This is a great hearty and flavorful salad!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Position a rack into the center position of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet or jelly roll pan with parchment paper.

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  • Spread acorn squash cubes onto prepared baking sheet and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Mix cinnamon, onion powder, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl; sprinkle spice mixture over squash cubes.

  • Bake on the center rack of preheated oven until squash are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

  • Whisk apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, orange zest, garam masala, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a bowl until thoroughly combined; slowly drizzle olive oil into vinegar mixture, whisking constantly, until olive oil incorporates into the dressing. Refrigerate while completing remaining steps.

  • Toss cooked acorn squash cubes, baby arugula, cranberries, pistachios, and goat cheese in a salad bowl; drizzle with dressing and serve.

Cook's Note:

You can make the acorn squash and dressing the night before and store in your fridge to cut down on time also.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

515.9 calories; 6.9 g protein; 32.1 g carbohydrates; 11.2 mg cholesterol; 798.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2016
Yummy in my tummy! This salad was a hit with the whole family! I loved the flavors that seasoned the squash against the sweetness and tartness of the the dried cranberries. So good! Is anybody else annoyed by the fact that the photo doesn't match the recipe? The photo has avocado and pomegranate in the salad. Annoying? Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/07/2018
Dressing was good but I'd skip the squash mix was not great. Will definitely make the salad again minus the squash (used butternut squash instead of acorn). Did not have apple cider vinegar used red wine vinegar instead. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2016
Yummy in my tummy! This salad was a hit with the whole family! I loved the flavors that seasoned the squash against the sweetness and tartness of the the dried cranberries. So good! Is anybody else annoyed by the fact that the photo doesn't match the recipe? The photo has avocado and pomegranate in the salad. Annoying? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2014
Delicious when following the recipe exactly. Its also good with spinach instead of arugula and with butternut squash with seasonings doubled. I especially like how you can make the squash and dressing ahead of time. To make the squash easier to cube put the whole thing in the microwave for a minute or two before cutting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2015
This recipe was outstanding! This is what AllRecipies is all about - getting new ideas and making things you never would have made otherwise. I will make this again and again trying different things to mix it up. I forgot to add the orange zest but didn't feel it was lacking any flavor. I will try it with it next time though! I used left over acorn squash but then mixed in the seasoning. I also added some seeds instead of pistachios and put left over pork chops on top. This tasted like it was from a 5 star restaurant and that hint of Indian spice was so great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2013
Wonderful salad! I used Romaine not Arugula and my family and friends couldn't get enough of it. I will make over and over again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2015
The acorn squash was a pain to peel and cut (I've read maybe you don't have to peel it--will try that next time) but this recipe was fantastic. The dressing alone was super good but the flavors combined really nicely. The only real difference I made was use feta instead of goat cheese. I know it has a different taste but it still worked really well in the salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2015
Fantastic! I love the dressing. I added some poached chicken breast to make it a full dinner. Used a sharp white cheddar instead of goat cheese. Super easy & great flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2015
This salad is amazing! I added boiled chicken the second time I tried it and it' Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2015
We made this as a side to accompany a spicy chicken dish. The spices of the recipe were both flavorful and the dressing was a bit sweet - a lovely complement. This will be a new favorite salad and is a great way to enjoy winter squash. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2017
This was a combination of things that I love - goat cheese squash pistachios arugula - and it was STILL better than I'd expected. Super filling too. A really good dinner-salad. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/07/2018
Dressing was good but I'd skip the squash mix was not great. Will definitely make the salad again minus the squash (used butternut squash instead of acorn). Did not have apple cider vinegar used red wine vinegar instead. Read More