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An overhead shot of a fall salad with goat cheese, pecans, pomegranate, red onion and acorn squash.

Roasted Acorn Squash Fall Salad with Pomegranate

This roasted acorn squash fall salad with pomegranate, goat cheese, and pecans has all the flavors of Fall! Drizzle with homemade apple cider vinaigrette for the perfect side dish to your holiday meal.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 219kcal
Author: Megan


  • 2 medium acorn squash (halved and seeded (about 3 lbs))
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 cups mixed greens (roughly 10 oz)
  • 1/2 red onion (sliced thin)
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans (toasted)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils (arils from 1 pomegranate)
  • 4 oz goat cheese (crumbled)
  • Homemade Apple Cider Vinaigrette (or dressing of choice)


  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice the acorn squash around its middle horizontally. Scoop out seeds and scrape clean. Slice into ¾ inch thick rounds. Place on a parchment paper lined rimmed baking sheet. Do not let any pieces overlap.
  • Carefully slice the acorn squash in half. Scoop out and seeds and scrape the insides clean. Then, slice the acorn squash into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Place the acorn squash on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy clean up) in a single layer.
  • Mix together the pure maple syrup, cumin, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper in a bowl bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush maple syrup over both sides of squash.
  • Bake at 400F for 20 minutes until the bottom side of squash is nice and golden brown. Flip and bake for another 15-20 minutes until the squash is tender. Set aside.
  • Combine the mixed greens, roasted acorn squash, red onion, toasted pecans, pomegranate arils, dried cranberries and crumbled goat cheese together. Drizzle with apple cider vinaigrette or dressing of choice and toss. Serve immediately.


Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 525mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1071IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg
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