Whenever JP and I go out to dinner I almost always order something really veggie heavy. A salad, or “bowl” of some sort. I’m totally a plant girl. It’s just honestly what I ENJOY eating….well, that and french fries.
I feel like I can order my big bowl of greens because I know half of my kid’s french fries will fall onto my plate at some point. One or two, here or there, to start, but by the end of dinner, I’m grabbing handfuls of fries and putting them right into my salad.
Am I the only mom who does that? Please tell me we all actually eat of the kid’s menu 😉
So this salad is sort of an homage to my deep love affair with salad & fries (it’s like milk and cookies).
Plus I just can’t get enough of all these fall flavors. Roasted sweet potatoes, apples, and a sweet & spicy maple ginger dressing, this salad is like a cozy fall sweater. A cozy fall sweater dressed up as a big old bowl of yum that requires a fork AND a knife.
Let’s jump right to the star of this dish, the chipotle honey roasted sweet potato fries. Do you ever make your own fries at home? They’re such a great thing to make at home, but I find that sweet potatoes are the easiest variety of fries to make.
Here’s how I make them. I start off by peeling one large sweet potato. Then I cut it into large matchsticks. They don’t have to be perfect. My “fries” are about 1/4 inch thick, but it doesn’t really matter. Make them whatever size you like, and whatever’s easiest for you to cut. They don’t have to be perfect.
Then I toss them in a ton of salt, chipotle chili powder, honey, and olive oil. I give it all a big toss. Then place on a parchment-lined baking dish in the oven at 425. You want the fries to get really nice & crispy. The smell is incredible, and the honey helps the sweet potatoes “brown” beautifully. Plus I love how sweet potatoes can carry a little “heat”. The chipotle seasoning works really well here.
While I can’t get enough of these chipotle honey roasted sweet potatoes, this dressing is pretty amazing too. I love a good sweet and spicy dressing and this maple ginger dressing is pretty divine.
Ginger is one of my favorite fall flavors. It’s refreshing and bright, but also warm and spicy. I love how it pairs here with the maple syrup and apple cider vinegar. This is one of my favorite salad dressings that I use all the time. And you’ll want to be extra generous with the dressing on this one. Go ahead and add a little extra 😉
If you’re looking for a salad that’s cozy and savory and sweet and just makes you feel cozy and happy all over – this is it, friends. I hope you love it as much as I do!
For more fall recipe inspiration be sure to check one of my favorite fall dishes, our roasted butternut squash pasta.