Harvest Acorn Squash Quinoa Salad is a rich and hearty salad to serve up at any gathering you have this fall season. With a variety of textures and ingredients, this intensely flavorful side dish pairs well with almost everything, from steak to turkey to pork. You won’t find a better celebration of harvest flavors anywhere!
I made a salad!
Yes, me, the girl who doesn’t eat salad actually made a salad with a ton of harvest flavors that everyone won’t be able to resist eating.
The inspiration for this salad actually came from a friend who is a master of salads. She makes salads with interesting flavor combinations, gorgeous dressings, and so many colors that I actually CRAVE a bowl of healthy food on a regular basis.
Well, she happened to bust out a giant quinoa salad a few weeks ago and WOW. How have I not made salads with grains all my life?
This is the salad that even non salad-lovers will love. There’s so many goodies hidden in every bite, you’ll get something different with every forkful you shove in your mouth.
The quinoa (I chose tri-color for the variety, but you can use your favorite kind) gives a great texture that is more than just layer after layer of greens. Then you mix in crispy bacon, bacon-sautéed kale, dried cranberries, roasted pistachios, rich roasted acorn squash, and creamy avocado for an unbelievably hearty side dish.
The cranberry apple vinaigrette that you top it all off with is just the finishing touch that brings it all together with a little added citrus and tang.
I honestly can’t wait to serve up this salad at Thanksgiving dinner this year. It is the ultimate celebration of all the harvest flavors, and it’s just the right side dish for turkey. Or steak. Or pork. Or lamb. Or chicken.
Do you see how amazing this side salad is now?
Go ahead, you have my permission to lick the screen and pin this bad boy for Thanksgiving!
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