Say Hello (and then goodbye!) to Fall…Pea Shoots, Apples and Cheese Salad
Ohh. Feels like fall! So, quick! Before it regresses back to 95 degrees in the shade, run, don’t walk to the nearest grocery store and stock up on pumpkins, bales of hay, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and anything else that will get you feeling crispy!! Oh how I love, love, love fall! But alas, I know it’s just a teaser. Because it does this every year. A few days of “Oooh, grab your sweater and your dog and a cup of cider and head to the nearest pumpkin patch” and BAM! It’s back to 100 degrees within a matter of days.
What a buzz kill.
Yesterday I was shopping at Whole Foods (a rarity as indicated by my bill) and picked up a package of Andi’s Way sprouts. The company was started by a friend whose mother passed away from cancer a few years ago. She was an amazing woman who inspired her son and his wife (my friend’s brother) to start an organic farm. They quit their corporate jobs and moved out to the middle of nowhere where they now grow pea greens, wheatgrass and other alkaline sprouts, known for their incredibly powerful health benefits, vitamins and folic acid. I love this story because not only does their work celebrate the life of a true heroine, but they now sell their products at Whole Foods! And what better way to kick off fall than with a bowl full of organic sprouts!
Anyway…am going to make a crockpot of soup (click for recipe for Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice) and salad using the Pea Shoots to celebrate these nice fall temps. Because in less than 24 hours it’s going to be hot again and we’ll be back to eating popsicles.
Pea Shoots, Apples and Cheese
- hearty handful of Pea Shoots
- 1 apple (sliced thin)
- handful chopped walnuts
- scoop of blue cheese or handful of chopped sharp cheddar
- splash olive oil
- drizzle honey
- squirt lemon
- pinch kosher salt
- pinch pepper
- pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries (optional)
- Whisk together olive oil, lemon, honey, s&p.
- Gently toss sprouts, walnuts and cheese.
- Drizzle dressing over the salad.
- *top with pomegranate or cranberries for added fall effect!