1/3 cup pure pumpkin puree (I used the canned version)
1 teaspoon minced garlic (or about ¼ - ½ teaspoon garlic powder)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
For the Salad:
1 acorn squash, plus olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt for roasting*
1 apple, thinly sliced
½ cup toasted pecans
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 pkg. (5-6 ounces) mixed salad greens (you can use any blend that you prefer, but I like a mix that includes broccoli slaw, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and chicory)
For the dressing:
Place all ingredients in a blender and combine. Chill until ready to use.
To roast the acorn squash: preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
Slice squash lengthwise, remove seeds, and slice horizontally into ½-inch thick rounds. Place sliced squash in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup, sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon and salt, to taste. Toss squash to coat.
Bake squash at 400 degree F for approximately 20 minutes (or until tender and caramelized), flipping halfway through.
Once the squash has cooled, cut it into bite-sized pieces and place it in a large salad bowl with the remaining ingredients. Add Pumpkin Goddess dressing and toss gently. Serve immediately.
Notes* can substitute with diced roasted sweet potatoes or butternut squash