greens and persimmons cold and have everything else warm. It’s oddly the perfect balance.
Question: since we’re having salad with dinner, this means our plates will be be totally well-rounded, right? Meaning that a second…ok maybe even a third piece of pie is totally acceptable, right?
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Gosh, I just love Thanksgiving…and the way my brain can rationalize things.
Salads are actually one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes! I love how the squash and persimmon just makes the green of the lettuce pop perfectly!
I just made this … so delicious ! thanks for a great recipe !
So happy you liked it, thanks Kristine!!
I would eat this first on my Thanksgiving plate! Also, so funny, I’ve been eating persimmons and roasted butternut (topped with burrata) – now I need to fry some goat cheese to throw on top! Such a gorgeous salad – hope your epic Thanksgiving is so delicious!!
That sounds delish!! The goat would be amazing!! Thank you so much Sarah!! Happy thanksgiving!