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I have FALLen so hard for fall.
And we are only a day and like six hours in. I am telling you, I am jumping in with both feet, get ready.
So this is the balance salad. You see, I figured that after those apple pecan pie cronuts on Friday I should maybe throw in a little green and skip the cheese. Oh wait, there’s still cheese in this, but I just couldn’t help myself. Life is boring without cheese.
Oh and I feel I should mention that it is snowing right now. Only only the mountain tops, but geez guys it’s still snow. This means it is cold and rainy and the ultimate cozy weather.
Now do you see how I can jump into fall so easily?
It’s just not my fault. I have no control over the crazy mountain weather, but I have to say it happens every year. And well I sometimes complain about it, I secretly love it. There is just nothing better than cozy weather.
Since I cannot just fill your minds (and stomachs) with pure cheese, pasta, pumpkin, cookies, cake, brownies and butter all the time I decided to go with salad.
Ok and the boys were gone for three nights last week. This meant it was the perfect opportunity to actually not have to cook two meals and just cook one green, non meat meal. It was an awesome three days.
So where did the boys go? Those punks got to go on a little mini vacay, mid school week, and fly off to LA for a quick Burton (yeah that’s my brother Red in the red Hoodie and the last of the 3 boarders hiking up the hill) photo shoot. They lived it up like rock stars in some Hollywood hills home, came home and had to face a reality check – sorry boys, that life doesn’t exist here.
No maids (yeah they really had maids), no five-star restaurant burgers for lunch, no swimming in infinity pools at eleven o’clock on a Thursday, and today – yep, back to school (for the few hours they go).
Obviously, they are having a hard time adjusting.
Their lives are so rough, huh?
Anyway, when the boys are away apparently I make salad.
But whatever, I was happy. This salad has honestly all of my favorite foods. Butternut squash (all time favorite fall veggie), apples, crispy kale, pecans and even stinkin grilled cheese croutons.
Oh and it’s all warm and cozy. Personally, those are my favorite salads.
There is nothing remotely hard about putting this salad together, but it just takes some hands on time. Peel the squash, clean the seeds, roast the veggies, make the dressing, make the grilled cheese, roll over from how amazing that ooey goey brie looks, and then toss it all together.
Like I said, not too hard, just a little work.
But it is SO healthy and SO good.
And I mean brie grilled cheese croutons?
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Best addition to a salad. Ever.
I skipped the croutons because I was to lazy to go buy brie but gosh, this salad was it fit for the gods. It took me 1.5 hours to make but it was worth every second. Thank you so much!
So happy you loved this Genevieve! Thank you!!
Looks amazing!! How well does this save?
Thank you! It makes great leftovers for at least a few days.
Tieghan, this looks wonderful. Thank you for posting this! Do you think I can roast the squash and seeds and make the dressing tonight, but do the kale and pack everything separately for a short drive tomorrow morning? I can assemble just before eating.
I think that will work great. Hope you love this and happy thanksgiving!