Fall Colors Raspberry Salad & a Giveaway

The fall leaves are turning late this year.  No problem—they will change when they are ready, in a bright profusion.  And while we wait, how about some great color in this Fall Colors Raspberry Salad?

Fall Colors Raspberry Salad

Fall Colors Raspberry Salad

This recipe was inspired by a delicious organic raspberry lime salad dressing I just got from Litehouse foods. I love raspberries, but usually find raspberry salad dressings artificial tasting and overly sweet.  Not this one!  The lime is a perfect counterbalance to the sweetness and the flavor is fresh and natural.  

Litehouse Organic Dressings

Litehouse Organic Dressings

Have you heard that September is Organic Harvest Month? To celebrate, Litehouse Foods, sent me a package of six organic dressings and is offering to send another to one lucky reader (see below)!  The timing couldn’t be better with the recent deluge of lettuce from my CSAs.  And, frankly (shhh), I am tired of making my own salad dressing. 

Litehouse Logo

Litehouse Logo

Is dressing-burnout a thing?  

Problem is, I (usually) DETEST (hate, abhor—I know, how do you really feel…) the typical bottled dressing.  And the last dressing I liked… I learned  was only sold in Canada. (I threatened to drive there once during a particularly bad dressing crisis).

Fall Colors Raspberry Salad Closeup

Fall Colors Raspberry Salad Closeup

But with perfect timing, my Litehouse dressings arrived.  My first clue that these would be different was that they came on ice packs.  These dressings are fresh, baby.  The second was the big USDA organic label on the bottles. I really do try to avoid topping my nice organic greens with a slurry of conventional dressing. 

If that isn’t enough, these are also lower calorie (approx. 20-55 calories/Tablespoon).  I don’t know how they got that much actual flavor in a lower calorie dressing but they did.  I also think these dressings would also make delicious marinades.  Perhaps I can get that in before the grilling season is behind us! 

Fall Colors Raspberry Salad Closeup

Fall Colors Raspberry Salad Closeup

We have tried three of the dressings so far and each has been a hit.  The Balsamic Rosemary is like a classic balsamic with distinct rosemary (does anyone NOT love rosemary?) overtones.  The Ginger with Honey is a lovely Asian style dressing with a perfect balance of flavors.  And the Raspberry Lime—well, it’s not every dressing that inspires me to create a salad… 

Farm Outing

Farm Outing

The salad is complex enough not to need any garnish.  But if you look closely, I did sprinkle my salad with some pretty calendula petals from a recent farm open house. Just another benny of hanging out with organic farmers (Thanks Nichole)!

Calendula Planting

Calendula Planting

And now the giveaway for six bottles of organic dressing!  Sponsored by Litehouse Foods, it is open to US residents and closes October 9, at midnight CST.  To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you like best about fall.  For a second entry, like Art of Natural Living on Facebook and leave a second comment below letting me know you are a follower. The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me with mailing information or a new winner will be chosen.

Happy Organic Harvest Month! 

Fall Colors Raspberry Salad
Serves 4
With veggies, fruit, cheese and all the colors of autumn, this Fall Colors Raspberry Salad makes a delicious side salad or lite main course salad.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
173 calories
17 g
6 g
11 g
5 g
2 g
208 g
162 g
8 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
208g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173
Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 162mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 7g
28%
Sugars 8g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
56%
Vitamin C
41%
Calcium
10%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 12 ounce package of butternut cubes (or equivalent in homemade)
  2. 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  3. salt, pepper to taste
  4. 1/4 cup pecans
  5. 2 heads butter lettuce, cleaned and torn in bite sized pieces
  6. 1/4 - 1/2 cup Litehouse Raspberry Lime Dressing
  7. 6 ounces raspberries
  8. 6 ounces blueberries or blackberries
  9. 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
Instructions
  1. Toss butternut cubes with olive oil and salt & pepper, if desired. Roast at 350 F, stirring every 10 minutes, until soft and golden brown, about 30 minutes. (see note)
  2. While butternut is cooking toast pecans in the oven or in a frying pan until just fragrant (or they can also be used untoasted).
  3. When squash is done, assemble salad. Toss lettuce with dressing, then top with berries, nuts, blue cheese and roasted squash.
  4. Serve immediately
Notes
  1. As a time saver, squash can be pre-cooked and added to salad at room temperature.
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calories
173
fat
11g
protein
5g
carbs
17g
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158 thoughts on “Fall Colors Raspberry Salad & a Giveaway

  1. Dee Johnson

    I love all the wonderful foods during the fall months, like pumpkin lattes, pecan pie, and butternut squash. I always look forward to making tasty dishes for my family.

