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Easy winter salad recipe

Winter salad

This is the best easy winter salad recipe. I am known in the family for making the best salads and it’s a title I take seriously. This one is perfect for Christmas or New Years too. Roasted brussel sprouts add a nice flavor, topped with pomegranate arils that look like little jewels and the cinnamon candied nuts for the perfect sweet crunch! It’s great paired with pork, turkey or a beef.  I’m sharing my recipe below.

Easy Winter Salad Recipe

Easy Winter Salad

Ingredients:

For the salad

  • 2 cups brussels sprouts, sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • dash of cinnamon
  • For the greens I like to use frisee, kale, spring mix, or a half and half blend of spinach and arugula
  • 2 pears, sliced
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 log goat cheese crumbled

For the dressing

  • 1/2  cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp  honey
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • dash of salt to taste

Directions:

1.) Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

2.) On a sheet pan lined with foil, divide the pan in half. On one side toss the brussel sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper. On the other side add the nuts, maple syrup, and cinnamon, coating evenly. Sprinkle the nuts with salt. Bake in the oven until roasted about 15-29 minutes. Be sure to stir the nuts periodically.

3.) While the brussel sprouts and nuts are roasting, in a large salad bowl, add the greens, sliced pears, pomegranate arils goat cheese.

4.) Once the brussel sprouts and nuts are roasted, remove from the oven and add into the salad. Toss evenly.

5.) When ready to serve, prepare the dressing. Add all of the dressing ingredients into a mason jar, top and shake. Then lightly pour over the salad.

Enjoy!!!

easy winter salad with roasted brussel sprouts, pomegranate arils and pears

Easy winter salad recipe with brussel sprouts, pears and candied nuts

 

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For more of my favorite salads check out

My Peach Arugula Salad – this is nice in the summer

My Reuben Salad Bowl – perfect if you love a good Reuben Sandwich

 

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18 In food/ Recipes

How to make the best goat cheese board

How to make the best goat cheese board

You know those viral butter boards? Well how about a goat cheese board? A big board slathered with yummy tangy goat cheese and various toppings is a great appetizer for the holidays or getting together with friends! Scroll down to see how to make the best goat cheese board.

And all of you charcuterie lovers are in for a real treat today! Because I am participating in a blog hop all about different kinds of charcuterie boards. If you are coming from Tammy from The White Lilac Farmhouse, welcome, and I hope you stick around! Also, how perfect is her hot chocolate board?

Get ready to pin or save all of these charcuterie board ideas.

And as always, I love to see what you create, so be sure to tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

How to make the best goat cheese board

How to make a goat cheese board You will need:

  • a large board
  • goat cheese (I used 2 logs)
  • toppings

When choosing toppings you can pick whatever you want but here are some things that I think are great options:

  • nuts
  • dried fruits (aprciots, cherries, cranberries)
  • jellies, preserves or an apple/pumpkin butter
  • cured meats
  • fresh herbs
  • drizzle with honey, balsamic glaze, olive oil
  • serve with some crackers, pita chips, or crostini

I chose to make a trio of different flavors so there’s a variety but you can do whatever you’d like!

Here is my recipe:

You will want to start by taking your goat cheese out of the refrigerator and allowing to get to room temp to make it easy to spread. Using a spoon or spatula, spread onto your board. Goat cheese board whipped goat cheese Divide the board into 3 sections lengthwise. In the first section, top with dried cherries, dried apricots and nuts. Drizzle with honey. goat cheese board In the middle, top with some pepper jelly. goat cheese with red pepper jelly On the last section, top with blackberries, chopped basil, grated lemon and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Goat cheese board Doesn’t this look delicious??? how to make the best goat cheese

 

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How to make the best goat cheese board

My friend Wendy made the best Christmas morning breakfast board. Click here to go to her next!

 

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21 In food/ Recipes

Pumpkin bread bowl

Pumpkin bread bowls

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I love soup season! Sometimes there’s nothing better than some homemade soup in a nice crusty bread bowl. So naturally in honor of fall and after seeing how much you loved the pumpkin baked brie, I had to make pumpkin shaped bread bowls.

Using a store bought dough makes it so easy! Literally thaw, shape and bake! This would also be a cute vessel for dips for Thanksgiving too! Scroll down to see how I made a pumpkin bread bowl.

How to make a Pumpkin Bread Bowl

You will need:

  • Frozen store bought dough
  • Egg
  • Twine

Start by thawing the dough. Take a large baking sheet, spray with cooking spray and place the loaves on the sheet. Next take a piece of parchment paper, spray with cooking spray, and place over the frozen dough, spray side down so that it doesn’t stick or make a mess.

Once the dough has thawed (about 2-3 hours), cut the loaves into halves and roll into a ball.

Now here is where you can learn from my mistakes-Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut 4 pieces of twine and lay out so that they look like spokes of a wheel. Place each ball of dough on top, and again cover with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray, spray side down.

Allow the dough to rise for a few hours. (Originally I had allowed the dough to rise first and then tried wrapping with twine and it got messy).

Pumpkin bread bowls

Once the dough has risen, you are ready to shape your pumpkin bowls.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring up the sides of the twine and tie in the center so that it makes the shape of a pumpkin and gives you seams. Trim any excess twine.

Pumpkin bread bowls

Prepare an egg wash by cracking an egg in a bowl, add a splash of water and whisk completely.

Using a pastry brush, brush the dough with the egg wash.

Bake the dough for about 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Pumpkin bread bowls

Allow your pumpkins to cool briefly and then cut and remove the twine.

Pumpkin bread bowls

Use a knife to cut the tops off and scoop out some bread from the sides to make a larger vessel to hold your soup or dips.

Fill and serve!

Pumpkin bread bowls

Pumpkin bread bowls

My homemade butternut squash soup is my absolute favorite to serve in these pumpkin bread bowls for the perfect fall dish! Click here for my recipe.

My medicine ball chicken noodle soup is delish in this bread bowl too!

I love to see what you create! So if you make this, be sure to take a photo and share on Instagram, tagging me @ourtiny_nest!

 

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20 In food/ home/ Recipes

Apple Pear Fall Sangria

Fall Sangria

This post is sponsored by Free Spirit Bundle but all thoughts and opinions are my own

Remember Thirsty Thursday in college? Well I’m coming to you with a delish cocktail this Thursday and it’s a little more elevated than those jugs or boxes of wine you maybe used to drink when you were younger. Scroll down for my Apple Pear Fall sangria recipe and an exclusive code for my followers.

Apple Pear Fall Sangria

Apples, cider, white wine and pear vodka come together for a refreshing fall beverage.  Whether you’re getting together with friends or serving for the holidays, this sangria is a beautiful cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • Pear vodka
  • 2 apples sliced
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • cinnamon bark

Directions:

In a large pitcher add the apple slices, rosemary and cinnamon sticks.

Pour the wine, apple cider and vodka – I don’t measure 😉

Stir until combined.

You can serve immediately or let sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to enhance the flavors.

Apple Pear Fall Sangria

This would be a great beverage to serve for Thanksgiving! And isn’t this pitcher gorgeous? It came in this quarter’s Free Spirit Bundle Box. Your quarterly subscription gets you a luxury box of eclectic decor items, an online community with access to an interior designer and helps give back. Use my code NICOLLE on your first subscription and a complimentary handmade gift as a Thank You <3. Click here to get your bundle.

I love to see what you create. If you make this, be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest.

Other ideas you may like:

This fall tablescape idea

This pumpkin baked brie – omg so delish!

This simple Thanksgiving place setting idea

 

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