Spiralized Apple and Arugula Salad with Roasted Honey Glazed Acorn Squash

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Spiralized Apple and Arugula Salad with Roasted Honey Glazed Acorn Squash

Spiralized Apple and Arugula Salad with Roasted Honey Glazed Acorn Squash

Happy December!

I can’t believe it’s December. I know I said that about September and October, but really, December is the last month of the year. Of the year!!

I spent pretty much 75% of yesterday booking Cyber Monday deals for hotels. Honestly, it’s the smartest thing you can do if you like to travel but don’t have the budget to do so.

Spiralized Apple and Arugula Salad with Roasted Honey Glazed Acorn Squash

And remember, if you’re still holiday shopping, the Inspiralizer® is 20% off this week for Cyber Monday, no code required.

Cyber Monday is such a funny thing. I feel this pressure to spend money because I’m saving money. Sounds ironic, right? It’s a great excuse to book some travel trips, but definitely helpful for holiday shopping.

It always ends up that the places you want to stay and things you want to buy are not having a Cyber Monday deal or it’s not significant enough or, in the case of travel, there are obnoxious blackout dates.

Spiralized Apple and Arugula Salad with Roasted Honey Glazed Acorn Squash

The reason I decided to have a Cyber Monday weeklong sale, is because I know how stressful (as a consumer) it can be to book and buy everything in one day! Also, every year I sent my mom a Cyber Monday deal for a Christmas gift idea and she ALWAYS e-mails me the next day, “What was the link again?!” #sigh

Anyways, now that it’s December and officially holiday season, it’s a great time to add some fall flavors into salads. Now, I’m a big believer in building amazing salads that don’t seem very salady.

Take this roasted squash – it’s sweet, filling and hearty so that you don’t miss a protein. You can pre-roast the squash (#mealplanning), pre-mix the dressing and then when it comes time to make your salad, all you have to do is spiralize the apples and toss them in a mixing bowl with the feta, pecans and arugula.

Spiralized Apple and Arugula Salad with Roasted Honey Glazed Acorn Squash

I love this simple salad – it’s got lots of flavor, crunch, sweetness, savoriness and most importantly, the apple noodles add a fun texture, making the salad that much more interesting.

Alas, if you’re looking at this saying, “I need more protein!” then it would go great with black lentils, quinoa, or even some chili shrimp (a nice kick of spice would work wonders here) or even some chopped chicken or leftover turkey (if you still have it.)

Now it’s time to build my holidays bucket list – it includes ornament decorating, that’s for sure.

Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers PointsPlus*  8 points

*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers PointsPlus® calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.

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Spiralized Apple and Arugula Salad with Roasted Honey Glazed Acorn Squash

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • For the salad:
  • 1 acorn squash seeded and halved and quartered (yield 8 slices)
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large honey crisp or Gala apple or favorite apple
  • 6 cups of baby arugula
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • For the dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Assemble the acorn squash on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Drizzle each slice with about 1/2 teaspoon of honey and season with salt and pepper. Roast for about 35-40 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Fifteen minutes before the squash is done roasting, spiralize the apple with Blade D and add it to a large mixing bowl along with the arugula, pecans and half of the feta. Set aside.
  • Place all of the ingredients for the dressing into a small bowl and whisk together. Taste and adjust to your preference.
  • Once the squash is done, pour the dressing over the salad mixture and toss to combine thoroughly. Divide the salad onto four plates and top each with two squash slices and remaining feta.

 

spiralized apple and arugula salad with roasted acorn squash

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11 comments

Danielle says:
I cannot wait to make this! I ordered my Inspiralizer Sunday and it cannot get here fast enough. I gave my old one to a friend in hopes that she gets hooked on spiralizing too!! I should have waited a week! :( I would love to hear more about the travel deals you booked yesterday. I have never thought about doing that before but it sounds like the best idea! I really love the blog, Ali! Thanks!
Stephie G. says:
You "inspiralize" me every day, Ali! Last night, I was determined to not let lazy Monday night get the better of me. At 10 PM, I was cooking rice, heating green beans, rinsing canellini beans and roasting spiralized butternut squash for my lunches this week. It was my first time spiralizing a butternut. That sucker is difficult, but I got through it. I really wanted to eat my vegan rice bowl right then, but I'm happy to know I've got something great for lunches this week. Everytime I see your recipe come into my inbox, my inspiration starts flowing. Thanks for dedicating your blog to veggie/fruit noodles. It's a fun new take on some classics!
Ali Maffucci says:
Thank you so much, Stephie! And bravo to you for that meal planning, you're going to really thank yourself this week!
lauren says:
I've been trying to have more veggie-focused meals, but that is tough in winter when I just want hot comfort foods! This looks like a great way to incorporate seasonal produce. I loved the brussels sprouts and butternut squash noodles recipe last week too. Keep it up, lady :)
Ali Maffucci says:
Thank you! Adding hot foods to salads makes them heartier, I think!
Malcolm says:
A slight improvement on Spiralizing apples would be to keep the spirals under water in a bowl to which you have added a Tablespoon of Vitamin C powder. This keeps them from oxidizing and turning brown until you add them to the other ingredients. Then shake the excess water off and proceed to add them in. Enjoy!
That roasted squash looks incredible!! Every day I look forward to watch your kitchen adventures on Snapchat, so thanks for doing them! I haven't done apple noodles yet this season but I definitely need to get on that! Thanks for the Cyber Monday week sale - I'm going to order an Inspiralizer as a wedding gift for my best friend. Spreading the love!
Lynn says:
I made this salad last night using butternut squash, because I did not have acorn in the house. It was so delicious! Having the leftovers for lunch today! Thanks for the great ideas, keep them coming!
Ali Maffucci says:
I'm so happy you liked it! Thank you!
SS says:
This looks delicious, and will try it this weekend! Quick question though-is the squash peeled before baking? PS I also am enjoying your what I ate videos! Thanks for all your inspiration

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