Jan 14

Autumn Arugula Salad

I know it’s actually winter, but the recipe we adapted this from was way too amazing (and super festive-lookin’!) to pass up. :O The pomegranates were obtained from Mekala’s garden because she’s super awesome, so I made the lemons I took from her garden into lemon bars for her and her family. 😀

We made this salad while Rey was visiting over winter break and pretty much just kept buying arugula and acorn squash/throwing in whatever fruit we had (e.g. strawberries) over the course of the week so we could use up the rest of the dressing. <3

Autumn Arugula Salad


  • 1 1/2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 acorn squash, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds w/ seeds removed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 cups arugula
  • 5 clementines, peeled
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1 1/2 pomegranates, arils removed

(Pomegranate Ginger Vinaigrette)

  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup EVOO


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Sprinkle the squash slices w/ salt and pepper. If desired, add brown sugar to help it caramelize. Bake until tender.
  3. Heat small saucepan over low heat + add the pecans. Toast until they’re slightly golden + fragrant, stirring + shaking the pan as they toast (~5 minutes). Toss w/ pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Add arugula to a large bowl with a pinch of salt + pepper. Add avocado, pomegranate arils, pecans and squash pieces. Add pomegranate dressing, to taste.
  5. (Pomegranate Ginger Vinaigrette) Combine pomegranate juice, apple cider vinegar, ginger, garlic, salt + pepper in a large bowl + whisk together. Stream in EVOO while constantly whisking until the dressing comes together. (It stores in the fridge for up to 1 week!)

With the pecans + before we added the fruit!

autumn harvest salad

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