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Recipe: Rustic Roasted Beet & Sweet Potato Salad

Recipe: Rustic Roasted Beet & Sweet Potato Salad

Ingredients

1 bunch beets
2 sweet potatoes
2 tbsp canola or grapeseed oil
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp garlic salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 avocado
6 cups baby spinach leaves
Toppings
Maple Citrus Roasted Pecanshttps://marlameridith.com/recipe/maple-citrus-roasted-pecans/
Salad Dressings: Try one of these!

Directions

Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees F with the racks in the middle. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or oven proof silicone liner.

Slice the beets and sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch thick sticks. Place on the baking sheet in a single layer.

Drizzle with the oil and maple syrup. Using clean hands, toss with the cinnamon, garlic salt and pepper.

Bake for about 40-45 minutes until slightly browned, caramelized and very tender.

Plate spinach leaves with roasted beets and sweet potatoes. Top with avocado and maple pecans. Serve with lemon juice and olive oil or my Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette or Lemon Honey Salad Dressing.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Butternut Squash Couscous Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

We love this light couscous salad with winter squash served as a holiday side or weekday lunch.

Ingredients

2 cups couscous, cooked to package directions
1 1/2 – 2 lb butternut squash
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
handful of fresh mint, chopped
Orange Vinaigrette
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp orange zest
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp honey
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Cook the couscous and toss with some olive oil.

Cook the butternut squash: pierce the squash several times with a sharp knife. Place on a plate and microwave on high for 5-10 minutes. Remove from the microwave and let cool until you can handle it. Cut in half, remove seeds, cut into bite sized pieces trimming off the skin as you go.

Prepare the dressing: Combine all the ingredients in a blender or whisk until you have a smooth dressing. Adjust any ingredients to taste. Combine the couscous with the squash, pomegranate, and mint. Toss with dressing or serve the dressing on the side.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad

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Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Lemon Honey Salad Dressing

I love salad dressings that have the perfect balance of flavors. Here sweet & savory combine.

Citrus & honey are meant to be married.

Ingredients

1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 tablespoons Lemon Juice
3 tablespoons Honey
Sea Salt
Ground Black Pepper

Directions

Shake olive oil, lemon juice & honey in a jar. Season to taste with salt & pepper.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette

Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette will likely become your go-to salad dressing throughout the year. It’s flavor is light, bright & a little tangy.

Ingredients

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
juice from 1/2 lemon (1 tablespoon)
tablespoons finely minced shallots
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a jar. Shake well to combine. This will last one week, stored in the fridge.

~ Marla Meridith

Butternut Squash Couscous Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

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Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad

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Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Lemon Honey Salad Dressing

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith