Easy Fall Salad

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  • This easy fall salad is filled with chopped greens, apples, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and roasted butternut squash. Then topped with a maple balsamic dressing that brings out the delicious fall flavors!

    This harvest salad makes a great side for the holidays. It’s easy, quick and is super flavorful. Other favorites are my apple cranberry spinach salad, oven roasted vegetables and roasted brussels sprouts with pears and cranberries.

    fall harvest salad in a white bowl

    Fall harvest salad

    This fall salad is full of fall produce and beautiful fall colors. It has everything you love about fall and is anything but boring. It’s super delicious, very filling and comes together quickly!

    The harvest salad starts with crisp apples, pumpkin seeds and craisins. You can keep it simple or turn it into a meal and add roasted butternut squash, roasted chicken and rice. It’s so easy to customize this fall salad recipe to meet your needs!

    It also makes the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or any fall meal. If I’m serving it alongside a roasted turkey, I usually will just keep it simple. It’s definitely a real show stopper!

    butternut squash salad in a white bowl

    Maple balsamic dressing

    We love this fall salad topped with this maple vinaigrette. However it also tastes delicious with a classic balsamic vinaigrette or poppy seed dressing.

    Ingredients:

    • Virgin olive oil
    • Balsamic vinegar
    • Maple syrup
    • Dijon mustard
    • Mayo or greek yogurt (optional for a creamier dressing)

     Instructions:

    Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. For a thicker and creamier dressing, add in the mayo or Greek yogurt. Then drizzle on top of butternut squash salad.

    Store any leftover maple balsamic dressing in the fridge in an airtight jar for up to 2 weeks.

    pouring maple balsamic dressing on top of harvest salad

    How to make this fall salad

    Step 1: Chop the greens  

    Chop the greens extra fine and place in a large bowl. I used mixed greens, but feel free to use greens of choice such as spinach, bibb lettuce, kale, shaved brussels or broccoli slaw.

    Step 2: Add remaining ingredients

    Line the apples, cranberries and pumpkin seeds on top of the chopped greens. Sprinkle the cheese over top. If desired, add in chicken, rice and/or butternut squash.

    Step 3: Drizzle with dressing and toss 

    Just before serving, drizzle the maple balsamic dressing over top and then toss with salad tongs. Serve immediately.

    TIP: Check out this post for an easy step-by-step tutorial showing how to peel and cut a butternut squash.

    harvest salad in a white bowl

    Other types of salads:

    Fall Salad Recipe

    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: butternut squash salad, fall salad, harvest salad
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 304
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    This easy fall salad is filled with chopped greens, apples, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and roasted butternut squash. Then topped with a maple balsamic dressing that brings out the delicious fall flavors!

    Ingredients

    • 8 cups mixed greens , chopped fine
    • 1 apple , chopped
    • 1/4 cup dried cranberries , more if desired
    • 1/4 - 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds , could sub for pecans
    • 2-3 Tablespoons feta or goat cheese

    Maple Dijon Vinaigrette:

    • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
    • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 2 Tablespoons 100% maple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
    • 1/4 cup mayo or greek yogurt , optional for a creamier dressing

    S&P to taste

      Optional mix-ins: shredded chicken, wild rice, roasted butternut squash, extra veggies, sliced red onion

        Instructions

        • Chop the greens extra fine and place in a large bowl. Line the apples, cranberries and pumpkin seeds on top. Sprinkle the cheese over top. Add chicken, rice and/or butternut squash if desired.
        • If making the homemade dressing, whisk together the ingredients. Add the mayo or greek yogurt if you'd like a thicker and creamier dressing.
        • Drizzle the dressing over top just before serving and then toss with salad tongs. Serve immediately. 

        Notes

        Extra (optional) mix-ins: 

        Nutrition

        Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 969IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg
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