As the seasons change so do my salad cravings. As the temps get cooler I crave heartier salads, adding in roasted squash, whole grains, and all the seasonal produce and flavors. This Wild Rice Roasted Butternut Squash Salad has all of that and more!
If you didn’t already know I’m not a boring salad kind of girl. I take my salads seriously and I like them big, and I cannot lie. I also have my basic requirements lots of flavor, texture, and of course nutrition packed!
I always get excited creating new salad combos as the seasonal produce changes. Every year it’s something different as I go off my cravings and what inspires me as I walk through the grocery store or farmers market. I might not be craving pumpkin this year but I am still loving squash, especially roasted squash! Of course apples, but doesn’t compare to my obsession with them last year when I was pregnant. Always pecans and walnuts, and of course my favorite cranberries!! My love for cranberries goes deep and I enjoy them as much as I possibly can between October and the end of the year.
I tweaked this salad a couple of times getting especially excited as after the first bite I knew I would be making it for Thanksgiving! This year we are hosting Thanksgiving at our houses so it should be interesting. I’m ready, as much as I can, because we’ve been having a small Thanksgiving the last two years up at my parents but family wanting to try to go back to a bigger gathering moved it to my house. Interesting to say the least as we still have our Friendsgiving weekend the day after and S turning 16, SO NOT READY FOR THAT!
You don’t need a holiday to make this simple salad though and it’s perfect for meal prep so you can enjoy it through out the week. I honestly think it tastes better the day after as the flavors have time to come together and the greens soften. However it’s also delicious throwing together with warm roasted squash and wild rice. Paired with the crisp apples, chewy tart dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, wild rice, and arugula because have to have a handful of greens to round it all out.
Such a mouthful, in a good way!
If I was able to stop eating the salad long enough to describe it, because talking with food in my mouth is rude, I would say flavorful and filling!
Make it for Meatless Monday, a main or side any day or night, or the holidays and I know you’ll love it as much as I do!
It’s Meatless Monday and there are more great recipes linked up below and as always Deborah and I hope you join us and look forward to what’s cooking in your kitchen!
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