In the last two weeks, my taste buds have taken on a slight preference for comfort foods. But leafy green salads are still very high on my priority list. I crave salads all year long, not just in the warmer months. Especially when they’re filled with local, seasonal ingredients.
This Autumn Kale Salad with Sautéed Pears is my current obsession. It incorporates so many of my favorite Fall flavors, like fresh apple cider and maple syrup. And it highlights what I consider to be one of the most underappreciated Fall fruits: pears.
Pears always seem like they are playing second fiddle to apples. I mean, I love apples. Who doesn’t!?!? And admittedly, I’ve been on a bit of an apple spree myself these days. But pears deserve to be taken seriously once in a while, too. So I always make it a point to give them the spotlight in a couple different recipes over the course of their season.
For the base of this salad, I used tender, baby kale. But you could use whatever greens you love (baby spinach would be excellent!). I added in red grapes, pecans and blue cheese crumbles. But the real showstopper in this recipe is the sautéed pears. Slightly softened, flavored with both apple cider and maple syrup, and so gosh darn pretty that it seems like a shame to chop them up, they are the perfect topper for all your leafy green bowls this Fall.
Choose pears (I used Bartlett pears for this recipe) that are ripe, but still a bit firm when pressed. Because you don’t want them getting too soft and mushy when you cook them. That would be no bueno.
What are your favorite ways to use pears this time of year? I would love to hear your ideas!
Not that I’m complaining, per se. Because orange is one of my favorite colors. And orange-colored foods are some of my favorite foods. But I think it’s about time we had a little break from all the orange. There are so many other colors worth exploring!
In an effort to try and bring a little green back into my life, I’ve been on a serious leafy green salad kick (look for that recipe coming out next week!). And I’m also attempting to make a dent in an overly ambitious haul of red apples. Which means apple pie, apple crisp and maybe even an apple cocktail or two (or three!) are all going to be on repeat for the foreseeable future.
But for now, we’ve got apple scones.
These Chai Spiced Apple Scones with Apple Cider Glaze are my most recent apple creation and they just scream Fall. Loaded with chunks of chopped apples and cozy chai spices (the combination which was inspired by this recipe from Pastry Affair), they are the perfect baked good to enjoy on a cool, crisp Autumn morning. And don’t skip the fresh apple cider glaze. Because really, what’s a scone without a hefty drizzle of something sticky and sweet on top.
You can use any kind of apple you like. And you don’t even need to bother peeling them. Just chop them up relatively small and uniform (around the size of an almond) so they cook up evenly in the scones. Easy peasy. And on the breakfast table in no time!
I’m sharing the recipe for these Chai Spiced Apple Scones with Apple Cider Glaze as part of our monthly seasonal eating initiative organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. Be sure to check out Becky’s October Produce Guide for recipe suggestions on everything from pears to pumpkins! And for even more inspiration, click on the links below to see what some of my blogging friends whipped up this month.
Recipe adapted from my Pear and Ginger Scones with White Chocolate Drizzle
October Eat Seasonal Recipes
Smoky Pumpkin Black Bean Chili by She Likes Food
Cheddar Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup by Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Apple Cinnamon Scones by Completely Delicious
Instant Pot Red Velvet Beet Soup by Letty’s Kitchen
Roasted Delicata Squash, Fig and Persimmon Wild Rice Salad by Flavor the Moments
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal by JoyFoodSunshine
Spaghetti Squash Shakshuka by Kitchen Confidante
Curried Cauliflower Quinoa and Lentil Salad by Food for My Family
One-Skillet Zucchini Lasagna by Vintage Mixer
Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers by Foodie Crush