Fall Salad with Port-Mulled Cherries and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Traditionally, I would eat a Fall Salad on a bed of spinach, but spinach has not been my best friend through pregnancy!

Instead, I built on a bed of spring greens, and used pork loin as my protein. I cook with a lot of fish, veggies and chicken in summer, supplemented by the occasional burger (red meat), so Fall is when I bring in some more gamey proteins like bison, elk, turkey, and some beautiful free range pork. Free-ranging pigs do incredible things for the soil, and their happiness with human interaction could only be compared dogs!

I’m obsessed with the honey mustard/pork combo, so my dressing is a honey mustard vinaigrette, which is honestly just a great salad dressing to have around all the time. {recipe below}.
Caramelized red onions round out the salad in this photo. HOWEVER, I made a very important last minute addition to this salad– which is kind of the highlight of this meal — port-mulled cherries!

I recommend serving this salad with the components warm (not hot) which increases the feeling of heartiness and seasonality in the dish! These nuances help us to keep salads a year-round meal at our house. I’d love to see the different, creative ways YOU build a fall salad! Feel free to tag me on instagram if you make on yourself!

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

In a mason jar (or used and rinsed store-bought salad dressing jar, which is what I do!!!) COMBINE:

-1/4 cup olive oil

– 1/4 cup dijon

–  1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette

– 2 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup

– 2 raw garlic cloves (do not eat, just for mixing)

– pinch salt and pepper

Port-Mulled Cherries

(Perfect as a low glycemic way to sweeten your morning Oatmeal!)

In a large mason jar or air tight container, COMBINE:

-1/4 cup purified water

– 1/4 cup port wine

– 1/4 cup maple syrup

– 1 cinnamon stick

-1 star anise

– several cloves

– 1/2 inch orange peel

– 2 cups of pitted, organic, dark sweet cherries

port-mulled cherries

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