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This Fall Harvest Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad combines all the best produce that fall has to offer into the prettiest salad that’s simple to make and healthy too! Sweet honey roasted butternut squash, salty roasted pumpkin seeds, kale, shredded brussels sprouts, and juicy pomegranates. All tossed together with a sweet and tangy pomegranate vinaigrette. This salad will certainly be my fall go-to salad. It’s healthy, simple, so delicious, and perfectly fitting for crisp fall nights…and great for Thanksgiving too.
Say hello to the 2019 Harvest Salad. It’s hands down my favorite fall harvest salad I’ve created yet. Well, it’s at least very high on my list, and surely my current favorite. I also love last year’s apple salad, and the persimmon salad I have in the new cookbook, but you guys? This here salad is special.
Why? Cinnamon honey roasted butternut squash. Shredded brussels sprouts. Pomegranates. Salty roasted pumpkin seeds. Creamy buttery gouda cheese.
Oh so good.
If you can believe it, I made this salad a couple of weeks ago. But I wanted to wait until it was officially fall to share. It’s kind of shocking that I was actually able to wait this long. This recipe has been one that I’ve been so excited to share. It’s got the perfect combo of every fall ingredient. It’s basically fall in a salad…yes, it’s truly that good!
It seems that every fall season I need to create a new “Harvest” Salad. I’ve done so every autumn since starting HBH, and every year has been different and unique. If you really want to take a trip down memory lane, my very first Harvest Salad was this Crispy Kale Roasted Autumn Salad with Brie Grilled Cheese Croutons. Wow, those photos…so bad…pretty embarrassing.
The good news is that my photos (and recipes) have really improved since 2012 and I guess that brings me to today’s salad. I’m still using kale and butternut squash. But I’ve upped my game when it comes to the additional add-ins, and most definitely the vinaigrette.
I will say that this salad has a few steps. None of them are hard, and none of them are even very hands-on, but it still has some steps.
First up, the butternut squash. It must be roasted and with cinnamon and honey…because cinnamon honey roasted butternut squash is a game-changer. It caramelizes on the outside as it roasts away, but stays sweet and soft on the inside. And the cinnamon? Cinnamon tastes delicious on just about everything. Especially butternut squash. Sweet and savory.
While the squash is roasting, roast the pumpkin seeds at the same time. All they need is a little honey, a touch of cayenne pepper, and plenty of flaky sea salt. The pumpkin seeds roast much quicker than the squash, so be sure to really keep a close eye on them while cooking. Pumpkin seeds tend to go from lightly toasted to completely burnt in a matter of minutes.
For this salad, I like to keep things simple as can be and cut the butternut squash into large half-circles. To do this, I halve the butternut squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. I then use a vegetable peeler to peel away the squash skin. Then I place the squash flat side down on a cutting board and cut it into half circles. This process only takes a few minutes to do and isn’t as tedious as dicing the hard to cut squash.
Another tip? Make sure your knife is sharp. Using sharp knives really makes a huge difference.
While the squash and seeds are roasting, make the vinaigrette.
To switch things up I made a balsamic and pomegranate vinaigrette. It’s sweet, tangy, and the perfect balance to the bitter greens in the salad.
The key is to pour the warm vinaigrette over the shredded kale and brussels sprouts. The heat from the vinaigrette gently breaks-down the toughness of the greens, making them perfectly tender and ready for eating.
As soon as the squash and seeds are done roasting, toss everything together, add the gouda cheese, and EAT.
I personally love this warm, but it’s equally delicious at room temperature, or even chilled for lunch the following day.
This salad will be great for upcoming fall dinners with friends. I might even add this salad to my Thanksgiving menu. Is anyone else already starting to plan their holiday meal?
Also, this salad keeps really well, as the greens stay fresh for 2-3 days in the fridge. So it’s great for packing up and taking to work. However, if that’s your plan, I’d double the recipe. This is one of those salads that gets eaten all in one sitting!
If you make this fall harvest roasted butternut squash and pomegranate salad be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Wondering. Another option for the greens instead of kale?
Really any other greens that you enjoy….arugula, romaine, spring mix all work! I hope you love this recipe! xT
Best salad I have ever made….most beautiful mingle of flavours and textures.
You are very talented at creating amazing flavour combinations!
I used chopped walnuts instead of pepitas and blackberries instead of figs. Yum!
Wonderful! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a lot for making it. Have the best weekend! xT
Very tasty. You say to use a head of kale. I’ve never seen a head of kale in the grocery store. How does that equate to number of stalks in a bunch or how large of a bag of chopped kale would it be?
I would say it would be about 1 bag of chopped kale. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan
So you do not roast the Brussels sprouts and kale? Correct? Those are just chopped and served cold?
Yes, that is correct. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
This salad is delicious!! I served it with an orange and maple glazed salmon and cut up some of the oranges I used for that into this salad, the juiciness of the pomegranates and oranges compared to the sweet/spicy of the squash was absolute magic❤️❤️
Hey! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I really appreciate it! Happy Monday ? xTieghan
Won’t let me submit w/o a comment even though the comment field isn’t marked as required. Just wanted to rate this recipe…
I made a similar salad yesterday (Autumn Harvest Honeycrisp Apple and Feta Salad) and liked the flavors and ease to make more than this one, personally.
Hey Elizabeth! Thanks so much for the feedback, I really appreciate it 🙂 xxTieghan
This salad is incredibly delicious. Lots of steps for a salad but worth it. I used maple syrup instead of honey and cut that a bit. Adding some farro to my lunch leftovers for a nice chewy something something. Thanks for the super delicious plant based dinner!
Hey Karen! This is awesome, I’m so happy to hear this recipe turned out the way you’d hoped! 🙂 xTieghan
Hi, Tieghan! Just whipped up the dressing and will make the salad tomorrow–can’t wait! I have a 10-oz bag of shredded kale. Should I use it all? Thanks so much!
Sure, I think that would be perfect! I hope you love the recipe:) xTieghan
Hi! What could I substitute for pomegranate juice if I don’t have any?? Thanks!
I found some!! Made this tonight and it was so amazing!!!
Thanks a bunch for trying out this recipe, I am delighted to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best day:) xTieghan
Cranberry juice would also work well for you here! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
This is full of flavour and delicious. I love the dressing and that it softens the kale. Everyone always eats this one up!
I am thrilled you enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for making it! Happy Sunday! xTieghan
Can this be made with something other than the kale? If so, what substitute would you recommend?
Totally, any greens that you enjoy will work here. I hope you love the recipe, let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
This was absolutely delicious! I got so many compliments on Thanksgiving.
I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for giving this a try! Happy Holidays! xTieghan
This was capital D Delicous!!!!
Thank you Katherine! xTieghan
So good! Made it for Thanksgiving with my family. Used arugula instead of kale and dried figs instead of fresh.
Thank you Kat! xTieghan
Delicious! Love the balance of sweet with a bit of spicy. I used fresh Parmesan instead of Gouda and left out the figs because I couldn’t find any. Will make again!
I am really glad this turned out so well for you, Maria! Thank you so much! xTieghan