Think Seasonal: Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Honey Dressing

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Whenever I find myself stuck in a cooking rut, I remember to think seasonal. Eating seasonally, or buying produce that is in season based on growing zone, always serves as a way to add variety to my meal planning when I’m feeling fed up with my usual fare. In honor of the recent transition to crisp days, we’ve created a fall-inspired Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Honey Dressing perfect for indulging the need for heartier meals. Enjoy!

Recipe

  • 1 cup Kale
  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup tomato
  • 1/4 cup cucumber
  • 1/4 cup carrot
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1/4 cup red grapes
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon toasted slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup avocado
  • 1/4 cup asparagus
  • 4 ounces chicken breast

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Pumpkin Honey Dressing

  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Wedderspoon Limited Edition Manuka Honey KFactor 22
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon water

Steps:

Sauté broccoli + carrots  with a bit of non-stick olive oil spray and garlic powder (this makes the broccoli slightly charged and crunchy)! Do the same for the asparagus.

Mix all ingredients together and serve over the Harvest salad.

Excited to try our newest Manuka honey? Not only is our KFactor 22 the rarest and most unique of all our Manuka honeys, but it also boasts the highest pollen count (90%) with the strongest antioxidant and immune boosting properties of the entire line. We are thrilled to announce that 5% of sales from this amazing honey will be donated to support The Rodale Institute’s research on Bee conservation.

We are offering an incredible 20% off sale to celebrate non-GMO month so make sure to take advantage of these deals before the end of the month!

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As the Weather Cools, the Hive Heats Up

Honeybees, in their constant drive to protect the hive, spend all spring and summer preparing food stores to survive on during the cool winter months. When temperatures drop in late fall, these worker bees return back to the hive from their foraging to form a ‘winter cluster’, a tightly knit huddle formed specifically to protect the queen from the brutally cold temperatures that would otherwise kill her and the rest of her hive. Incredibly, these intrepid workers have devised a brilliant system to maintain their environment at an almost tropical temperature, all winter long.

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Working at a dizzying speed, honeybees surround the queen in a cluster shape and begin to flutter their wings in continuous motion. Much like humans shiver to keep warm in cold temperatures, these bees pump their muscles to produce heat for themselves and their queen. They gather in layers and rotate positions to create a structure that effectively insulates the queen and her entire clan. Honey stores, the liquid gold these honeybees have produced throughout the warmer months, are the key to keeping this intricate dance in motion; without adequate nourishment these workers fail to perform their duty to the hive. Consequently, keeping honeybees stocked with honey and keeping pesticides out of hives is vital to honeybee hive health. It’s with this objective in mind that we created July Honey Month alongside our partner, Rodale Institute.

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We are thrilled to be a supporter of the Non-GMO Project and in celebration of Non-GMO Month, are offering 20% off our entire selection of Non-GMO verified honeys! Check our brand new website for details and to shop the sale!

Sources:

http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-do-bees-do-in-winter/

http://www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com/help-honey-bees-survive-winter/