  2. Tamra Phelps

    I think my favorite thing about Fall is the food. It starts with that first chilly day pot of chili, then Halloween candy (or National 1/2 Price Candy Day the day after Halloween, lol) & finally gets to Thanksgiving stuffing, ham, turkey, pies, etc.

  3. Juliana

    Oh Inger, this is such a nice salad…I love the idea of mixing butternut squash and berries…not only look pretty, it must taste delicious. I have never tried the Litehouse dressing…although they sure sound great.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Inger 🙂

  4. Ecca Anderson

    oooow pretty salad !!!! >o,<//
    all of my favorite food colour look like a fallin leaves in autumn….
    Fall is paradise !!

  5. Ecca Anderson

    oooow pretty salad !!!! >o,<
    all of my favorite food colour look like a fallin leaves in autumn….
    Fall is paradise !!

  6. Faye Gates

    Not to dis fall, but I’m not a fan. I have a large property, that I care for elderly cats. With fall, comes winter, and I have 13 elderly cats inside. I get to reclaim my bed sometime in March of 2017. Cats hate the cold and so do I.

  7. Cindy Peterson

    I love that my anniversary is in Fall because it is the best time to take a vacation. No crowds! Cool weather. Low prices.

  8. Barbara

    I love the cooler weather (yay, hot chocolate!) and the smell of fireplaces burning. I’ve been a follower on Facebook (name there is Lily [Barbara] Halverson Walker).

  9. Beth

    I agree with you about most store-bought dressings – they’re a real turn-off. I’m glad you found a brand you like (although I wish the contest was open to Canadians!).

  10. Natalie

    The thing that I like best about fall is going apple picking. My family has gone every year since I was 4 years old.

  11. Annamarie V

    I love the crisp weather and bundling up in warm cozy clothes at night, the changing colors and big pots of soup.

  12. Maureen Ruble

    What a beautifully colored salad! My favorite part of the fall season is that it finally cools down enough in Florida to enjoy the evenings again. My husband and I love to take the kids and our dogs on leisurely fall walks together. It is just wonderful!

  13. kelley powers

    My favorite thing about fall is pumpkin patches and halloween. I have two toddlers who totally get into halloween and its so cute!!!

  14. renee

    I love being able to spend time outdoors with my family on hayrides, in corn mazes, at softball games, etc. Fall is my favorite time of year.

  15. wendi

    i love the foliage, the temperatures and of course the fact its football season!! so much to do in the fall and so much fun!

  16. David

    My favorite thing about fall is the end to yardwork. Aside from the one-time occurrence of raking leaves, you are done for six months.

  17. robin s.

    I love when the weather gets cooler and spending time with my family sipping hot chocolate and watching a movie together.

  18. Taryn T

    I would say, like many others, that my favorite part of Fall is the cooler temps, but that would be lying! I live in Central Florida, and it is still in the 90’s! What I love best is the promise of family time. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, which means it is time to prepare and plan, and see family that you haven’t seen in a while.

  19. Renee Rousseau

    The 70 degree weather is my favorite thing about the fall with the promise of Holidays and family to come!

  20. Margaret S Porter

    Love to see the leaves changing colors. Love to see the kids gathering the pumpkins and decorating them.

  21. Linda Petteys

    I love the colors and the fresh coolness of fall. I love the festivals and craft shows – everyone looking forward to the holiday giving!

  22. Geri Sandoval

    My favorite season is Fall. I love the cooler weather, the colors and the food. I love in New Mexico and we have the best green and red chile. In fall you can smell green chile roasting, red chile ristras hanging. I love to make green chile stew, red or green enchiladas.

  23. Julie Waldron

    I like the smells of autumn, the changing colors and hearing the leaves crunch when I step on them. It’s also my birthday the end of October. 🙂

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