Roasted Delicata Squash, Fig and Persimmon Wild Rice Salad recipe packed with kale, pomegranate, and tossed in a spiced maple vinaigrette!

Roasted delicata squash wild rice salad in a bowl

I did some major gardening about a week ago and realized my tomato plants are so close to the end.  I’ll probably be pulling them up this week which makes me really sad, but they’ve had a good run.

In all honestly, I haven’t really been incorporating tomatoes into my dishes lately because of all the fall produce that I’m finding.  I guess I really am over summer!

This Roasted Delicata Squash, Fig and Persimmon Wild Rice Salad is one of the ways I’ve been celebrating fall lately.  It incorporates some of my favorite fall ingredients with wild rice and the warm flavor of cinnamon!

To say that I’m excited about this salad is a serious understatement.

Delicata squash, fig and pomegranate wild rice in a bowl

This salad came to be when I had (5) of my favorite ingredients on hand:

  • Delicata squash
  • Figs
  • Fuyu persimmon
  • Kale
  • Pomegranate

I wanted to create a dish where they would shine together and knew the perfect vehicle would be a wild rice salad.  All of the colors, textures, and flavors just scream fall!

I decided to add some warm spice to the equation so I roasted the delicata squash in some ground cinnamon and added some to the vinaigrette as well.

A little spice does make everything nice after all. 🙂

The vinaigrette also has tangy apple cider vinegar which is a must this time of year, along with some maple syrup to continue on with our fall theme.

Roasted Delicata Squash, Fig and Persimmon Wild Rice Salad in a bowl

The best part of this wild rice salad is that it’s so versatile.  You can substitute the delicata squash for butternut squash, red kuri, or pumpkin and it would be equally delicious.

If you haven’t tried delicata squash I encourage you do so.  It’s got a sweet flavor and velvety texture that I think is even better than butternut squash.  And the clincher?  You don’t have to peel it!  Simply halve it, remove the seeds, and slice it into half moons and roast away.

The delicata skin is beautiful and adds a nice chewy texture that I love.  Kabocha squash and red kuri squash are other autumn squash that you don’t have to peel so look them up!  

If figs aren’t in season you can substitute them with dried figs or add dried cranberries if you’re not into figs at all.  You can also use pears or apples or whatever fruit you have on hand!

This dish will be the hit of your fall table and guess what?  The leftovers make an amazing lunch.

With salads like this, I’m definitely not going to miss summer produce. 🙂

Roasted Delicata Squash, Fig and Persimmon Wild Rice Salad in a bowl with fork

Wild rice salad with figs, delicata squash and pomegranate

Roasted Delicata Squash, Fig and Persimmon Wild Rice Salad

Roasted Delicata Squash, Fig, and Persimmon Wild Rice Salad is packed with kale, pomegranate, and tossed in a spiced maple vinaigrette!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup wild rice blend prepared according to package instructions
  • 1 cup delicata squash
  • 1 cup chopped fresh kale tough stems removed
  • 1 fuyu persimmon stemmed and chopped (no need to peel!)
  • 5 medium figs quartered (about 1 cup)
  • 2 green onions both white and green parts, sliced on the bias
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 cup skinned and toasted hazelnuts chopped*
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon divided
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Place the delicata squash on a rimmed baking sheet and toss in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon, and salt to taste.  Roast for 30-40 minutes or until tender and caramelized.  Remove from heat.
  • Place the chopped kale in large bowl When the rice is done, pour it into the bowl over the kale and toss to combine.  This will wilt the kale slightly.  Allow to cool slightly.
  • Place the remaining olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt and pepper to taste in a mason jar, cover, and shake vigorously until combined.  Set aside.
  • Add the roasted squash, persimmon, figs, green onion, and pomegranate arils to the wild rice kale mixture.  Add enough dressing to coat and toss to combine.
  • Serve slightly warm with chopped hazelnuts and enjoy!

Notes

  • This salad is very versatile!  Use butternut squash, pumpkin, or your favorite squash in place of the delicata and substitute with your favorite fruits like pear or apple.  If figs aren't in season, dried figs would be amazing as well!
  • Leftover salad makes the perfect lunch for a few days.
  • * I used Trader Joe's pre-toasted hazelnuts -- they were a huge time saver!

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Sodium: 57mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 14g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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