Harvest Salad With Cinnamon Cranberry Vinaigrette
This fresh, hearty organic harvest salad recipe includes sweet potatoes, butternut squash and pears all topped off with a sweet cinnamon cranberry vinaigrette.
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- For the Salad:
- 2 cups sweet potatoes, scrubbed and chopped (peeled, if desired)
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped (about 2 1⁄2 cups)
- 1 pinch sea or Himalayan pink salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 7-8 cups packed baby spinach (or a baby spinach and arugula combo, if desired)
- 1 cup apple slices (any mild, sweet variety)
- 1 cup pear slices (any variety)
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans (*see directions for toasting)
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- For the Dressing:
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen (if frozen, defrost until soft)
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Simply Organic® Cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a greased oven-safe skillet, scatter pecans in a single layer.
- Bake pecans for 15 minutes until well toasted and fragrant, checking and turning them after about 7 minutes, Allow to cool before adding to salad.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- On a greased baking sheet, place sweet potatoes and butternut squash, then sprinkle with salt and toss with olive oil.
- Roast sweet potatoes and squash for 20 to 30 minutes, until soft with slightly crispy corners.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- In a large salad bowl, gently combine sweet potatoes, butternut squash, salt, olive oil, baby spinach, pecans, apple slices, pear slices and feta, being careful not to bruise the pears.
- In a high-speed blender, combine olive oil, cranberries, apple cider vinegar, honey, cinnamon and salt, and pulse for about 60 seconds, until mixture is creamy and smooth.
- Pour over salad until lightly dressed, and serve.
- For a savory-sweet flavor, substitute Gorgonzola cheese for the feta. Substitute red or white wine vinegar for the apple cider vinegar, if desired.
- Store any leftover dressing in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.