Today we are making salad. WHAT? WHY? I know I know… I have said time and time again I’m not a salad person. However, like most people, I CAN be persuaded to enjoy salad when its really really good. And this one, is REALLY really good. It’s so fall! It has squash, dried cranberries and a dressing that, according to greg’s sister, tastes like apple crisp.
Guess what? This recipe is actually inspired by one in my cookbook! You can see that recipe featured in the video at the bottom of this post, before I get into this version. But its next level with the “chicken” added. As a side, the book recipe is great! But if you want this to keep you full longer, or serve it as a main, you gotta add some protein!
For the chicken, we’re using my favourite seitan chicken. I’ve made this in many forms on this blog, like this, and this, so it should be somewhat familiar to you guys. However, if you don’t want to use seitan or are gluten-free, definitely replace the seitan with firm cubed tofu! You can still coat it in flour, drizzle with oil and bake to golden perfection!
So what does this salad really taste like?
Well, its a tender spinach salad and I added pea shoots in for some fun texture, but you can do any greens you like! The dressing is sweet & spiced with ginger and cinnamon, and a tad tangy to balance it all out. The squash is sweet, cranberries are tart, and “chicken” is crispy and golden. Each bite is a delight! Haha.