Apple & Acorn Squash Salad

We love a good harvest salad and combining acorn squash and apples is a match made in autumn heaven. Plus, you get to make an amazing pumpkin dressing that will liven up any salad this season.
  • Servings: 4-6
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes


Pumpkin Goddess Dressing

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1 acorn squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 (5–6-ounce) package baby kale without stems
  • 10 to 12 Brussels sprouts, halved and blanched (see note)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into matchsticks
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries


1. For the pumpkin goddess dressing: Process all the ingredients in a blender until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
2. For the salad: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
3. Slice the squash lengthwise, remove the seeds, and slice horizontally into ½-inch thick rounds. Place the sliced squash on the baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt, and toss the squash to coat. Then arrange in a single layer.
4. Bake the squash for about 20 minutes (or until tender and caramelized), flipping halfway through baking.
5. Once the squash has cooled, cut it into bite-size pieces and transfer to a large salad bowl. Add the kale, Brussels sprouts, apple, pecans, and cranberries. Drizzle the dressing over the top and toss gently to mix. Serve immediately.

To blanch the Brussels sprouts: Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the halved Brussels sprouts and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the sprouts and transfer to a bowl of ice water. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Drain the Brussels sprouts, add them to the skillet, and stir to coat with the oil. Cook for 3 minutes and season with salt and pepper.

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