Fall food is my favorite food. It can be cool, crisp, and refreshing or it can be warm, hearty, and comforting. It’s like the best of both worlds. Fall food also has some of the best seasoning too. Cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, cumin, chili, fennel… I could keep naming these spices but I think I’ve made my point. Obviously I have a deep love for fall food. That’s probably why most of my recipes on the blog have been born during the fall months. This Honeycrisp Apple and Red Grape Fall Salad is my take on one of my favorite fall seasoned items–the Ancient Grain and Arugula salad from Panera.
I use to order that salad from Panera so much it’s not even funny. I’ve already had it twice this season. There’s just no way I can justify eating at Panera as much as I’d liked to. Creating my own copy-cat version of the salad is my loophole. I hate to even call it a copycat, because I didn’t include any grains, I left out the slaw blend, and I added my own items. That’s what cooking is all about! I love making recipes my own. I’d love for you to make my recipe, but I also encourage you guys to try swapping it around and making it your own.
If I can just inspire you all to cook more things at home, try new things, and have fun with food then I call that a win!
I’m trying really hard to not transition into the recipe by saying “Let’s get down to business” because then I want to say “…to defeat, the Huns” and if you don’t get that reference than idk how we’re friends. So this is me… Not doing that…
OKAY. So recipe time y’all.
I seriously love this salad. I’ve been making it at least once a week and have no plan on stopping anytime soon. SO. GOOD.
Let me know if you try it and if you make any changes!
- 10 oz. baby arugula lettuce
- 2 large honeycrisp apples, chopped
- 4 cups of red seedless grapes, halved
- 1½ cups pepitas (edible pumpkin seeds)
- 2 cups walnuts
- dressing to taste
No salad dressings were calculated in nutrition info.
Nutrition info is provided as a rough estimate and is not exact. Nutrition will differ depending on changes to recipe/ingredients.