Yes. This is the perfect salad for fall. Loaded with the best autumn fruits and veggies. It’s sweet, savoury and full of different lovely textures. Walnuts, caramelised onions, grapes, pear and olives, shall I say anything else?
It’s crazy, where the hell did summer go? Not that it’s bad, I love autumn, I love grapes, figs, pumpkin and apples. I love walking in my favourite sweaters under the lovely orange trees and listening to some melancholic music. I also love fall soups and pastas. And salads. Just like this one. Healthy, satisfying and seriously delicious.
Let me end now with a little personal story. I’m sure you know the great joke. How can you tell if someone is a vegan? Don’t worry they will fucking tell you…Hahaha, so funny. So true. Or not. At least not for me.
Actually that’s what I’m just about to tell you, so I guess it’s true at the end. But you would be surprised how many people don’t know this about me.
I have been vegetarian for a very long time and now vegan for the past few months. In fact I was transitioning for quite some time but something always kept me back from saying I’m vegan. I guess because there are so many things I don’t like about the vegan community. Some people constantly make a battle of who is the better vegan. Who is louder. As if you don’t preach about veganism all the time you are a bad one. If you don’t share on Facebook shocking pictures of killed animals, you are not a real vegan. If you pin a pictures with an egg on it because you found the photography stunning, you are evil and not consequent. If you say the theory of speciesism is stupid, you are crazy. Not to mention if you dare to have non-vegan friends. My list could go on forever….
I don’t want to criticise anybody, all I want is to explain you why I don’t believe in strict categories and rules. I am not consuming animal products because I believe in equality and love, and I don’t believe in hate and judgement. I think veganism shouldn’t mean you only love animals but everybody. I hope you feel the same. And now let’s eat!
- 2 shallots, thinly sliced
- 2 large handful of arugula
- 1 cup of grapes
- 1 pear, thinly sliced
- ⅓ cup of walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
- ½ cup of olives
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1+2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lime, juice
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp mustard
- salt, pepper
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan over low heat. Add sliced onions and cook slowly for 10 minutes, then add coconut sugar and vinegar and cook for 5 more minutes or until onions are soft and caramelised. Stir onions occasionally.
- Meanwhile add arugula, pear, grapes, walnuts and olives to a salad bowl and prepare dressing.
- Mix together 2 tablespoons of oil with juice of a lime, maple syrup, mustard and seasoning. Pour over the salad.
- Add onions to the salad too. Mix everything together. Enjoy!