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Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad (Paleo, Vegan)

Celebrate Fall with this tangy and sweet Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad, that’s full of flavor and delicious textures. It makes a wonderful side to any holiday dish!

Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad

I’ve been eyeing squash and gourds at every grocery store lately, and I know you’ve been enjoying seeing them pop up this season if you are a huge squash fan like me. My favorite squash is kabocha squash and I seriously think its the best tasting one out there. I’m actually a bit biased because it’s the type I grew up eating the most, and I didn’t even know about butternut squash until in college.

Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad Recipe

This delicious and warm salad can be made using either kabocha or butternut squash, and I think I may have to make it over and over again throughout the next few months and the holidays. It’s wonderfully tangy and sweet without any processed sugars, and there are so many different textures and flavors that complement each other so ridiculously well.

Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad

Keeping It Whole30

If you are doing the Whole30 challenge (which I highly recommend you try out!), make sure to purchase dried cranberries without any added sugar. It may seem hard to find at a regular grocery store, but I get mine on Amazon here. They are super tasty both alone and used in recipes, and I love that they contain less sugar and carbs than the typical ones that we are used to.

Also, to add a bit more sweetness without using processed sugar to this Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad, a dried medjool date is used in the dressing and the result is pretty darn fantastic. Remember to soak the date in warm-hot water for 5-10 minutes to soften it up so it can blend well. It’s the type of dressing that I’ll be making over and over again to use as my go-to dressing over any salad!

Perfect Holiday Side Dish

With the holidays coming up, I highly recommend you make this easy and hearty salad to serve alongside turkey, ham, or any main dish. It’s a crowd pleaser that goes so well with any protein and I’m even thinking about making it for a holiday potluck I may be attending in the coming months.

Hope this Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad helps you enjoy this wonderful season, and make the holidays and gatherings a bit easier if you plan to try out the Whole30 challenge during those times. Enjoy!

Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad

Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad (Paleo, Vegan)

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 226 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Celebrate Fall with this tangy and sweet Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad, that's full of flavor and delicious textures. It makes a wonderful side to any holiday dish!

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Ingredients

  • 2 lb kabocha squash or butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw walnut halves
  • 2 cups salad greens
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries no sugar added
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced

Dressing

  • 1 pitted medjool date soaked in warm water until soft, then drained
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsps apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Place cubed squash in a baking pan and toss with coconut oil, sea salt, and pepper, until evenly coated.

  3. Roast for 18-20 minutes until tender, turning the pan halfway through.

  4. While the squash is roasting, heat a large skillet over medium heat.

  5. Add ghee and walnuts, and stir together for 5 minutes until the walnuts are golden and fragrant.

  6. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

  7. Remove the squash from the oven.

  8. While the squash cools a bit, place all the dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

  9. In a large salad bowl, add salad greens, roasted squash, toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, and red onion. 

  10. Drizzle the dressing over everything, and toss gently to coat.

  11. Serve warm. 

Nutrition Facts
Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad (Paleo, Vegan)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 602mg 25%
Potassium 629mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 10g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 44.4%
Vitamin C 26.9%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Paleo Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Cookies

These yummy and crunchy Paleo Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Cookies are a delicious addition to your holiday dessert table!

Paleo Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Cookies

I made these Paleo Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Cookies on a whim to send out as holiday gifts to my friends and family, and thank goodness I did. I took one bite of these cookies and they are so delicious and amazing, and has the perfect amount of crunch from the pistachios. I probably would’ve have finished the whole thing in one sitting if I didn’t have to pack them up and ship them out.

I honestly didn’t give these cookies much thought when I first started making them and wasn’t even planning to share them with you. I just saw that I had pistachios and dried cranberries in my pantry and decided that they would go great together in cookie form. So I tested out a batch and I couldn’t believe how yummy they turned out, so I made 2 more batches to share them for the holidays (and the recipe with you!).

Paleo Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Cookies

I love adding flaky sea salt to dessert recipes. The flavor and the texture they give are just the best, and I highly recommend you sprinkle some on these cookies to really let the tastes of cranberries and pistachios shine. It also gives such a festive, holiday look, and they remind me of light snowfall.

If you looking for gluten and grain free cookies that are a bit more special and fun than your regular old sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookies, you’ll love these Paleo Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Cookies. Hope you enjoy!

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Paleo Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Jean Choi

These yummy and crunchy Paleo Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Cookies are a delicious addition to your holiday dessert table!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond flour, coconut flour, cacao powder, coconut sugar, baking soda and sea salt. 

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together coconut oil, egg, and vanilla extract. 

  4. Pour wet ingredient into dry ingredient, and stir together until well mixed.

  5. Fold in pistachios and cranberries. 

  6. Scoop with a large rounded tablespoon to drop dough onto the lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly. 

  7. Bake for 12-13 minutes, until golden brown.

  8. If using, top each cookie with a pinch of flaky sea salt. Cool completely (at least 15 minutes) before removing from parchment paper.

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Paleo Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

This crunchy and slightly sweet Whole30-friendly and Paleo Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad is must-have side dish that you’ll want for every holiday dinner!

Paleo Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

Salads are an all-year-round favorite meal for me. During the summer, it’s all about raw and cold veggies, and in the colder months, I love to throw together anything warm, comforting, and roasted. This Paleo Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad is the best of both worlds because you can eat it cold or warm and it’s delicious either way.

Paleo Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe

I actually ate a similar salad to this at a local seafood restaurant in Long Beach, and I loved it so much that I was determined to recreate it at home. I’m excited that it actually turned out better than the restaurant version, probably because it’s lower in sugar, uses fresher ingredients, and most importantly, made with high quality oils that are hard to come by when you dine out.

Paleo Roasted Brussels Sprouts SaladI don’t usually like fruits in my salads but these dried cranberries complement the slightly bitter brussels sprouts so well and really brighten up this dish, both in appearance and in flavor. Roasting the brussels sprouts gives the salad a much deeper and smokier flavor than marinating them raw, which is how I’ve seen other brussels sprouts salads get made.

Delicious Both Warm or Cold!

I really enjoyed this Paleo Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad right after making it when it was warm, but the leftovers were also really delicious as the flavors melded together even more in the fridge. I suggest you make a double batch because you’ll want to eat it again and again. I plan to cook it many times this winter because it also make a great holiday side dish!

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Paleo Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

Paleo Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

Course: Salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jean Choi

This crunchy and slightly sweet Whole30-friendly and Paleo Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad is must-have side dish that you'll want for every holiday dinner!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts ends trimmed
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 2 stalks green onions chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup Omit for Whole30 or RESTART
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Use a sharp knife to slice the brussels sprouts thinly lengthwise, or you can do this in a food processor with the slicer attachment.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and spread sliced almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet.

  3. Bake for 5-6 minutes until the almonds are lightly browned, shaking the pan every minute. 

  4. Remove from the oven and transfer to a separate plate to keep from browning further.

  5. Raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees F.

  6. Combine sliced brussels sprouts, coconut oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl and toss until well combined.

  7. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the brussels sprouts are tender and the edges are browned slightly.

  8. While the brussels sprouts are roasting, combine the rest of the ingredients, in a large mixing bowl and toss together.

  9. Add the brussels sprouts into the bowl once they are finished roasting. Toss everything together to coat.

  10. Season with more salt and pepper, if needed.

  11. Serve warm or cold.

 

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