Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing

Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing

Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing

 

Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing

Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing

It’s finally fall! I love all the flavors of fall and incorporated a few into this delicious Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing. I love roasted veggies, squash, beets, and apples which all come together in this healthy hearty salad. It also helps balance out all the fall treats like apple crisps, caramel apples, muffins, breads, and scones as fall also usually also means baking season. Speaking of apple crisp I have one that I already shared a sneak peek of on social media that will be posting this week!

There are more roasted veggies and flavors in this salad than greens, and so much flavor. Pumpkins, onions, and beets roasted with herbs. Which is why I almost called this a sheet pan salad. Straight from the oven and tossed with greens, I like to use a mix of baby spinach and baby arugula. Then add in fresh crisp apples, hemp seeds for protein and a little more texture, and finished with an Apple Cider Tahini Dressing! So good and so filling. While this salad can be enjoyed cold I like to enjoy it warm, but if I make extra I tend to enjoy it cold and don’t heat the veggies back up.

Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing

Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing

As I’ve mentioned before I like my recipes to be inspiring and adaptable. If you don’t like pumpkin you can sub butternut squash. No hemp seeds you can sub pumpkin seeds or another nut or seed that you think would go well, maybe pecans? Don’t like beets well you can omit those and if you like things a little sweeter add in some dried cranberries. No apple cider, this is delicious with Maple Tahini Dressing. If you really are pressed for time and want to make it quick pick up already peeled and cut butternut squash and you could even pick up already cooked beets. Last if you do food prep you can roast things up ahead of time.

Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing

Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing

This might sound a little crazy but I would even classify this Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing comfort food but really being warm and with the roasted veggies and flavors it is, and healthy comfort food at that.

As I said it’s a way of balancing out all of this baked goods and fall treats this nutritious salad is perfect for Meatless Monday and a healthy way to start the week. My co-host Deborah and I thank you for joining us for Meatless Monday and look forward to checking out the recipes linked up below and inspiring others with delicious meatless creations.

Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing

Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing

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Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing
Delicious Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing is packed with seasonal flavor and nutrition! Roasted pumpkin, beets, and onions tossed with spinach and arugula, topped with fresh crisp Honeycrisp apples and hemp seeds, drizzled with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing. Gluten free and vegan healthy comfort food.
Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing
Servings
servings (6-8 for side salad)
Ingredients
  • 5-8 oz mix of baby spinach and baby arugula
  • 6-8 small beets
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 small pie pumpkin
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 8-10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6-8 sage leaves, optional
  • 1 medium to large Honeycrisp apple
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 3 TBSP hemp seeds (Navitas Organics)
  • sea salt and pepper
Apple Cider Tahini Dressing
  • 2 TBSP tahini (Soom)
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2-4 TBSP apple cider
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 clove garlic, optional
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
Servings
servings (6-8 for side salad)
Ingredients
  • 5-8 oz mix of baby spinach and baby arugula
  • 6-8 small beets
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 small pie pumpkin
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 8-10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6-8 sage leaves, optional
  • 1 medium to large Honeycrisp apple
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 3 TBSP hemp seeds (Navitas Organics)
  • sea salt and pepper
Apple Cider Tahini Dressing
  • 2 TBSP tahini (Soom)
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2-4 TBSP apple cider
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 clove garlic, optional
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Slice pumpkin in half, top to bottom, and spoon out seeds and insides. Reserve seeds for roasting later.
  3. Slice each half into wedges (6-8), and then carefully with a sharp paring knife carefully cut flesh from the outside removing the skin.
  4. Cut each wedge into about 4-6 squares.
  5. In a large bowl toss pumpkin with a little olive oil, just enough to thinly coat. Add in thyme leaves.
  6. Cut top and bottom of the onion and remove outer layer, cut into small wedges and gently toss with pumpkin.
  7. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  8. Arrange pumpkin and onions on 2/3 of the prepared baking sheet. Place sage on top if using.
  9. Peel beets and cut into quarters. You can place the beets in the same bowl used for the pumpkin and drizzle with a little olive oil, just to barely coat.
  10. Place beets on the baking sheet next to the pumpkin and onions.
  11. Sprinkle all with a little sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
  12. Bake for 30-35 minutes, gently tossing or flipping half way, until the beets and pumpkin can be pierced with a fork.
  13. While the vegetables are roasting prepare the dressing mixing tahini, apple cider vinegar, and grated garlic until smooth. Whisk while adding olive oil and then the apple cider until desired consistency is reached. Season with sea salt and pepper. Set aside.
  14. Core apple and thinly slice. Add apples to a bowl with lemon juice and water.
  15. In a large salad bowl add washed greens.
  16. When vegetables are done cooking remove sage and discard.
  17. Toss pumpkin, onions, and beets with greens.
  18. Add hemp seeds, and gentle toss.
  19. Drain apples and toss in with the salad or you can add these on top if desired.
  20. Divide salad into 4 bowls and serve with Apple Tahini Dressing.
  21. Enjoy!
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50 Responses to Warm Pumpkin Salad with Apple Cider Tahini Dressing

