Monday Musings+Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Cider Vinaigrette

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Christina Ross
Christina Ross
I'm a human being on planet earth. I've lived hundreds of lifetimes. In this incarnation I'm here to advance medicine.

1. I’m currently in Kennebunkport, ME with my mom for the week; we’re enjoying a girl’s vacation with our dogs and I’m looking forward to enjoying morning and evening beach walks, hikes with the pups, meals that the boys (i.e. John & my dad) might not like, long talks, and an overall fantastic time with my mom!

2. A day or so after polishing off the Pumpkin S’mores Pudding in a Jar, I was craving the same flavors but was feeling too lazy to layer the ingredients and bust out the kitchen torch.

Monday Musings + Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Cider Vinaigrette

Into a ramekin went the remaining Pumpkin Chocolate Pudding topped with marshmallow creme and crushed graham crackers.

I want more.

Monday Musings + Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Cider Vinaigrette

3. After making – and devouring – Chocolate Covered Katie‘s single serving Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Muffin (baked in a ramekin)…

Monday Musings + Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Cider Vinaigrette

I stockpiled the rest of her recipes for single-serving muffins & cupcakes. Such a great idea to scale down a muffin recipe to serve just one!

Monday Musings + Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Cider Vinaigrette

3. Aaaaaand finally… I’m thrilled to share some exciting new with you this morning: I have joined a team of talented food bloggers over at The Back Burner blog of Key Ingredient! Every Monday I will be posting a healthy lunchtime recipe on The Back Burner, and I will provide the link to the recipe in my Monday Musings posts so you won’t miss anything.

When I decided not to go back to work this school year as a special educator, I didn’t have any specific freelance opportunities on the horizon… but I was determined to find a job doing what I love the most: creating, cooking, photographing, and writing about food. I am looking forward to sharing my recipes with an even wider audience, but I want to thank YOU for following this little blog that gives me so much joy :).

My first recipe is this Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Cider Vinaigrette.

Monday Musings + Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Cider Vinaigrette

Tender greens, crisp sweet apples, tart dried cranberries, buttery pecans, and both goat & blue cheeses are drizzled with a thick pumpkin cider dressing that you will want to dive into. Don’t miss the recipe!

Name:Monday Musings: Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Cider Vinaigrette
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cooking Time:25 minutes (for roasting squash)
Total Time:40 minutes
Servings:4 servings
Yield:4 large salad bowls


For the Salad:

  • 4 cups mixed greens (spinach, arugula, and kale)
  • 1 cup roasted butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 cup sliced apples (Honeycrisp or Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

For the Pumpkin Cider Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Estimated Nutrition per Serving

  • Calories: 330 calories
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6g
  • Sugars: 22g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg
  • Sodium: 200mg

It’s always a good idea to consult with a nutritionist or use a nutrition calculator for precise dietary information, especially if you have specific dietary requirements or restrictions. Enjoy your Harvest Salad!

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