the leaves started to change color up here about two weeks ago but today was the first time that i could smell the autumn leaves as they crunched under my feet when i went running. where the reds, oranges, and yellows used to be a sporadic sighting that i had to be on the lookout to see, those rich colors are now slowly overtaking the formerly green leaves.
i know most people get excited about all of the colors that pop out in the spring but i’ve always preferred fall and winter (really bad allergies in the spring *might* have something to do with this…). i’ll take fall foliage over new spring growth every time. even just driving on the highway these days is so gorgeous, with all of the trees that line the sides of the road bursting with color.
this roasted butternut squash salad is like fall foliage on a plate. (how was that for a smooth transition?!) in addition to lending a beautiful orange hue to the salad, the roasted squash is warm and comforting so that you don’t feel like you’re just eating a big, cold salad as you draw your favorite cozy wool sweater closer over your shoulders.
served with a loaf of crusty bread (which
i’m working on testing for us… is posted!) and some good olive oil, this is my idea of a perfect fall meal for those days when the sun is warm at midday but by evening, as the sun is going down, a slight chill settles in the air. warm, comforting, but not quite all the way to hearty soup just yet.