  1. Tahini dressing is my new favorite especially with beets. Perfect for fall. Have a great Meatless Monday
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  2. Barrie says:

    Love this dressing! I would make this for lunch all week- yum!
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  3. Renee says:

    I never would have thought to mix apple cider and tahini! That sounds delciious, tis the season for hearty fall salads.

    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you, it’s so good! I usually go with a maple tahini but had apple cider in the fridge from the orchard and it seemed too perfect!

  4. Annmarie says:

    Mmm pumpkin and tahini sounds like an amazing combo!

  5. Rachel says:

    This dressing sounds amazing!!!
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  6. this is my idea of a salad too. i just shared a very similar recipe with pumpkin vinaigrette….your idea of tahini dressing sounds really delicious with roasted veggies.
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  7. Abbey Sharp says:

    I love tahini anything, so I definitely need to try this recipe! Love the seasonal flavours 🙂
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      I’m loving this tahini dressing on all the roasted veggies! I think you’d love it, you’ll have to let me know if you give it a try.

  8. Rebecca says:

    what a great salad! I love pretty much everything in it
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  9. Lorie says:

    The salad looks so good and I really want to try this dressing! Love some tahini!

    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you, I’m loving the dressing on all the roasted veggies right now. I hope you love it as much as I do!

  10. This salad looks delish, but I’m totally crushing on the dressing you made!! I could whip up a whole jar of it and be happy for a while 🙂

  11. Joanna says:

    I can eat salads 25/7. This is so perfect for fall and winter!

  12. Laura says:

    I make a batch of roasted veggies every few days just to eat them on salads! Loving the sound of this dressing!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      I always roast extra veggies and they always disappear so much quicker than I plan. I’m loving this dressing on all the roasted veggies.

  13. Emily says:

    I’m right there with ya! This looks like hands down some amazing comfort food. Mmmm I’m so excited to try this!

  14. Natalie says:

    I never had warm salad before. I need to change that asap. Looking at this delicious salad I’m literally drooling. Tahini dressing sounds amazing with all the veggies.

    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      It’s more warm veggies on greens with crispy apples, hemp seeds, and tahini on top so not too hot but the warm veggies and the whole bowl just hits the spot! If you try it I hope you love it as much as I do!

  15. Mikki says:

    Looks delicious! Love the idea of the apple cider tahini Dressing!

  16. Kalee says:

    This looks so good! I love mixing in apple into a Fall salad!

  17. This sounds SO delicious! I’m loving pumpkin in sweet recipes, but haven’t had it much in savory recipes. Love that you’ve incorporated it into a salad!
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  18. Maria says:

    I have some Soom tahini too so I am going to try this out!
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  19. That apple cider tahini dressing sounds bomb! I love a good loaded salad! And warm salads are perfect for fall (once the weather starts actually dropping) 🙂

    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      The dressing is so good on all the roasted veggies! I don’t think out temps got above 55F here today, a HUGE change from last week.

  20. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    Yum! This salad sounds incredible!! I pinned it and will give it a try this week…YUM!!! 🙂

  21. Megan says:

    How cool! I’ve never had a salad with pumpkin in it!

  22. Kristina says:

    this salad has so many things I love! and I am really craving salads right now, so this IS going to happen…

  23. I want to drizzle that tahini dressing on everything!

  24. Oh my goodness, what a great way to use pumpkin in a less traditional manner. I’ve never had it in a salad before but it sounds amazing.

  25. Sandi says:

    I love the fall flavors you added for this salad….perfect for lunchtime!

  26. Oh my! This is the perfect fall salad. Pumpkin and apple cider all in one, and it is picture perfect to boot!

  27. Amanda says:

    This looks delicious. I have some roasted garlic tahini that I think I’ll try with the dressing recipe.
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  28. Jereann Zann says:

    Love how nutritious this salad is and the warm ingredients adds a comforting component to it!

  29. Okay, now I know what to do with those pie pumpkins they have at Trader Joe’s now!
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