It is hard to believe that there is just over a week until the official start of the holiday season. 2020 has been quite the year - to put it mildly - and this year’s holidays are sure to look different than usual. Different does not have to mean bad, however; we have a unique opportunity to create new traditions, memories and ways of connecting this season.
Our team will be celebrating digitally with family spread far and wide -- and we know this will be the case for many of us. We decided to create a special holiday menu for our community thinking that, by sharing in the same dishes, we can feel more closely connected while physically apart.
Today we are sharing our starter, Harvest Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette; and we will share our sides and desserts next week.
Prep Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes
5 oz mixed greens (such as spinach, arugula and kale)
1 medium winter squash (kabocha, buttercup, butternut, acorn or even sweet potato), seeded and chopped into ½ inch cubes with skin
2 medium beets, chopped into half inch cubes
2 medium carrots, diced into rounds
1/2 a pomegranate, washed and seeds removed
1 small (or ½ large) red bell pepper, sliced into medium pieces
1 oz Smoky Maple Pecans
½ ripe lemon, juiced
1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
1 T dijon mustard
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 T pure maple syrup
¼ c olive oil
Sea salt + freshly cracked black pepper to taste