Roasted Butternut Squash and Orzo Harvest Salad combines the warm and colorful flavors of fall cooking into a delicious salad. Shredded Brussel Sprout, Honeycrisp apple, kale, candied nuts, cinnamon roasted butternut quash and salty feta tossed with an apple cider vinaigrette. This salad is perfect for a healthy and satisfying lunch, meal prep, or to serve at a family gathering.
We’re not big on salad but when fall hits, there’s just something about this season, the feeling of roasting vegetables, going big on cinnamon, nutmeg and those deep nutty flavors. Basically the only time of year when my salads taste incredible and leave me feeling completely satisfied.
This salad is so appropriate for right now- it has everything you need to indulge in a meal that’s healthy and packed with nutrition. The mixed green colours, reds and oranges make it feel warm and cozy, with an apple cider vinaigrette and some crumbled feta to bring it all together. If there is ever a recipe you needed to try, it’s this one. By far my favourite one this season!
Made with real apple cider, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper and seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s light, not overpowering in flavor but the added warm spices of cinnamon and nutmeg are a great way to distribute extra comforting flavors into the salad. If you don’t have apple cider on hand, you can substitute for apple cider vinegar and add a touch of sugar to balance it all out.
I love roasting butternut squash when it’s tossed in olive oil, salt, pepper and lots of cinnamon. A good amount of all of these tossed with the squash gives it a nice warm and cozy taste and on it’s on makes for a great side dish or just as we did, add it to a salad or other meals for a fall inspired meal. Now, for the remaining ingredients, more the sprouts and the kale, you can either double up on one of those if you wanted to leave one out, or swap out a lettuce of your choice. Baby arugula, mixed greens or spinach, really their all fine for this salad.
Cinnamon honey roasted pecans are a must! the squash and the pecans give the salad all its delicious flavour. these are a no comprise and must make. If you don’t like pecans, another nut or seeds would be fine so long as they are candied the same way.
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