Autumn Salad with Caramelized Delicata Squash & Maple Vinaigrette

I’m ushering in the beginning of fall with this spectacular salad, chock full of all the things that make it such a lovely season! Toasted pecans, delicata squash, tiger figs and all things cozy! Who wouldn’t want a huge helping of this?! It makes for such a gorgeous centerpiece on any table as well, perfect to serve at an Autumn gathering!! It’s paleo and vegan friendly, and would also be whole30 friendly if you sub with another dressing and caramelize the squash without the coconut sugar ;)

What I love about fall salads is not just the delicious produce, but the roasted elements usually present. If you have been following me for some time, you will know I have a huge crush on Delicata squash! It has a beautiful sweet flavor, similar to corn, and is the reason it makes my Paleo “Cornbread” Biscuits come out so amazing! They would also be great alongside this salad!

The caramelized delicata is so easy to do, I dare you to give it a try! If you can’t find delicata, acorn squash would be a good substitute. I also included grilled onions because they are incredible and avocado because I’m a California girl to the core, lol! I hope you try this salad, I know you won’t be disappointed!!

Autumn Salad with Caramelized Delicata Squash & Maple Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1 delicata squash, deseeded & cut into 1/4ā€ rounds
  • 1 bag arugula
  • 6-7 figs, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup Raw Pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced into 1/4ā€ rings
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1 tbsp organic Coconut Sugar
  • 2 tbsp organic Coconut Oil, divided
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
    Maple Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Organic Maple Syrup
  • 3 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Add pecans to a baking sheet and roast for 5 mins. or until fragrant, just keep an eye on them as they can burn easily. Remove pecans from oven and set aside to cool. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tbsp coconut oil. Add in onion rings when oil is melted and cook until golden brown and tender, about 15 mins. Remove and set aside to cool. Add in 1 tbsp coconut oil & let melt. Add in squash rounds and sprinkle with a bit of coconut sugar on each side to help with caramelization. Cook unitl slices are a beautiful golden caramel color, about 3-5 mins for each side. Add arugula to a large bowl or serving plate. Toss with 1/2 of the dressing and add salt & pepper to taste.Add sliced figs, chopped cucumber, avocado slices, toasted pecans, caramelized squash and onions. Drizzle on the rest of the dressing and serve right away.

Notes

Can use acorn squash if delicata is not available*

http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2018/09/autumn-salad-with-caramelized-delicata-squash-maple-vinaigrette/

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