Clean Eating Autumn Squash Salad (Gluten Free, Grain Free)

This Clean Eating Autumn Squash Salad is a perfect combination of savory and sweet. Loaded with flavor, this salad is gluten, grain and refined sugar free!

I'm the luckiest person in the world. As I type this, I'm sitting in my sister and brother-in-law's home in New York staring at the most beautiful baby on earth. That's right ladies and gents... my niece made her arrival! I've spent the last few days out here getting to know and love little Kaylee. She's the most beautiful baby ever. Even though she sleeps 98% of the day, we've spent so much time together that I have DEFINITELY locked it in as the favorite Aunt.

My trip to New York messed a bit with my weekly schedule. I missed out on my usual SWEAT classes since I was out of town, so I dropped into an Orangetheory location out here today. My first time at OT was good workout, but wasn't my favorite set up.  That first time it was 25 minutes of floor work followed by 25 minutes on the treadmill.  Since I run on my off days, I found that to be too much consistent treadmill work for me. I was there to get some interval work that I might not do on my own at home.  Today at the New York location, we did a "tornado" set-up.  This meant that we rotated through floor work, rowers and the treadmill much more frequently, which is much more my style. Rowing wasn't my strong suit when I first started these types of workouts, so I have to give credit to SWEAT Chicago for tremendously improving my rowing technique. I was going almost 1.75x the pace we were aiming for and was able to keep it consistent, which is a huge win for me!

After my workout, I dropped by a Wegman's grocery store, because isn't that the natural thing to do when you're completely sweaty and disgusting? We don't have Wegman's in Chicago and after spending some time out here, that makes me really sad. They are so clutch when it comes to grass fed and organic meat options, good produce, paleo friendly products. The accessibility of these products is OUT OF CONTROL. I'm in love.

I'm also in love with salads (ALL of the salads) which is why this trip was necessary. I've eaten approximately a billion in the last couple weeks and my trip out here is no different. I already went through all the salad greens I had purchased... and probably will go through this new round soon since I just got done eating another one. Sometimes the fresh, crispness of a salad can't be beaten. Now, some may say salads are for summers. I say that they've just never thrown squash on their salad before.

The particular salad I've been eating, my Autumn Squash Salad, is topped with butternut squash. I also add on some pepitas for crunch and fruit sweetened cranberries for a little tart contrast. If you eat dairy, I HIGHLY recommend adding some feta on to this.  You don't need a lot, but it really takes it through the flavor roof. The only dressing on this salad is olive oil, because it really doesn't need flavor from anything besides the toppings that are on it. Oh. And if I didn't mention it before, the toppings also include some crumbled bacon. Bacon + butternut squash = LIFE.


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Clean Eating Autumn Squash Salad (Gluten Free, Grain Free)
This Clean Eating Autumn Squash Salad is a perfect combination of savory and sweet. Loaded with flavor, this salad is gluten, grain and refined sugar free!
Ingredients
  • 1.5-2 cups mixed greens
  • 2 pieces uncured, nitrate free bacon
  • 1/3 cup chicken, cooked + cubed
  • 1 lg hardboiled egg
  • 2 tbs pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 tbs fruit sweetened cranberries
  • 1/3 cup butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil + addtl for dressing
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2 tbs feta cheese *OPTIONAL
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.2. Toss squash lightly in olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon. Spread across a baking sheet in a single layer. Place in oven to bake for 20-30 mins or until you can pierce the skin easily with a fork. Flip the squash 1/2 way through the bake time.3. Place bacon on a separate baking sheet. Place it in the oven to bake for 15-20 minutes until crisped to your liking.4. While the squash and bacon are cooking, melt 1 tbs of coconut oil in a skillet on the stove. Toss in your diced chicken and saute until cooked through.5. When the bacon has crisped up well, remove it from the oven and let it cool. Place between sheets of paper towel to soak up the grease. Once done, crumble it using your hands.6. When the squash is done baking, remove from oven and allow it to cool outside of the pan.7. Assemble the salad in a big bowl. Toss with olive oil and consume!
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 serving

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