Fall Salad with Roasted Acorn Squash

Posted on September 11, 2014
Hey Everybody! I’ve been on a serious salad kick lately, hence another fall salad to share with you today! While fall is all about comfort food, sometimes it’s nice to lighten things up a little bit, and this salad is a great way to get some fall flavor, just in a healthier form! It’s filled with peppery arugula, creamy Gorgonzola cheese, chopped nuts and dried fruit, shredded chicken, and topped with some sweet, roasted acorn squash. It’s my new favorite salad. Although I did say that about the Fall Quinoa Salad that I shared with you a couple of days ago; I’m very indecisive! I hope you’ll love them both as much as I do!
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FALL SALAD WITH ROASTED ACORN SQUASH
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YOU WILL NEED
SALAD
Arugula (or other greens you like)
1 acorn squash
1 – 2 tbs olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Shredded chicken
Chopped walnuts or pecans
Dried Cranberries
Optional: sliced crisp apple or pear, poached egg, homemade croutons
VINAIGRETTE
Olive oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Honey
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DIRECTIONS
1. First, prepare your acorn squash. Cut it in half, scoop out all the seeds, then cut the squash into half moon slices about 1/2 inch thick. Toss them in some olive oil and season them well with salt and pepper, then bake in an even layer at 400 deg F for about 20 minutes, or until soft.
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2. In a large bowl, whisk together your vinaigrette. I use equal parts of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, season that with salt and pepper, and add in some honey for a little bit of sweetness, which works well with the sweet acorn squash. Then, add in your greens. I like to use arugula because of its peppery bite, but baby spinach would work well too, or any other greens you may have on hand! Toss gently with the vinaigrette, then divide between your plates and top with shredded chicken, Gorgonzola cheese, dried cranberries, chopped nuts and the roasted acorn squash! Serve with some crusty white bread!
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For another great fall salad, try THIS Fall Quinoa Salad!
Happy Cooking, Everyone!
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6 Comments

  • Reply Kristen Chidsey September 12, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I am loving all these fall salads you are sharing!! Yum!

    • Reply Maria September 13, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks, Kristen!

  • Reply Rina I Thee Cook September 13, 2014 at 7:07 am

    This screams fall!

    • Reply Maria September 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Ha! It sure does! I love seasonal food 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, hope you’re having a good weekend 🙂

  • Reply GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart September 16, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Oh, all of these wonderful recipes… I want to make them all! I did recently bake an acorn squash and had it with just butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Fall food is so good!

    • Reply Maria September 17, 2014 at 9:03 am

      That sounds so good, especially with the brown sugar! I love the sweetness of acorn squash! And I agree, fall food is so good! Happy (almost) fall to you, hope you have a wonderful one! 🙂

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