Deluxe Cherry and Fennel Salad

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on July 8, 2013

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We made it to Calgary! The dogs are ecstatic, we’re overjoyed, and the car is happy to be resting.

When I was in Calgary a couple of weeks ago to look for a home for us, little pieces aligned and, miraculously, Kevin and I were able to get our Airdrie home back. The universe works in mysterious ways, I tell ya! Our tenants move out on August 1 so we’ll be living in my parents’ little bungalow on the edge of the city until our home is ready to welcome us back.

Life has been go, go, go, go, go for the past 10 months. I forget what relaxing feels like. That’s not a good thing.

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Most importantly, one should be well-versed in creating relaxing moments throughout their day, regardless of where they are. Recharge the batteries, forget about the worries and just live moment to moment.

I’m totally sucking at this right now. Are you any good at it?

I know how to do it, it just hasn’t been a priority for me lately. But I’m making a commitment to change this very instant. Living moment to moment, taking time to relax throughout my day, is the name of the game this week. Starting with loading my body full of fresh veggies and eat it (relaxingly) at the kitchen table, staring out into the sunny day.

Care to join me?

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Deluxe Cherry and Fennel Salad
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Allergens: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 2
 
A fresh summer salad with plump cherries, fennel and beets, smothered in a mustard vinaigrette dressing.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted raw pumpkin seeds
Dressing:
Salad:
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, cut matchstick style
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced thin
  • ½ cup pitted cherries
  • ½ cup roughly chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 large red beet, cut matchstick style
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Add pumpkin seeds to a small frying pan and heat on medium heat, rotating frequently to avoid burning. Toast for 2-3 minutes, until the seeds are lightly browned on both sides.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Add dressing ingredients to the bowl of your food processor or blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. Set aside.
  4. Add all salad ingredients (everything but the beets) to a large salad bowl. Add toasted seeds and dressing, stir to coat.
  5. Serve immediately and stir in beets just before you do, or chill for a couple of hours and stir in beets before serving just so that they don’t color the whole salad red.

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Add pumpkin seeds to a small frying pan and heat on medium heat, rotating frequently to avoid burning. Toast for 2-3 minutes, until the seeds are lightly browned on both sides.

Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Add dressing ingredients to the bowl of your food processor or blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. Set aside.

Add all salad ingredients (everything but the beets) to a large salad bowl. Add toasted seeds and dressing, stir to coat.

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Serve immediately and stir in beets just before you do, or chill for a couple of hours and stir in beets before serving just so that they don’t color the whole salad red.

You can top the salad with freshly ground pepper and a sprinkle of salt, too.

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I used pear white balsamic for this recipe (because it’s just so darn delicious!) but any white balsamic would do the trick.

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And, in an effort to capture just a bit of relaxation this morning, here are a couple of relax-inducing photos from our time in Ontario. We visited an insanely awesome jungle cat wildlife park outside of Toronto called Jungle Cat World, went on a 2 hour cruise along Lake Huron, hung out at the pier all day (with our laptops, of course), and found a little cabin in the woods that we called home for one glorious evening.

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Shel@PeachyPalate

Yay for making it! Can’t wait to hear more about the move and how you’re settling in!

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Michelle Roebuck

Right this very moment, I’m struggling with stress and find that my little moments of attempted time-outs only serve to rile me up even more… Either that or I find myself checking out completely rather than finding healthful ways of reconnecting. It’s frustrating and I know that I’m simply out of resonance with the present and feeling a lot of resistance toward the “what is” and “what needs doing” of the right here & now. I want to be somewhere else doing something else with someones else and that always has a high suck factor. I’m trying to accept it without becoming dully resigned to it – I know there are plenty of things for me to do to work through and out of this time period… It’s just a deep breath (or ten) then push on until I can do those things. Maybe I’ll go grab some Danielle LaPorte lovin’ for lunch then make a plan to come back to this delicious-looking salad later on!

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Kaycee@ FitFace

I never would have though to combine al those ingredients on my own. what.a.genious.
Thanks Leanne!!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

I recognize that balsamic! :) Glad you’ve been putting it to good use! I’m so happy that you and Kevin made it back safely. I can’t wait to hear about the road trip! I’m sure it’ll feel great to settle back into your home. In the meantime, this salad looks awesome! I totally hear ya on the battery recharging thing. Strangely, I’m starting to feel ‘fully charged’ again these days, and it’s been a while since I’ve been able to say that!

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charlottepb

I’m a planner/ organiser, rubbish at the here and now. Luckily my husband trys to make me more spontaious and just relax and say it’s ok to chill. lovely looking salad just the inspiration I need as another of my traits are to be super healthy and then loose it for a week but feel guilty about it. Good luck with the move in. x

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Penny

I’m glad to hear that you made it!
I don’t know if I’ll ever make this salad, because I’m a raw beet wimp, but I will definitely be trying the dressing as soon as some white balsamic vinegar joins the party in my pantry
With two toddlers and a partner who is away from home for long hours, chances to relax are rare. I almost posted non existent, and then I remembered that my 1 yr old has been going down at 9 every night, leaving me an hour to sprawl on the couch with my feet up, and my partner’s schedule has eased for the summer, so I get to have a hot shower tonight. Thank you for the reminder to take care of me!

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Kathy

So happy to hear you are safe and sound and off the roads and your doggies are able to move about now, thank you for sharing this lovely beautiful meal. You ROCK!!! Hugs.

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Sue from Pleasanton

Wow! Getting the house you left is amazing. Must be karma. So happy for you all.

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Andrea @ Vibrant Wellness Journal

holla! That salad is so totally gorgeous!

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Dana

I’m sucking at the here and now, um… here and now, but I always *plan* to be more relaxed in the future. Ha. Thank you for the reminder to get some daily r&r in. ;)

So happy to hear that you got your Airdrie home back! Sounds like everything is falling into place quite nicely for you and Kevin.

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Rebecca

Hi Leanne,
That salad looks so delicious , I will be making my
Own version of it today !!!
So happy you got your to move back into your home
How cozy that will feel not to mention relaxing
To be in familiar surroundings .
Take care and keep those pretty salads coming
Please .
P.s
I love the dessert book , awesome omega balls!!!

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Joanna

Made this for my dinner tonight, what a great combination! I would never have thought of putting cherries in a salad, but they work so well with the earthy vegetables :) good luck with the rest of the move.

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