Roasted Delicata Squash & Wheat Berry Salad with Feta

Delicata Squash and Wheat Berry Salad with FetaYes, another salad.  I’m still coming down from all the rich eating I did while traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday (I promise we’ll talk about that food one of these days).

But this is not a salad to dread, it’s a salad to celebrate!  It’s hearty with chewy, nutty wheat berries and plenty of roasted squash.  Spicy toasted squash seeds counter a lightly sweet lemon-honey vinaigrette and creamy feta cheese adds just the right tangy punch.  Layer all that with the fact that eating healthfully this week will help you feel great about diving headfirst into holiday baking next.  Perfect.

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Frisèe, Fennel & Hearts of Palm Salad with Pomegranate

Frisee, Fennel, Avocado, and Hearts of Palm Salad with Pomegranate SeedsI spent most of a long plane ride home yesterday daydreaming about this salad.  After 2 weeks of exploring chilly cities (across 3 countries that adore French fries even more than the US) and seeking warmth through said frites, wild game, and stewed meats, I was ready for crisp vegetables and a tall glass of water.  

Thankfully, 12 hours on a plane will give you plenty of time to dream up a great salad.  I thought about everything my over-indulged body was craving and, as soon as I got home from the grocery store, put it all together in a big bowl: crisp fennel, bitter greens, hearts of palm, creamy avocado, and crunchy pomegranate seeds.  The combination satisfies with its contrasting textures and gorgeous shades of pale green with ruby-red accents. And while nothing can beat being on vacation, it’s awfully nice to enjoy a meal in the comfort of your own home that doesn’t leave you feeling like you need to be air-lifted from the table.  

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