Autumn Reset Button Salad

Put me in front of a salad bar (a really good one) and give me the theme like…Autumn Reset Button Salad and this is what I would come up with.

Autumn is the season where I fall in love with delicata squash again. It becomes a staple of my #shutterbeanmealprep during this time of year. I’ve also been going through a wild rice phase so that will have to work its way into this seasonal salad. Crispy apples are delicious this time of year. Pepitas and walnuts add crunch to the salad, dried cranberries add a little tang and chewiness, feta adds a nice bite and it’s all rounded out with a honey mustard vinaigrette. All the textures and tastes, come together on a bed of peppery arugula and now I remember what health food tastes like. Ahhh yes. Eating this as much as I can this season before I start all of my Homemade Holiday Gift Making! 

Let’s gather our ingredients:

If you have some wild rice in the freezer, let’s DO THIS.

Salad dressing is a combo of honey, mustard and apple cider vinegar.

If you have all of these things prepped ahead of time, you are a rock star!

Grab a bowl. Fill it up.

Toss the salad.


What a bowl of health this is!!


Autumn Reset Button Salad

makes 4 servings

  • 7 cups arugula
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 3 cups roasted delicata squash
  • 2 apples, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 3/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 2/3 crumbled feta cheese
  • honey mustard vinaigrette (see below)
  • salt & black pepper

In a large bowl, combine arugula, wild rice, delicata squash, apples, dried cranberries, pepitas, walnuts and feta. Toss salad with honey mustard vinaigrette to coat. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. 

for the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, mustard, and honey. Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly until emulsified. Season to tast with salt and black pepper. 

  • Sina

    This looks delicious! What a wonderful salad – I’m craving healthy food so much these days and this seems like a wonderful option. Thanks 🙂

  • Jenn

    This looks fantastic! Printed and is on the menu for next week already! If we are in need of additional protein, we will grill up some chicken to go with it. What a great one! Thanks!!

  • AH

    Looks delicious! I always wonder how to put those squashes to good use…do you peel the squash? thanks – @

  • Megan Cooper

    Girl, YES!! I feel like I’m losing my mind but I actually needed the reminder that arugula is the only green I like this time of year. (I knew there was one…but it wasn’t lettuce…and it wasn’t kale…? ARUGULA!) And as a matter of fact, I do have wild rice in the freezer because I made soup with half of it and saved the rest for lunch bowls. Lunch bowls very much like this deliciousness here. xoxo

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  • Rachel

    Any suggestions on where to buy delicata squash? My regular grocery store doesn’t carry it. If not, would butternut squash be a good, though less visually stimulating, substitute?

  • Lena

    I have never bought delicata squash, the salad looks so nice! Thank you for sharing.

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