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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!



  • 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


  • 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


  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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Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon (Paleo, Whole30, Keto) [VIDEO]

This post was sponsored by Alaska Seafood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

This paleo and Whole30-friendly Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon is ready in less than 30 minutes and you’ll love the crunchy crust packed with a ton of flavor!

Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon

I think I found a new favorite way to enjoy salmon! I’ve never had walnut crusted salmon before making this version, and I thought I would try something new in honor of Wild Alaska Salmon Day coming up on August 10th. I’m so glad I did because I’m in love with the crunchy topping in combination with the yummy salmon filet.


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Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon Recipe

This recipe super easy to make, while being healthy and delicious. It’s paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly, and the combination of spices in the walnut crust gives the Alaska salmon a ton of flavor.

Chopped walnuts are combined with fresh dill, paprika, onion power, salt and pepper, and this delicious savory combo is pressed on top of Alaska salmon filets which have been spread thinly with dijon mustard. The whole thing is then baked to golden crispy perfection, and you have a fantastic meal to serve alongside your favorite veggies and sides.

Walnut Crusted Alaska SalmonWalnut Crusted Alaska Salmon

Choosing the Best Quality Salmon

One of my top priorities when I cook anything is the quality of ingredients I’m using, and it’s no exception when it comes to salmon. The first thing I look for on the label is to always make sure that they are wild-caught over farm raised. Next, I like to choose Alaska salmon to ensure I’m eating the highest quality fish.

Why Alaska Salmon?

  • Seafood from Alaska is always sustainable and wild, and their high quality seafood is available all year round whether fresh or frozen.
  • The natural environment of Alaska produces salmon that is full of beneficial vitamins and minerals, with a high dose of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Frozen Alaska salmon also contain those healthy nutrients and are just as tasty as fresh, because they are flash frozen at the time of harvest to maintain the utmost purity and freshness.
  • Alaska salmon is harvested by fishermen who follow the most sustainable practices to ensure the highest quality and best tasting seafood.

To learn more about Alaska salmon and their awesome benefits and sustainability practices, read all about it in the Ultimate Guide to Wild Alaska Salmon.

Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon

Where to Find Alaska Salmon

I found that it was relatively easy to find wild Alaska Salmon around me. You can find them at Whole Foods and Sprouts either fresh or frozen all throughout the year. But if you have trouble locating them at your grocery store, make sure to ask for it at the seafood counter. I even like to ask servers at restaurants before ordering any kind of seafood dish.

Want more recipes and cooking techniques with Alaska seafood? Make sure to visit Wild Alaska Seafood for hundreds of ways to create a delicious meal with high quality seafood, like this Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon!

Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon

Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 375 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This paleo and Whole30-friendly Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon is ready in less than 30 minutes and you'll love the crunchy crust packed with a ton of flavor!



  • 4 wild Alaska sockeye salmon filets boneless
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • Lemon juice for garnish

Dill Walnut Topping

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. Pat dry the salmon and lay out the filets on the parchment paper, skin side down. 

  3. Brush the tops of the salmon with mustard. 

  4. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the dill walnut topping and mix together. 

  5. Press the topping on the salmon, using the mustard to help it stick. 

  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon, until the fish is flaky.

  7. Sprinkle with lemon juice before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Mustard Dill Walnut Crusted Alaska Salmon (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
Amount Per Serving (1 filet)
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 451mg 19%
Potassium 907mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 4.5%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 10.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Blueberry Walnut Coconut Fat Bombs

Blueberry Walnut Coconut BombsWhile working with clients going through the RESTART sugar detox program, one of the top concerns they have is what to eat for snacks and how to kill those awful cravings that hit at odd hours, especially during their first week. The key is to always be prepared and to have the right snacks available, so you don’t go off-plan with a “what the heck do I eat” feeling and grab that box of sugar-filled cereal. One of my favorite ways to stay on track is to eat high fat snack bites, called fat bombs, that’ll fill you up quickly while killing those cravings. I love using coconut anything to make fat bombs because it’s easy to digest and the body primarily uses it for energy, instead of storing it as fat. I recently made these blueberry walnut coconut fat bombs that really did the job for me.

Blueberry Walnut Coconut Bombs

Blueberry Walnut Coconut Bombs

Blueberry Walnut Coconut BombsYou can cool and harden these fat bombs in a prettier silicon mold, but I’m lazy and I just leave them in a loaf pan in the fridge, then cut them into squares once they harden. The walnuts add a delicious crunch to each bite, and the blueberries give a slight sweetness that you might be craving without throwing your blood sugar off balance. I highly recommend you make a batch for the week to get ready for your new low-sugar lifestyle, and see how great you can feel!

Blueberry Walnut Coconut Bombs

Blueberry Walnut Coconut Fat Bombs

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Author: Jean Choi



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place blueberries in a food processor and pulse until they are chopped into fine pieces.
  3. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  4. Pour coconut oil. coconut butter, maple syrup, and blueberries in the pan (no need to combine thoroughly) and bake for 10 minutes until coconut oil and coconut butter are melted, and the blueberries are cooked.
  5. Take out of the oven and let it cook for 10 minutes, then stir in shredded coconut and chopped walnuts.
  6. Refrigerate uncovered for at least 30 minutes to let the mixture harden.
  7. When ready to eat, pull out the parchment paper to remove the hardened layer from the pan.
  8. Cut into to mini squares and sprinkle with cinnamon if you wish.
  9. Store in the refrigerator.

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Blueberry Walnut Coconut Fat Bombs