Thanksgiving is this week and we are about to stuff ourselves, so I’m squeezing in a few salads before then. This one has a great filling combo and the whole family liked it. The dressing can be a little strong so if you don’t dress the whole salad go light on individual bowls.

Favorite Fall Salad
(Adapted from Gimme Some Oven)

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SALAD INGREDIENTS:
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
fine sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
5 ounces arugula or baby kale
1 avocado, thinly sliced
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (or feta or blue cheese)
1/2 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted
1/3 cup dried cranberries

DRESSING INGREDIENTS:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 small clove garlic, pressed or minced
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper

To Make The Dressing: Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl (or shake together in a mason jar) until combined. Use immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

To Roast The Potatoes: Heat oven to 400°F. Spread the diced sweet potatoes out on a medium baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, and toss until the sweet potatoes are evenly coated. Season the sweet potatoes generously with salt and pepper. Then bake for about 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and lightly browned/caramelized around the edges.. Remove from the oven and set aside.

To Assemble The Salad: Once the sweet potatoes are ready to go, add them to a large serving bowl along with the arugula, avocado, goat cheese, nuts and cranberries. Drizzle with the dressing, and toss until combined. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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