Holiday Hosting: Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Maple Vinaigrette

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November 10, 2021

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Hosting has always been one of my favorite things, not only because I love staying home (ha!), but also because I love creating a beautiful spread for friends to enjoy. I love the creativity of picking a decor scheme and pulling it all together with different foods and drinks. And now that I live in a home larger than a few hundred square feet, I’m able to host more often. In fact, I will be hosting Thanksgiving this year, yay! So that inspired me to create a lot of content around the food we’ll be having, the drinks we’ll be making, and of course, the tablescape! First up in the Holiday Hosting series is a delicious and healthy fall harvest salad.

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Fall Harvest Salad

I built this salad around the idea of incorporating butternut squash and chickpeas: two of my favorite fall ingredients. Since I don’t eat meat, I like to make my salads hearty in other ways. The butternut squash and chickpeas definitely do that. I also surprisingly didn’t add any cheese to this salad, despite my enduring love for cheese. So this salad is fully vegan and gluten-free!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups kale
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 butternut squash
  • 1/2 can chickpeas
  • 1 handful pecans
  • 1 handful sunflower seeds
  • 1 sliced apple
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tbsp plant-based butter
  • to taste salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • In a pan, warm olive oil and butter
  • Cube butternut squash and add to pan
  • Add chickpeas
  • Add turmeric and salt and pepper to taste
  • Mix and simmer until tender
  • Massage kale and add it to serving bowl
  • Add arugula and toss
  • Add butternut squash and chickpeas
  • Arrange apple slices and sprinkle pecans and sunflower seeds
Keyword fall, plant-based, vegan, vegetarian
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Pumpkin Maple Vinaigrette

And what is a salad without dressing?! Well, to me, delicious actually. But I know that's not the norm, so I decided to make my own fall dressing to top off this tasty harvest salad.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Salad
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic glaze
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spread
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Combine ingredients in your cutest mason jar and mix

What’s your favorite fall salad recipe?

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Photos by Ryan Carpenter.