Transition into Fall with this Vibrant Tomato Free Salad

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transition into fall salad

In mid September you’re still able to find remnants of good summer tomatoes still available, but very soon they will be gone til next summer and so this salad is your perfect transition into fall. This vibrant and bold tasting salad is tomato-free and perfect for the fall season.transition into fall salad

Leafy greens, crunchy radishes, delicious haricot verts, sweet dried cherries with salty shaved parmigiano and pistachios, and the thing that ties it all together is the vibrant dressing. transition into fall salad

I love making salads, the combinations are endless and when using seasonal produce you can get really creative.transition into fall salad

Toss this together for your family and friends and I promise, you won’t even miss the tomatoes!

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Transition into Fall with this Vibrant Tomato Free Salad
  • 1 bag of leafy greens
  • 1 12 ounce bag of haricots verts, steamed tender crisp
  • 4 large radishes, thinly sliced
  • A good handful of dried cherries, or dried cranberries
  • Shards of Parmigiano Reggiano made with a vegetable peeler, a good amount shown throughout the salad
  • pistachios or sliced toasted almonds, enough to scatter about
  • good quality olive oil
  • grainy mustard
  • a rich, balsamic vinegar one that has been aged and thicker than normal. Trader Joe's has a nice one from Modena that says gold on the label
  2. Whisk together equal parts of balsamic and olive oil and a small glop of grainy mustard, a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Mix the leafy greens with the beans, toss.
  4. Add cherries, radishes and cheese, toss.
  5. Place everything onto a nice platter, sprinkle with nuts.
  6. Spoon dressing all around and toss gently to coat.
  7. Enjoy


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  1. What a delicious looking transition!! I love autumn. The chill in the air first thing in the morning and then the warmth of the afternoon sun — bliss. And we still have remnants of summer veggies and fruit with the early fall arrivals. The urge to bake comes over me! Yep!! I’m excited to get started. Your salad does look exceptionally good as a switch. I like the touch of the dried cranberries in it! I saw your galette — YUM!! Have a wonderful day. Un abbraccio forte.

  2. Thank you for such a delicious salad! I made it last evening and my husband and son are still talking about how good it was.
    The dressing was so easy but perfect. My son took the leftovers for lunch the next day. I’m now a new follower on Instagram.

  3. Since I am in transition mode, this recipe arrived in my mailbox just in time. It makes the perfect dinner when you have had a large lunch or just want something a bit lighter. No loss of flavor, texture, crunch and variety with this salad, thank you Marie.