Fall Salad with Acorn Squash and Bacon

September 21, 2020

This seven-ingredient (not counting salt and pepper) fall salad recipe combines autumn vegetables with a tangy, herby Italian dressing, and a combination of soft, crisp, crunchy, and chewy textures. A nod to the flaming colors of peak fall foliage, the pea-green curl of the Brussels sprouts petals, amber flesh of the acorn squash, and brick-hued scraps of bacon resemble the glorious metamorphosis of the trees. This fall salad needs little more adornment than the simple avocado oil, red wine vinegar, and trinity of herbs (basil, oregano, thyme) in our Italian Dressing, but if you could add additional crunch with sunflower or pumpkin seeds, and creaminess with goat cheese or diced avocado.

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Fall salad in a white bowl with wooden tongs overhead shot

Fall Salad with Acorn Squash and Bacon

Time: 75 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

Fall salad ingredients: baby spinach, shallots, bacon, acorn squash, Brussels sprouts with Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil and Italian Dressing

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. 
  • Insert a sharp chef's knife on one side of the stem of the acorn squash. Cut straight through the squash (don't try to cut through the stem) until the knife doesn't meet any more resistance and you've cut through to the middle of the squash. Continue cutting around the side of the squash around the other side until you're at the other side of the stem.
  • Put the knife down, and use your hands to pry the squash apart. Scoop the seeds and stringy insides out of the middle of the squash on each side, then place on a baking sheet. Drizzle half of the avocado oil on each side, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Roast the squash for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the halves are roasted around the edges and you can poke a fork easily through the flesh of the squash.
  • Set the squash aside to cool and turn the oven off.
  • Cook the bacon in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until it's crispy. Drain bacon on paper towels and allow to cool. When bacon has cooled, cut or crumble into bits.
  • Place the shallots in the bacon grease for 2 minutes to soften (stir frequently) and then add in the shaved Brussels sprouts. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • When the squash has cooled enough to handle, place halves on a cutting board, flesh side down. Trim the stem off and discard. Cut each half into 1/4-inch horizontal slices. 
  • Assemble the salad: Place the baby spinach in the bottom of a big serving bowl. Arrange the Brussels sprouts, shallots, acorn squash, and bacon on top of the spinach. Drizzle with Primal Kitchen Italian Dressing, toss, then serve.

Close up shot of fall salad in a white bowl with salad tongs

Nutrition info (per serving):

Calories: 268

Carbs: 19 grams

Net Carbs: 12 grams

Fat: 20 grams

Protein: 7 grams

Nutrition info calculated using Cronometer. 

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