Autumn Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette . Sprouted Kitchen

I'm pregnant! We're pregnant is what you say, I suppose, but I'm the one in the stretchy pants over here. So many things to say about this, friends, but I'm at a loss for words at the same time. This may be more of a generally-emotional-lady thing, so bear with me, but you know when you feel outside of yourself? Like little crazy trolls are frantic in your head making you irritable and easily bringing you to tears. Sometimes the trolls rest, but I generally feel a little... off. I have another human in my belly and trolls in my mind and I'm in absolute amazement that our bodies make people. I still can't believe it.

I have wanted to be a mom my entire life. I have never once doubted it. I was a big sister, and I mothered my little sister the moment she came home from the hospital. I covered her whole body in diaper cream and bossed her around. I mothered my own mother, too, from time to time. I would ask if she had her purse when we left the house and remind her to get gas when the dash light went. I enjoy taking care of people, I am a nurturer, I ask questions and listen for the answer, I love a really good, meaningful hug and a good cuddle. All I know is that this baby in my tum? I have desired him/her for as long as I can remember.

I'm so excited to be doing this with Hugh. He will be so good at being a dad. That is one of the things I am most excited to watch. I'm aware we're both imperfect people, figuring things out as we go, and I'm ok raising a family without having everything together. That's something I hope our child sees in us early on - that you do the best you can to love people well. You give and listen and compromise and work hard and stay present and use good manners and be honest and soak up the worlds' beauty, but remain aware that we're fallen people just doing our best, and you are completely loved anyway. I am so freaking excited to love this person. I tear up when I think of meeting you, baby. Every time. Do you feel me rub my belly when I get up to go to the bathroom 100x through the night? I just want you to know I'm thinking of you. I giggle to myself that there will now be another person to observe our quirkyness. I hope we don't completely embarrass it, even though that sounds inevitable if I remember my teen years correctly. Hugh and I are silly and laugh a lot and we're a little bit weird, but we have the greatest time. Gah! I am so excited this little person will be joining the silly. We've been waiting for people to join our home office dance party. It's only a matter of time now, baby.

So here we are. A precious baby coming end of May. Thank you for your patience while things have been a bit slow around here. I am not getting much cooking done, unfortunately. I am currently in a bean and cheese burrito phase. This is only after we've passed through cold cereal (there are so many types!), french fries, a fruit-heavy week, and a very short (gasp) cheeseburger stint. I feel a little outside myself and somehow wonderfully confident that we are as ready as we can be for this. With full hearts... Sara, Hugh and the nugget.


It needs to be said that getting pregnant was not easy for us. It took longer than we expected. We had some tests done, and we were told that we wouldn't be able to conceive on our own without alternative methods... which turned out not to be the case, thankfully. That season weighed heavy on my heart - something I wanted to talk about here but it didn't feel quite right. My heart is so tender for the woman who desires a child and is having a tough time getting pregnant. One month or two years of hoping, waiting and being disappointed, only to run the cycle again - not enough people talk about how that feels. Lady, huge hugs to you. You feel defeated, like your body is failing you, that it is SO EASY for everyone else. It doesn't feel any better when people tell you, "It will happen when it's supposed to happen," that just makes you feel more frustrated and want to punch them in the face. I may be on the other side for now, but I wanted to express some empathy for this group because it's a dark place to be and it feels super lonely. My suggestion to you is to find people - even when it seems easy for everyone else, I guarantee you there is someone else having a tough time or another woman who has a story. Talk about it, find a confidant, it will help keep your head above water.

Autumn Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette . Sprouted Kitchen

Autumn Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette . Sprouted Kitchen


This is a deconstruction for my sister. She had a similar salad at True Food Kitchen(side note, they have a gorgeous cookbook) and asked me to replicate it so she could bring it to Thanksgiving. The original had dried mulberries in it, and I think you could sub in cranberries or cherries, but I skipped this. I would consider the amount here a moderate addition of horseradish in the dressing. If you like a kick, want a more forward flavor, add more. There is no dairy in this salad as written, but next time, I'll be adding a generous sprinkling of parmesan on top and a dollop of creme fraiche to the dressing. 'Tis the season :) 

  • 3/4 lb. brussel sprouts
  • 3/4 lb. cauliflower florets
  • 3 cups butternut squash, in 1/2'' cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. white balsamic
  • 3/4-1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • few pinches of cayenne
  • 1 cup cooked white beans (great northern, cannellini etc.), rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 packed cups arugula
  • 1 Tbsp. prepared horseradish
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1/2 a shallot
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. each sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • handful of fresh chives and/or parsley
  • dollop of creme fraiche, optional


Autumn Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette . Sprouted Kitchen

Preheat the oven to 400'. Cut the brussels in half length wise, and cut the cauliflower into similar size chunks. Add both of these and the squash to a large rimmed baking tray. Drizzle the vegetables with the olive oil, balsamic, salt, pepper, nutmeg and few pinches of cayenne and toss everything together with your hands to coat. Roast in the upper third of the oven for 35 minutes until edges are browned.

