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Maple Roasted Acorn Squash Salad

October 30, 2019

The ultimate fall salad is this maple roasted acorn squash salad tossed with a deliciously decadent pomegranate vinaigrette. The perfect way to get in your seasonal veggies!

When I have a good salad, I quickly become obsessed. I don’t know if it’s because all salads are not created equal or if I’m just picky when it comes to salads! Well this squash salad definitely falls in the “obsessed” category. I love the mix of warm and cool ingredients, the fall flavors and the refreshing vinaigrette!

This salad comes together really quickly – the part that takes the longest is roasting the squash but after you have that done, it’s just a matter of mixing up the rest of the ingredients.

Fall Squash Salad Ingredients:

  • Acorn squash
  • Baby arugula or green of your choice
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Maple syrup
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Sea salt and pepper

Acorn Squash 101 – Yes! You can eat the skin.

Acorn squash is a winter squash that is shaped similarly to an acorn! They’re typically dark green in color with an orange patch near the stem. The inner flesh is yellow-ish orange, similar to butternut squash. It has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor but it’s pretty mild. After cooking, the skin is fairly soft making it okay to eat! If you don’t love the texture you can always remove the peel before cooking. Acorn squash is rich in vitamins and minerals, most notably vitamin C, potassium and magnesium. 

Here’s how to chop your acorn squash for this fall squash salad:

1. Chop off top and base of acorn squash.

2. Slice acorn squash length-wise from top to bottom. Scoop out seeds.

3. Place squash flesh side down and chop into 1/4-1/2 inch sized slices.

How to Make Roasted Acorn Squash

Like I mentioned above, the most time consuming part of this recipe is roasting the squash. 

STEP 1: See above for how to cut your acorn squash.

STEP 2: In a large bowl, combine maple syrup and olive oil. Dip each piece of squash into the mixture to coat both sides and then lay on a sheet of parchment paper or silicone-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle slices with salt and pepper.

STEP 3: Roast them for 15 minutes at 425ºF, flip and roast for another 10 minutes on the other side. 

Assembling Your Squash Salad

After cooking your squash, the salad is super simple to assemble. Mix the arugula, pomegranate seeds and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl and top with the roasted squash. In a small bowl or mason jar, mix the red wine vinegar, olive oil, pomegranate juice and maple syrup. Drizzle the vinaigrette dressing over the salad just before serving.

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Maple Roasted Acorn Squash Salad

The ultimate fall salad is this maple roasted acorn squash salad tossed with a deliciously decadent pomegranate vinaigrette. The perfect way to get in your seasonal veggies!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Roast
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale

For the Maple Roasted Acorn Squash:

  • 1 acorn squash (approx 2 lbs)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

For the salad:

  • 6 large handfuls of baby arugula (or green of choice)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Instructions

For the Maple Roasted Acorn Squash:

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Cut off top and bottom of squash, then cut in half (lengthwise) and scoop out seeds. *
  3. Lay each side down and cut width-wise into strips.
  4. In a large bowl combine maple syrup and olive oil.
  5. Dip each piece into the mixture to coat both sides and then lay on a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. Roast them for 15 mins on side one, flip and roast for another 10 mins on the other side.

For the salad:

  1. Combine all salad ingredients and then top with squash.

For the dressing:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Top onto salad just before serving.

*If squash is hard to cut, place in microwave for 3-4 minutes before cutting with a sharp knife. If you do not like to eat the skin, peel skin before slicing

Keywords: Squash salad, acorn squash salad, roasted squash salad, fall salad

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    October 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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    Jodie @ Source One Nutrition
    October 24, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Such timing! My post a couple of days ago is the first where I went out on a limb, got personal, and was emotionally storytelling. It is something that I had been struggling with, if I wanted to go there. After I published it, I felt great and have had great support and feedback. If not for technology, it would not have been possible. I’m just starting the journey of finding my voice, but authenticity feels awesome! Keep up your great work!!!

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    Jodie @ Source One Nutrition
    October 24, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Such timing! My post a couple of days ago is the first where I went out on a limb, got personal, and was emotionally storytelling. It is something that I had been struggling with, if I wanted to go there. After I published it, I felt great and have had great support and feedback. If not for technology, it would not have been possible. I’m just starting the journey of finding my voice, but authenticity feels awesome! Keep up your great work!!!

