This Butternut Squash & Apple Fall Harvest Salad will definitely put you in the mood for Fall! Made with seasonal produce, this salad is vegan & gluten free
My fall cooking has officially swung into high gear this year, I’ve made butternut squash everything – butternut squash patties, butternut squash quinoa salad, this amazing butternut & apple fall harvest salad, & then to top it off, I made pumpkin zucchini bread bars & apple crisp – which turned out incredible & will be showing up here on the blog VERY soon! But for today, I’m here with this amazing salad that I put together on Monday for lunch! It’s very fall inspired with crisp apples, beets, warm butternut squash, walnuts, & more!
While I’m not huge on salad, which might come as a surprise because there’s definitely a misconception that people who are gluten free LIVE off of salads. But in actuality, I rarely eat salads. For me to eat a salad, it has to have all of the right components. I like something that will add a good crunch, really crisp lettuce, a little sweetness, something for a little protein, I love adding nuts, & of course, you need a good dressing as well!
This fall harvest salad checks off all of the boxes!
And it’s very filling, which is often a problem I have when eating salad – I need some substance! With add-ins like walnuts, hemp shells, & beets, it’s a great way to get some extra nutrients in during lunch! Also, if you’re familiar with making beets, they are seriously a PAIN to prepare. A few weeks ago, I found & bought pre-cooked packaged beets at Trader Joe’s in the produce department & they’ve been a game changer & a major time savor! They come already prepared & you can enjoy them hot or cold. For this salad though, I kept them cold & they were delicious!
And for a topper on this fall salad, I sprinkled a little dairy free cheddar cheese from a new brand I found called Violife Foods (@ Whole Foods). For a cheese substitute, it has pretty good ingredients. Much better than leading brands, such as Daiya! And it tastes SO good on top of this salad!
For dressing, I drizzled on Primal Kitchen’s Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, made with Avocado Oil & it added the best flavor, plus just a hint of the sweetness I was looking for! I’m really picky when it comes to salad dressings, but I really like this option because the ingredients are really clean, it’s not made with canola oil, & it tastes amazing! My Maple Tahini Dressing would taste really good on this salad too – you can find that recipe here!
Ready for the full recipe?!
Butternut Squash & Apple Fall Harvest Salad
Preparing the Roasted Butternut Squash
- 1 Medium Sized Butternut Squash
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Cumin
- Himalayan Pink Salt & Black Pepper
Preparing the Fall Harvest Salad
- Mixed Greens - I used Baby Red & Green Leaf
- Half of an apple - sliced
- Cooked Beets - warm or cold
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Hemp Shells
- Diary Free Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Preparing the Roasted Butternut Squash
Preheat oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit.
Peel, de-seed, & slice the butternut squash into small cubes & place them onto a lined baking sheet. Add the olive oil & spices, & toss well, making sure all of the squash is coated.
Bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the tray from the oven, flip the squash, & bake for another 5-10 minutes, based on how soft you like your squash to be. I baked mine for an additional 10, after the initial 20.
Remove from oven & let the squash cool.
Putting together the Fall Harvest Salad
Add your choice of mixed greens to a salad bowl or large plate.
Next add the warm butternut squash cubes, sliced apple, & sliced, cooked beets.
Add the remaining salad add-ons - walnuts, pumpkin seeds, hemp shells, & dairy free cheddar.
Drizzle on your dressing of choice - I used Primal Kitchen's Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Like I said, I’m not the biggest fan of salads, but when a salad has enough substance to fuel me for a few hours, tastes delicious, & includes seasonal produce – count me in! I hope you enjoy this fall harvest salad as much as we did! And speaking of fall recipes, stay tuned for an apple crisp recipe coming soon!
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