Fall Colors Raspberry Salad & a Giveaway

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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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  9. 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 🙂

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  13. Inger, what an absolutely gorgeous salad! Think I’ll toast the pecans though. The dressings all look good!

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

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