Arugula-Quinoa Salad with Pomegranates & Roasted Squash

Arugula Salad with Quinoa, Pomegranate & Roasted Squash - a healthy Thanksgiving recipeCan you believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away? It’s crazy. The time has seriously gone by so quickly this year!

I think our holiday is going to be a little different this year. We’re having it at my grandparents house, who live in a senior living community, and we’re going to be eating in the facilities dining room. In fact, they are going to be cooking the entire meal for us.

It’s not the traditional meal I had in mind, but I’m sure it will be delicious just the same. I just hope they understand food allergies and there’s actually something for me to eat :)

At least I can be sure there will be a salad there. I can always count on salad. I just wish I could guarantee that it was a quinoa salad!

Arugula Salad with Quinoa, Pomegranate & Roasted Squash - a healthy Thanksgiving recipe

For some reason, I’ve been eating a lot less salad than normal. Don’t worry, I’m still getting my greens from morning smoothies and roasted veggies at dinner. (You were worried, right?) I just haven’t been feeling salads lately.

Maybe it’s because it’s getting cold out. Personally, I’d so much rather be having a big bowl of soup for lunch rather than eating a chilly salad.

That’s where quinoa salads come into the mix. With a quinoa salad, you can serve it slightly warm and it’s still just as delicious. Or, in the case of this recipe, you can serve warm ingredients on top of your salad!

Arugula Salad with Quinoa, Pomegranate & Roasted Squash - a healthy Thanksgiving recipe

Did you know you can actually eat the skins of squash? I’m not sure if it’s all varieties, but acorn and delicata are the varieties I’ve tried and I’m still here to talk about it! They’re actually really good, and if the same goes true for other fruits and vegetables, the skin has the most nutrients.

The roasted squash is the best part of this salad in my humble opinion. Of course, pomegranate seeds are fabulous and quinoa is my favorite thing on the planet, but roasted squash is right up there at the top of my fave list.

Then with everything tossed together in a mustardy vinaigrette, this salad turns into the perfect autumn dish. It would also be wonderful for Thanksgiving!

Now, a question for you. How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Leave me a comment letting me know!

Arugula-Quinoa Salad with Pomegranates & Roasted Squash

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 servings


  • 8 cups arugula
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 acorn squash, seeded and sliced into wedges
  • Seeds of 1 pomegranate
  • 1/4 cup olive oil + 1 tablspoon
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place acorn squash on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil, season with salt and pepper, and roast for 30 - 40 minutes. Flip squash halfway through to cook evenly.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together remaining 1/4 olive oil, vinegar and mustard. Add arugula, quinoa and pomegranate seeds to the bowl and toss to combine.
  3. Transfer salad to plates and top with sliced of acorn squash.

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  • Brandy Oswald

    Alyssa, this salad looks gorgeous! I am obsessed with all the colors.

    As for my Thanksgiving, I will be celebrating at my Mom’s house with my enormous family. However, this year will be different for me too. Since, I’m on the candida cleanse there will be the traditional dinner AND an entirely candida friendly dinner (a joint effort from myself and my angel of a Grandmother)! I will definitely miss my red wine, but there will be candida friendly pumpkin pie and bread pudding – so I will be JUST fine 😀

    Enjoy your holiday! Perhaps you could sneak in a little tupperware with some foods you know you’ll be able to eat just in case. I’m notorious for toting around extra food haha.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Sounds so fun Brandy! I’m glad you’re able to still have food that fits in your diet. That’s always the trickiest part of having food allergies (or being on a cleanse). Happy holidays! xo

  • Joshua Hampton

    I didn’t know you could eat the squash skins. Happy to learn something new today. As for my Thanksgiving, it’s going to be a quiet one with just my wife and kids, but I love it that way.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving to me! Sometimes having the whole family around (we’re 20+ people) can be a little overwhelming. It would be a nice change of pace to have it be just the four of us :) Enjoy and happy holidays to you and your family!