Squash Season is here! I shared this delicious recipe for an Autumn Harvest salad with Emily Burris and Travis Teich on KOIN AM Extra. Dressed in a homemade Pumpkin Tahini Vinaigrette, this salad will make your taste buds dance. Full of color, this salad is also gluten-free, and plant powered. Rich in flavor, nutrients, and anti-oxidants, this salad a the perfect 1:1:1 meal. Delicata squash is the superstar ingredient! It is technically a fruit because it comes from a flower and contains seeds. However, in cooking and in the culinary world, it is treated like a vegetable. While it tastes somewhat similar to sweet potatoes, delicata squash has 7 gram of carbohydrate in a ¾ cup serving compared to 40g in sweet potatoes.


  • 3 cups kale
  • 3 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 whole delicata squashed, seeded, sliced into any shape you prefer, roasted
  • 1 apple, sliced (any variety)
  • 1 lb. of figs (green and purple), sliced to desire size
  • 1/3 cup of crumbled blue cheese (vegan, dairy free) or your preferred variety
  • 1/3 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp. avocado oil used to roast the delicata squash.


  • 4 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. maple syrup
  • 2tsp. dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

*you may need water to thin it out.


  1. Toss the kale in the pumpkin vinaigrette
  2. Add the cooked quinoa to kale and toss.
  3. Place the delicata squash on an oven-safe baking sheet. Drizzle with avocado oil. Sprinkle sea salt on top. Bake the delicata squash at 375 for 25 minutes and flip 1/2 way through. You want to see a roasted and golden color.
  4. You can continue adding the other ingredients into the bowl, toss and serve as a power bowl. OR, or you can plate the dressed kale/quinoa mix onto individual plates or a platter for serving
  5. Decorate each plate or platter with the remaining ingredients.


  • Combine all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Serves: 5