Harvest Salad

Harvest Salad tops roasted butternut squash, hazelnuts and crispy turkey bacon with light and slightly tart Dijon champagne vinaigrette.  

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Harvest Salad was specifically created as a Thanksgiving side because I just can’t wait for the holidays this year.

I am going to be honest, I am so ready for the holidays (yes, as I am writing this, it is Halloween morning)! I’m been thinking about Christmas music, snow, and watching football with my family (with a food coma). Obvi, this obsession also includes working with fall ingredients; see my new Pumpkin Alfredo and Butternut Squash Brushetta and more Pumpkin Alfredo. And this Harvest Salad, which was created a couple of years ago for Friendsgiving.


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Harvest Salad is a mixture of fall ingredients, with a lighter touch.

I am a total side queen when it comes to Thanksgiving.  I love my mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn casserole, green bean casserole, creamed onions, turnips & bacon and sweet potato casserole (are you salivating yet?!).  And by round two, it can be A LOT. Which is why I love this fresh, light and diverse salad.

Harvest Salad, fall, holiday, butternut squash, thanksgiving, easy recipe, autumn, gluten free

Harvest Salad contains three basic ingredients: sweet butternut squash, toasted hazelnuts for a little crunch and turkey bacon for some body.  The other ingredients compliment these three for a robust  harvest blend – that you’ll definitely have room for:

  1. Tomato
  2. Avocado
  3. Spinach and Arugula Blend
  4. Gorgonzola Cheese
  5. Red Onion
  6. Dried Cranberries

Harvest Salad is ready to party and is the perfect (easy!) side for your Thanksgiving celebration.

The Jolly Hostess twist this week is a recipe with a lighter contribution to Thanksgiving dinner. Traveling for the holidays? Simply layer into an aluminum pan with a cover. Bring some tongs and the dressing in a separate container. You’re done. Time for the champagne and cranberries!

Harvest Salad, fall, holiday, butternut squash, thanksgiving, easy recipe, autumn, gluten free

Harvest Salad, fall, holiday, butternut squash, thanksgiving, easy recipe, autumn, gluten free

Harvest Salad, fall, holiday, butternut squash, thanksgiving, easy recipe, autumn, gluten free

Be sure to check out my other super easy salads: Ginger Lime Buffalo Chicken Salad and Pea & Bacon Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette.

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Cheers!

Harvest Salad, fall, holiday, butternut squash, thanksgiving, easy recipe, autumn, gluten free

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Harvest Salad tops roasted butternut squash, hazelnuts and crispy turkey bacon with light and slightly tart Dijon champagne vinaigrette.  
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Cook Time 30 minutes
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Greek Yogurt Maple Champagne Vinaigrette
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Greek Yogurt Maple Champagne Vinaigrette
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook turkey bacon in a medium-sized skillet. Set aside.
  3. Prep ingredients: butternut squash (if needed), hazelnuts (if needed), red onion, tomatoes and avocado. Set aside.
  4. Line a large baking sheets with aluminum foil. Place butternut squash and hazelnuts on either side. Coat butternut squash with olive oil, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  5. Coat hazelnuts with olive oil and sprinkle with brown sugar, evenly.
  6. Place baking sheet in oven for 25-30 minutes. Take hazelnuts out at 6-8 minutes. Set aside.
  7. Build the salad by layering the spinach and arugula, and top ingredients in any order you wish. When bacon is okay to touch, cut in small pieces and top.
  8. Mix ingredients for Greek Yogurt Maple Champagne Vinaigrette and set aside.
  9. Using a toothpick, test that it goes through the butternut squash pieces. Remove from oven and top on salad.
  10. If you are making the salad ahead of time, put all ingredients on serving platter outside of the tomatoes, avocado, butternut squash and bacon. Top when you are ready to serve.
  11. If serving immediately, serve with dressing on the side.
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