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    Nikki @ Quest for Balance
    October 24, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I think technology enhances emotional story telling. It’s not selling out to look at some numbers and see what kinds of things people like to read about most. Would you consistently talk to a friend about things that didn’t matter to them? Um no. You would obviously share aspects of your life that resonate with them most! If anything technology provides you with a better opportunity to turn your blog into a platform for two way communication and building better relationships. As long as you are stay true to yourself when you share the things that resonate most (which you clearly do) then it is definitely not “selling out”. As for sponsored posts and ads, I honestly kind of love them! You are getting this amazing opportunity to live your dreams, and you are sharing these wicked products that I didn’t even know existed. Totally benefits me too. I personally think you are doing a tremendous job at balancing everything. Keep on keeping on Ms. Maven!

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    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    October 24, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I completely agree with your thoughts. I’ve found that I’m the most authentic I’ve ever been using my blog as a platform, I’ve learned things about myself, I force myself to be honest and it’s helped me share myself and my emotions in a way I never have been able to before. It allows people to connect in a way they wouldn’t without the technology. If there’s maybe 10-15 % of blog content that is diluted because of the business aspect, that other much greater percentage leaves room for authenticity. Truthfully, the bloggers who aren’t authentic online probably aren’t in person either.

    This recipe looks incredible and the picture is giving me major cravings for acorn squash. Thanks for another great one 🙂

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    October 24, 2014 at 10:35 am

    For some it may take away from being authentic but it’s very apparent that it doesn’t get in the way for you. I think your blog has just gotten better and better! I don’t mind ads at all. I don’t love sponsored posts but I get the reason behind them. What you’re doing is SO AWESOME!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    October 24, 2014 at 10:10 am

    If ads allow you to do this for a living – then why the hell not? I don’t think data gets in the way of emotionally-driven storytelling – just having the technology in itself allows us to bring storytelling to a wider audience that we would never meet or have the chance to share with otherwise! So I would agree that technology and data can actually enhance it.

    And yes…I do need to make this salad!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    October 24, 2014 at 9:02 am

    This post is EVERYTHING. You have the perfect balance of funny, serious, recipe, sponsored, and life-based posts. You’re totally candid about everything you do and we all so appreciate your authenticity. People who frown upon a sponsored post here and there probably have no idea how time-consuming it is to run a blog. If I added up all the hours I’ve put into hummusapien, I would probably be making half a penny every two hours! Love this salad and yewwww.

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    Lee
    October 24, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I’m so glad you are my best friend! You have such a way with words. We love THM because of your witty quirkiness! Also- having ads on your site is AWESOMe because we know you are monetizing it and living your dream! Keep on keeping on 😀

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      Lindsay
      October 26, 2014 at 8:36 am

      I love the support here, and i want to echo what Lee said. You are making BIG PLANS and DREAMS happen friend. Ads help. But i don’t think you’ve lost your voice at all. It’s always real, and we appreciate that. INSPIRATION at it’s finest! xxoo

      now make me some more of this recipe please.

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    October 24, 2014 at 6:08 am

    I definitely agree with you, I don’t think data and technology get in the way of relevant story telling at all. At the end of the day, most readers come back to blogs because of the writers. Is it easier to LET that stuff get in the way of telling your story well? Definitely, but if you have a strong voice it will come through in your writing regardless.

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    Lauren
    October 24, 2014 at 6:02 am

    I agree with Arman here ha. What a well written post lady. Your blog is awesome and your message authentic, and this is all that matters.
    This salad looks badman – the combination of flavours – mmmm! I have only just clicked that arugula is rocket haha. Bloody brits! 😉

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    October 24, 2014 at 5:09 am

    I feel like I need to write a coherent English level essay response to this but I have no brain cells. I think it comes down to perception and level of comfort- to be honest, I haven’t seen a particularly evident shift in this blog over time- and that is something very evident on other blogs who it is primarily their business.

    I kind of want that dressing because it looks like strawberry frozen yogurt.

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