While the vegetables roast, make your dressing. In a mini blender or processor, combine the horseradish, garlic, shallot, honey, white wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, herbs and creme fraiche, if using. Blend everything together to mix well. taste for salt and pepper and set aside.

As soon as the hot tray is out of the oven, add the beans onto the tray and toss everything together. Allow the vegetables to cool to room temperature. Add the pom seeds, arugula and a good drizzle or the dressing and toss everything to coat. Sprinkle with a little parmesan if you please.

This salad is served at room temperature, could be served cold as well if you chill the roasted vegetables.

Autumn Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette . Sprouted Kitchen

Reader Comments (171)

Congrats Sara and Hugh! I am so thrilled for you! You will be fabulous parents :) I am also so excited to make this salad...

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWinnie

I love you for your P.S. comment (also for your blog/recipes). It is SO lonely and difficult. There are many punch-in-the-face impulses. I wish more people would talk about it candidly, like you did. Congratulations and best wishes to you.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCZ

Congratulations to you both!!! Very exciting news... I wish you all the best in your pregnancy and look forward to some updates along the way :)

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

so many congrats! a beautiful post, as always - the recipe and the news :)

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertami

OH! Congrats. I can feel you glowing from the other side of the screen.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

Sara! I am ELATED for you. So happy. I had a suspicious when I noticed a little Pinterest board devoted to 'littles.' You are going to be such an amazing mama. You and Hugh will be the coolest parents. Play dates! P.S. May baby! We love those ;) xoxox

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKasey

Aw, Sara! Lump in my throat after the PS, thank you for writing that, and big hugs and love to you THREE.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShanna Mallon

Congratulations on that beautiful salad! Horseradish is my favorite and dang cauliflower?! Who would've thought?!

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEdlyn

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you and Hugh :-) And, as CZ said, I really appreciate the P.S. comment, too.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

Congratulations to you! And thank you also for your PS. As someone in that situation right now, I appreciate your words very much.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

Thank you for that last bit. As someone else who struggled to get pregnant, ended up turning to alternative methods, and who will soon (2 weeks!) be meeting her new baby, the little reminders that one is not alone is a gift. Heartfelt congratulations to you both.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkayce

Congrats to you both! Very exciting!

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ FloatingKitchen

Congrats on the wonderful news!! It truly is a miracle...making a human, that is. Enjoy and best wishes!!
p.s. the salad looks beautiful

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

Huge congratulations are in order! I'm sure you 2 are going to be great parents. So much love in your family!
Thank you for this gorgeous salad.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Congrats! I am also 3 months prego, and JUST came out of my "cold cereal" phase. It was literally the #1 thing i wanted to eat! Funny to hear someone else say it. I felt like such a weirdo.

Love your blog : )

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Hayes

I don't even know you and I'm so happy for you! Congratulations to you two. Enjoy the road ahead of you. :)

And about your P.S. -- I've been thinking a lot about babies lately, although for different reasons, and what you said resonated with me. Also, a dear friend of mine finally got pregnant after quite some time trying. I know she'd echo every one of your words.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebeca

yay!! I am a little further behind you in my third pregnany and I feel ya. I am an avid cook but nothing has been cooked in our kitchen for two months now! I eat super healthy when I'm not creating a human but sickness gets the best of me and I guess I've realized at least cinnamon toasters cereal is fortified? :)

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlie

Aw, Sara, this is such incredibly great news! Congratulations to you and Hugh. Can't wait to follow along with the Sprouted Kitchen Sprout.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPriscilla

FORTES. I'm so so so thrilled for you guys!!! Congratulations! You both are going to be such fun parents. That kid is already stoked :)
And, Amen to your words... Perfectly put Sara :) xoxo

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjackie wonders

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you two! And thank you for sharing a bit of your experience, many women in my life have had great difficulties getting pregnant or difficulties giving birth. I am so happy you are on the "other side" now. Good for you! P.S. quirky, silly, dancing parents are the best. :)

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKerrie

Wonderful news! Congratulations!!!

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Butterlust Blog

Aww Congratulations Sara and Hugh! You will be amazing parents. Enjoy the crazy months of pregnancy and I look forward to trying out this lovely looking salad xx

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJo

YAY! Congrats! I'm so sorry that there was so much challenge and struggle for you, but elated that it's all worked out for the wonderfullest. Lots of love. K

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimberley

Sara!!!!' I'm so so happy for you guys! You are gonna make one very good mama! Can't wait to see that bump grow. It's the best feeling in the world. Sending sooo many hugs your way!

