Roasted Acorn Squash and Beet Salad


This is a perfect make-ahead salad. The beets, squash, and dressing can all be prepped ahead and refrigerated overnight. Then add it all to the salad greens and serve the salad at room temperature.

Roasted Acorn Squash Beet Salad
Photo: Con Poulos
Prep Time:
30 mins
Roast Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins



  • 1 pound small yellow, red and/or Chioggia beets

  • 1 acorn squash, about 1 1/4 pounds, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch slices

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • cup maple syrup

  • 3 cup mixed greens


  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ cup maple syrup

  • cup olive oil

  • cup fresh pomegranate seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Tightly wrap beets, separated by color, in aluminum foil bundles. Place on middle oven rack. Roast 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until tender when tested with a sharp knife. Remove from the oven; cool slightly. Peel the beets and set aside.

  2. Place squash slices on a rimmed baking sheet. Toss with salt, pepper and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Place on middle rack in oven and roast 15 minutes. Drizzle 1/3 cup maple syrup over squash, and roast another 10 minutes, or until tender. Cool.

  3. To make dressing, in a small bowl, whisk the mustard, lemon juice and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Add the 1/3 cup olive oil and whisk till smooth. Season to taste.

  4. To assemble, place salad greens in the middle of a large plate. Arrange beets and squash on lettuce. Pour half of the dressing over the salad. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Pass remaining dressing. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

281 Calories
15g Fat
38g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 281
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 379mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 17.7mg 89%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 635mg 14%
Folate, total 116.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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