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Grilled Acorn Squash (with Salad)

This eye-catching salad boasts an array of colors and delicious flavors. It starts by grilling acorn squash which has a mild, buttery flavor that absorbs sweet smoke like a dream. Once done, it joins a delicious combination of peppery arugula, bitter radicchio, pomegranate arils, walnuts, and figs, finished with honey and lemon vinaigrette.
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 23 mins

Ingredients

Squash

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for the grates
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Salad

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 cup chopped radicchio
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 medium figs, quartered or sliced

Dressing

Instructions

  • Preheat your Z-Grill (preferably with branded cherry or applewood pellets) or other wood pellet grill to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil the grates once hot to prevent sticking.
  • Cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the stem, and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
  • Cut the squash into equal-sized wedges. Feel free to peel them.
  • Whisk the oil, salt, black pepper, and honey together in a bowl. Brush each wedge with this mixture.
  • Transfer the squash to the grates, close the lid, and cook for 7 minutes or until it is almost tender.
  • Remove the squash and increase the grill's temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the lid closed while preheating.
  • Uncover and grill the squash for 2-3 minutes per side or until they develop nice grill marks.
  • Remove the squash from the grill and set it aside.
  • Add the arugula, radicchio, pomegranate arils, and walnuts to a salad bowl. Toss to combine.
  • Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl or shake in a mason jar until well combined.
  • Drizzle as much dressing as desired over the contents of the salad bowl and toss again.
  • Divide between serving plates, arrange acorn squash wedges and figs among the other salad ingredients, drizzle a bit more dressing on top and serve.

Notes

If vegan, feel free to use maple syrup in place of honey.
Calories: 320kcal
Cost: 10
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled, Vegetable

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Sodium: 700mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 26g | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1.4mg