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Eeeeeeee! Did you say something about salad?? All I heard was BABYYYYYYY!!! Huge, happy, hug-filled congrats to you both. Bean + cheese burritos sound pretty fantastic, too. Not a bad phase to be in. Wishing all THREE of you the absolute best! xo p.s. The salad looks excellent.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

"You give and listen and compromise and work hard and stay present and use good manners and be honest and soak up the worlds' beauty, but remain aware that we're fallen people just doing our best, and you are completely loved anyway." YES. So happy for you and Hugh and your little one on the way. Congrats, hugs, cheers, hip hip hooray!

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

Congratulations!! What an exciting journey you are on. There is no doubt that hold will be loved. We all just do the best we can and ultimately live is about love.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

tears! big, fat happy tears for you!!!

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

This salad is absolute perfection, as are the photos, as always! Congrats on the big news! Can't wait to meet the nugget!! P.S. I still read Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook just for fun. It's THEE best.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdana

YES!! I love that you opened straight away with this wonderful announcement. It brought a great smile to my face. Being a parent, I share your joy and wonder. How fantastic! Congratulations to you and Hugh :)

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Morrison

Congratulations!!! Wonderful news.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteremily (a nutritionist eats)

YAY! congrats! I have been in that dark, wanting, place and have always dreamed of being a mother as well (my first preschool report card says "Cindy is a good mommy to all of the classroom dolls)". The disappointment is crushing and it is hard to stay optimistic...though things are turning around for me and I am so, so thankful. That said, I am always so happy to hear when other people are joyfully expecting. Seriously, a million congrats.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercindy

This is wonderful news! I just have to say thank you. I'm there...the kind of there that hurts and is so very lonely. I've been there for a good long while now and it never gets easier. It's so amazing hearing stories of lost hope only to find a miracle. I don't know you guys personally, but we have several mutual friends. I know you will be amazing parents and hold yours a little tighter. Thank you for your empathetic heart. Others that are where you were feel it so. Love to all three of you!

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjulie

congratulations! that is beyond exciting! thank you for sharing your struggles with pregnancy, as well. not enough people bring it to light and i know it's an incredibly difficult thing to go through. enjoy your's a beautiful thing!! :)

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterashley (bloom & nourish)

Congrats Sara and Hugh! Little nugget is a very blessed baby. Sending our prayers for a safe and healthy pregnancy!!

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen O

Congratulations- I am so happy for you! Cant wait to see the exciting recipes your little one helps you create during your pregnancy! Its crazy how they take the wheel when it comes to your food choices!

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

Wow...what an awesome post to wake up in Australia and read....

I am currently very early in my pregnancy and we have had a very tough time getting there. I almost cried reading your post as i know we feel the same way, Congrats - this baby willl be loved to the moon and back...


November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercarly

Congratulations! Your kid is going to grow to love amazing food, that's for sure!

Congrats! It must be so exciting to be able to share and celebrate this news during the holiday season! Cheers!

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha @ Vignette

Thank you for this. For your words.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Super congrats! Becoming a mother or father is one of life's greatest moments. It will change your world in so many ways.

I'm pregnant too--and I agree, it's such an awesome experience knowing that you're creating another human being. I'm sorry it took awhile to get there. I agree, it doesn't matter if it's months or years, it's hard & lonely to wait. Even though I have several children, there have been many ups & downs getting each one, particularly with the last two. It took many cycles to get pregnant, & each time I got my period there was disappointment.

So happy for you two. You'll be wonderful parents.


November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanae @ bring joy

Aaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!! How wonderful! It feels like a dear friend just announced she's expecting. Praying God's richest blessing on your pregnancy and baby's sweet life.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJana

Hooray! Best news of the day. I'm sorry to hear it was a long road but so glad it worked out for the best. Hope you're feeling well. xo

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Congratulations to you and Hugh! What an incredible adventure the two of you are about to embark! Wow. We are so excited for the two of you and for the entire family. Excellent news and we are so excited. We love you.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Bob and Aunt Nellie

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so excited for you and Hugh. Someday we must meet in person, we have a mutual friend - so someday it will happen. ;) Thank you for telling your story - your discouragement in trying to get pregnant and your joys. We are not trying yet, but I love to hear lovely ladies my age and what they've gone through to welcome a new little one into the world. Sending lots of love to you both. xo

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrobyn @ The Freckled Pie

ahhhh how exciting, Sara! A huge congrats to you both! As always, your writing is beautiful and touching. :) Thanks for being so open. I may be biased, but I think May babies are great. hah.

I just had that very salad at True Food last week and was going to recreate it...I guess I don't have to anymore! It's one of the BEST salads I've had at a restaurant. Wish I had one nearby!

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

So happy for you, Sara! Big hug.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

Congrats, guys! I am so excited for you!

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecca Entenberg

Congratulations! What a blessed little one! Thank you for your honest words at the end and, as always, the incredibly stunning recipe.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

The best news! So happy for you both.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

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