Autumn Chopped Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette

When everything on your Thanksgiving table is beige and roasted...

It's nice to have a fresh and colorful salad.  This one combines pear, cucumber and sweet red pepper that is tossed with dried cranberries, feta and a pumpkin vinaigrette.  Toasted pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) are sprinkled on the top.  If you can find it, a drizzle of toasted pumpkin seed oil makes it extra special!

Autumn Chopped Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette:

Autumn Chopped Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette Recipe:

Christina Verrelli-epicuricloud.com

Makes 5 cups (6-8 servings)

Salad Ingredients:

1 seedless (English) Cucumber, peeled and chopped

1 red pear, cored and chopped

1 red pepper, seeded and chopped

¼ red onion, chopped

½ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped

1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled

¼ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup raw pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)

1 teaspoon oil

1/8 teaspoon salt

Pumpkin Vinaigrette Ingredients:

¼ cup pumpkin puree

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

1 small clove garlic

½ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon water

½ teaspoon dry thyme

½ cup olive oil

optional toasted pumpkin seed oil

Directions:

In large bowl, toss together chopped cucumber, pear, pepper, onion, parsley, feta and cranberries.

Combine pumpkin, vinegar, syrup, Dijon, garlic, salt, pepper, water and thyme in food processor and blend until well mixed.  With processor running, drizzle in olive oil. 

Mix desired amount of dressing into chopped salad.  Drizzle with a little toasted pumpkin seed oil if desired.

Toast pepitas in a skillet with a little neutral oil and some kosher salt – low heat, keep watch until fragrant and beginning to brown.  They will pop a little bit.

Sprinkle with pepitas right before serving

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