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Fall Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This salad combines all your favorite fall flavors into one bowl! Roasted butternut squash, crisp apples, goat cheese, pecans, dried cranberries and pepitas are tossed with salad greens and a homemade Apple Cider Vinaigrette for a delicious meal or side dish.

Have leftover grilled chicken on hand? Add it to pump up the protein and turn this salad into a hearty meal.

Here’s what you need:

  • Salad Greens: Baby spinach, spring mix, baby kale are all great. I recommend a softer green over something like Romaine here though. We recommend checking out the Fresh Express salad greens line.
  • Butternut Squash: Roasted butternut squash is one of my favorite fall foods. Roasting it brings out a natural sweetness and makes it perfect for this salad. Other winter squashes like acorn or delicata are also great.
  • Goat Cheese: My favorite and pairs so well with the other ingredients here.
  • Apples: I love a sweeter apple like Honeycrisp or Gala here, but whatever apple you have on hand would work. Here’s a guide to different apple types to help you.
  • Toppings: Pecans, dried cranberries and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) all pair nicely, but feel free to mix in walnuts, sunflower seeds or other items you have on hand.
  • Homemade Vinaigrette: A simple mix of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup (or honey), Dijon mustard and salt.
Fall Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Fall Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Roasted butternut squash, crisp apples, goat cheese, pecans, dried cranberries and pepitas are tossed with salad greens and a homemade Apple Cider Vinaigrette for a delicious meal or side dish.

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Fall Harvest Salad

  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (5 oz.) package Fresh Express Spinach & Arugula mix
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pepitas

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Toss butternut squash with oil, salt and pepper. Spread on baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes, or until tender. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  3. Add salad greens to large bowl. Top with butternut squash, goat cheese, apple, pecans, dried cranberries and pepitas.
  4. Whisk apple cider vinegar, oil, maple syrup, mustard and salt in small bowl until well combine. Pour over salad and toss to combine.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 14gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 272mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 6g

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Amber Gray

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Amber Gray

Amber is the new mom to a baby girl and navigating the world of diapers, first foods and very little sleep. She has been a part of the Produce for Kids team for 9 years, overseeing all digital marketing efforts including digital partnerships, content strategy, social media, website and email marketing. A passion for healthy cooking was instilled in her at a young age, cooking alongside her mom and sister in the kitchen. Her passion for cooking, food and photography has also brought her behind the lens to develop and photograph recipes for Produce for Kids and partners.

2 Comments on Fall Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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  1. Love it

    • Grace Vilches

      Thanks, Keila! Definitely one of our faves for fall 🙂

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