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Warm Autumn Salad w/ Shaved Parsnips + Pecans

Warm Autumn Salad w/ Shaved Parsnips + Pecans | Well and Full

Happy Autumn, everyone!!

It’s officially fall and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve actually been sitting on this recipe for the past year (!!) waiting for fall to come around again so I could post it. And now that it’s actually that time of year again, I’m simply brimming with excitement. I love autumn (especially September) because:

  1. It’s my birthday (this Saturday, actually!). I’m turning 24 on the 24th!
  2. It’s the season for apples and pumpkin and cinnamon and chai and so many delicious yummies
  3. The weather is SO NICE AND COOL
  4. The foliage in New England is the best in the world
  5. So many fun activities! Football, apple picking, hiking… the possibilities are endless.
  6. Apple. Cider. Donuts.

I could probably go on for a few more years about all the things I love about fall, but I’ve got to save some things to talk about for next year! ;) So instead, I thought I’d share some of my favorite autumn-y recipes from across the web that I can’t wait to make this year:

And a few throwbacks from yours truly:

Happy Fall, friends!!

Warm Autumn Salad w/ Shaved Parsnips + Pecans | Well and Full

Warm Autumn Salad w/ Shaved Parsnips + Pecans

This warm autumn salad is a celebration of fall's bounty, with parsnips, hearty autumn kale, and warming chipotle pecans.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  • 1/2 Cup Wheatberries uncooked
  • 1/2 Head Purple Kale torn
  • Handful of Baby Green Kale
  • Shavings from 1 Parsnip
  • Juice from 1 Lemon

Chipotle Pecans

  • 1 1/2 Cups Pecan Halves
  • 1 Tbs Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Paprika

Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 3 Tbs Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tbs Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Clove Garlic minced
  • 1/4 Tsp Fresh Thyme
  • Pinch of Salt + Pepper


  • Start by cooking the wheatberries. Bring wheatberries and 1 1/2 cups water to boil, then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Then, mix pecans, maple syrup, and spices. Toast in the oven on the broil setting for 3-4 minutes, watching to ensure they don't burn.
  • To make the maple mustard vinaigrette, combine all dressing ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  • Next, put the purple kale in bowl. Add the juice from 1 lemon, and massage juice into the leaves for about 30 seconds.
  • To assemble the salad, combine massaged purple kale, baby kale, parsnip shavings, cooked wheatberries, and pecans. Mix.
  • Serve with the maple mustard vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Warm Autumn Salad w/ Shaved Parsnips + Pecans | Well and Full


  • Reply
    Abby @ Heart of a Baker
    September 22, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Happy happy fall! Also, happy almost birthday! Thanks for including me sweet friend, have a lovely weekend! xo

    • Reply
      September 23, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Thank you Abby!! :D I hope you have a great weekend as well <3

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    valentina | sweet kabocha
    September 22, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Fall, my favorite season! At least, it was in Italy, I’m so curious about it in the SF bay area. Btw, those chipotle pecans rock!

    • Reply
      September 23, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Thanks girl! Those chipotle pecans ARE pretty delicious ;) Hope you have a wonderful autumn!!

  • Reply
    dixya @food, pleasure, and health
    September 22, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    happy fall..and happy almost birthday :)

    • Reply
      September 23, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Thank you Dixya!!!

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    Natalie | Feasting on Fruit
    September 23, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Fall salads are the best! I don’t think they get enough credit, but once you add in the nuts and all the fresh greens and maybe some hearty grains or sweet fruits it is magical. Speaking of magical, that dressing. Maple and mustard are two of my absolute favorite dressing ingredients. I some how end up using them in almost every dressing I make lol. Just so perfectly balanced. This looks marvelous, and that is quite a mouthwatering list to try there too :) Happy almost birthday!!

    • Reply
      September 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you Natalie!! And I totally agree, fall salads are the best, especially when they’re warm and hearty! :D

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    danielle | rooting the sun
    September 24, 2016 at 10:33 am

    happy fall and happy birthday september baby! (i’m next tuesday). this salad is full of all the flavors i crave this time of year, sarah! i’m a huge parsnip love and. i can’t wait to indulge in this delicious bowl, the pecans sound so fantastic. i’ve been absent from the internet for a little while, but i hope all is well with you and you have my undying affection sweet lady. xo

  • Reply
    Maya | Spice + Sprout
    September 24, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Happy birthday Sarah!!! I hope you’re having an amazing day, girl :) I love autumn too, so much opportunity for exploring nature and then cozying up with a treat and a hot mug of something. I wish we could go apple picking and hiking together, New England sounds so beautiful! Thanks for including my recipe in your links, lots of love directed your way <3 <3 <3

  • Reply
    September 24, 2016 at 11:37 am

    So many things to say, Sarah. First and foremost though, Happy 24th Birthday! Have you got any particular celebration plans or are you taking a low key approach and treating it like any other day? Whatever the case, I hope you have a fabulous one and are feeling ready for the upcoming year.
    Apart from that, let me just say that I love that you’re starting into the season with a SALAD, as opposed to say a stew or whatever, because summer’s coming to an end should, in my option, not necessarily have to mean “see ya next year, salads”. Fancy a salad in winter? Salad up!
    And lastly, thanks for the links, looks like you’ve got quite a few interesting ones in the bunch, which I’m going to get reading right away ;)
    Happy weekend, and all the best xx

  • Reply
    Meredith Youngson
    September 26, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    CHIPOTLE…..PECANS??? Honestly girl, you had me at that. Plus wheat berries have this hearty fall feel to them I need in my belly!

    • Reply
      September 26, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      You’ve gotta try the chipotle pecans, they’re so good!! So autumn-y!! :D Thanks girl!

  • Reply
    Sus //
    September 28, 2016 at 10:03 am

    5 stars
    Happy birthday for Saturday, oh to be 24 again! A lovely collection of recipes, some faves of mine in there. This salad is all the tasties, I am loving the sound of these pecans! Happy thoughts to you Sarah.

    • Reply
      September 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind note, Sus! :)

  • Reply
    January 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    5 stars
    This salad is PERFECT! Making it along with your raw marzipan cookies =) YUM!

    • Reply
      January 8, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Thank you Ashley!! :D

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