FALL HARVEST SPINACH SALAD

Loaded with fall favorites like butternut squash, chopped apples and dried cranberries, this fall harvest spinach salad is packed with nutrition and flavor.

FALL HARVEST SPINACH SALAD

Ingredients
  1. 4 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
  2. 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (cooked according to package directions)
  3. 3/4 cup butternut squash, chopped
  4. 1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
  5. 1/3 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or pecans
  6. 3 Tablespoons dried cranberries

Tahini Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing
  1. 2 Tablespoons tahini
  2. 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  3. 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  4. 2 Tablespoons low sodium tamari or aminos
  5. 4 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  6. 2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves of garlic)
  7. 2 teaspoons maple syrup

Instructions
  • Prepare the squash by peeling it, cutting it in half and scraping out the seeds.
  • Cut the squash into bite-size cubes, place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and roast at 400° for 30-40 minutes, turning once or twice, until all the pieces are tender and have a few small brown spots.
  • If your pepitas or pecans are raw, you can toast them in the oven with the roasting squash. Spread seeds/nuts on a separate baking sheet and add to the oven with the butternut squash for 5 to 10 minutes or until the seeds/nuts are golden and crunchy, then remove from the pan to cool. Be sure to watch the seeds/nuts carefully because they can burn quickly. The pepitas will take less time to toast than the pecans because they’re smaller.