Roasted Pumpkin, Arugula, and Dried Cherry Salad


If you haven't tried roasting pumpkin yet, prepare to be hooked on a new roasted vegetable. Here, we add it for hearty flavor to a fresh salad recipe of arugula, dried fruit, and a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds for extra pumpkin flavor.

Roasted Pumpkin, Arugula, and Dried Cherry Salad
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
20 mins
Roast Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
1/2 cup dressing


  • 1 small pumpkin or 2 butternut squash (3 to 4 pounds total), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 5 ounce package baby arugula or torn arugula

  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas), toasted

  • ¼ cup dried cherries or dried cranberries

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 3 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; set aside. In a large bowl combine pumpkin chunks, the 2 tablespoons olive oil, the 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the 1/4 teaspoon pepper; toss to combine. Spread in the prepared baking pan. Roast about 35 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender. Cool to room temperature.

  2. Meanwhile, arrange arugula on a large serving platter or bowl. Top with cooled pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and dried cherries.

  3. For dressing, in a small bowl whisk together the 1/4 cup olive oil, the vinegar, and maple syrup. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing evenly over the salad. Toss gently to mix.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

203 Calories
14g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 203
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 228mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 17.7mg 89%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Potassium 728mg 15%
Folate, total 48.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*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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