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Pomegranate Fall Harvest Salad

This Pomegranate Fall Harvest Salad features sweet and earthy roasted butternut squash, juicy pomegranates, candied pecans, kale, quinoa, and tangy goat cheese. All tossed together in a sweet and tangy pomegranate molasses vinaigrette.

Course Salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Salad Making Time 5 minutes
Servings 10 people
Author Danielle



  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate molases
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 14 oz diced butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa cooked to packaged instructions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 3 oz goat cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup chopped candied pecans
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • fresh parsely leaves for garnish, optional


  1. For the dressing, combine all of the ingredients in a salad shaker (or jar with a lid) and shake vigorously until well-combined and emulsified. Add desired amount of salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Add the diced butternut squash to a ziplock bag. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, ground cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder, cloves, and salt and pepper. Shake until all the butternut squash is coated in the seasonings. Spread out on a large baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until golden brown and tender.
  3. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Season with a tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  4. In a large bowl, toss together the kale with 2-3 tablespoons of the dressing and gently massage the kale to help tenderize it Add the quinoa and toss until the quinoa and kale are combined. Transfer to a serving bowl or plate.

  5. Top with roasted butternut squash, goat cheese, pecans, and pomegranate seeds. Top with desired amount of extra dressing.
  6. Toss, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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