The Best Salad {EVER!}

by Kelli H. on December 10, 2014


Basically, this is the best salad ever. I thought about writing that it was the best fall salad, but I see us eating this all winter, too. It would have been too weird to title it “The Best Fall/Winter Salad”, well at least I think it would have been.

Seriously! This salad’s toppings are my favorite to date. I’m loving dried figs. It’d also be delicious with fresh figs, but to fit into my budget, dried works great. They are so sweet and a tad chewy. The roasted onions and delicata squash give this salad such deep flavors that really take it over the edge and make it a show stopper. Walnuts are my favorite nut to use in salads, so obvi it’s amazing. Also, is there anything better than cheese? Please forgive me for forgetting the goat cheese in my photos. Where was my head?! Probably had to do with the fact that I had a ridiculous confrontation with my neighbors mother right before making this, so I was pretty frazzled.

The last step is making the salad dressing and it’s super simple. I love all the wholesome ingredients. Since doing the Whole30 in October, David and I have been making all our own salad dressings which is great, because you don’t have any preservatives which are just nasty, let’s face it! This makes enough dressing for this salad and maybe some leftovers, but you could double the recipe and keep it around for a week/week and a half because it’s just that tasty!

I plan on making this salad at least once a week until I can no longer find delicata in the the stores. I have a new found love for delicata squash because you can eat the skin, which means no extra time in the kitchen peeling off the skin. Plus, I really like the texture of the skin. It’s a little chewy, but once you get used to it, it’s amazing! I even like it cold or served for breakfast with kale and eggs if you have enough leftover.

This salad is a show stopper looks-wise and taste-wise. Do everyone you know a favor and invite them over for dinner and serve this salad. If you serve salad at Christmas dinner, this is your salad! Trust me. Enjoy!

The Best Salad {EVER!}
Serves 4-6

2 small delicata squash, sliced in half, seeds removed, & sliced into 1/2″ pieces
1 yellow onion, sliced in half and then sliced into 1/2″ slices
1.5 tablespoon olive oil
6 dried figs, quartered
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
8 cups mixed greens

Dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 lemon or about 1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a mixing bowl combine; delicata squash slices, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper. Lay out on baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven and carefully flip each slice over. Place back in oven and continue roasting for another 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.

3. On another baking sheet; mix onion and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Roast in oven with delicata squash. Mix the onions up when you flip the squash over. The onions may not need a whole 30 minutes. Keep on eye on them from browning too much.

4.  In a jar or container with a tight fitting lid; combine all dressing ingredients and shake until combined.

5. In a large serving bowl; lay down mixed greens, top with roasted delicata slices, onions, figs, walnuts, and goat cheese. Mix with dressing and serve.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Made in Sonoma December 10, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Hi Kelli! Greetings from down in San Francisco! I love the look of this salad and all the flavors. Hope you’re having a great Wednesday:)

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Made in Sonoma December 10, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Show-stopper fo sho!

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Made in Sonoma December 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Love love love delicata squash! Looks delicious!

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Made in Sonoma December 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I’ve never tried delicate squash before (I think it’s the only one I have never tried!) This looks like the perfect salad for fall or winter though 🙂

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Made in Sonoma December 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Looks like we both had holiday salads on the brain! I love your version. It reminded me that I haven’t had any delicata this season. I need to change that!

And hopefully everything is okay with your neighbor’s mother, lol. Now I’m curious! 😉

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Made in Sonoma December 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

I love love love delicata squash! Such a great idea putting it into a salad. Must try this ASAP.

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Made in Sonoma December 10, 2014 at 10:17 pm

I love delicata squash in salad! The addition of figs sounds delicious!

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Made in Sonoma December 11, 2014 at 5:48 am

Thanks, Ashley!

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Made in Sonoma December 11, 2014 at 5:48 am

This was the first year I’ve cooked it! It’s sooo good! Definitely a new favorite.

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Made in Sonoma December 11, 2014 at 5:50 am

Ugh, imagine neighbors with construction going on who took down your fence for 5 weeks and haven’t put it back up (hello! we have a dog!). He sent his divorce attorney (she had to tell us during the argument) mother over to “smooth things over” which made it 100% worse. Total disaster.

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Made in Sonoma December 11, 2014 at 5:51 am

You could! But if you find delicata — do it! Such a treat.

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