Fall Breakfast Salad

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A festive fall breakfast salad with cinnamon roasted butternut squash, apple slices, avocado, red onion, walnuts, hemp seeds and an egg!

Leafy green vegetables are some of the healthiest foods on Earth and getting a large dose at breakfast is an awesome way to start the day. I know some folks are going to think having a salad for breakfast is a weird concept but it’s really not — especially if you’re on a mission to eat more whole foods and/or fewer grains at breakfast.

I make egg scrambles with sautéed leafy greens like spinach, swiss chard and kale all the time, but it wasn’t until recently I started experimenting with eating a large bowl of raw greens with toppings (you know, a salad) for breakfast.

Fall Harvest Breakfast Salad with cinnamon roasted butternut squash and red onion, freshly diced apples, avocado slices, toasted walnuts and hemp seeds.

Here’s What You Need

  • butternut squash – chopped into chunks and roasted, it’s delicous, mildly sweet and nutrient-packed.
  • coconut oil – you’ll use coconut oil to coat the butternut squash before roasting.
  • cinnamon – the ulimate Fall spice, you’ll toss the butternut squash in this before roasting.
  • sea salt – just a pinch, to bring out the flavors!
  • spring mix or baby spinach – your salad base.
  • apple – I used a granny smith apple but any crisp apple will work. Honeycrisp and Pink Lady are also great options!
  • avocado – a dose of healthy fats and creaminess!
  • red onion – for a tangy crunch.
  • toasted walnuts – adds additional healthy fats as well as some texture variation with a crunch.
  • hemp seeds – these little seeds are insanly nutrious with a mild nutty flavor. I love adding them to salads to boost plant-based protein and omega fatty acids.
  • eggs – cooked any way you like (fried, poached or hard boiled is my preference)
  • avocado balsamic dressing – make this amazing avocado balsamic dressing to drizzle on the salad or use your favorite store-brand dressing!

How to Make This Delicious Fall Breakfast Salad

Combine – combine butternut squash, oil, cinnamon and sea salt together on a baking sheet and roast in a 450°F oven for about 30 minutes or until squash is cooked through. Remove from heat and let cool.

Assemble – Fill a salad bowl with spring mix and add your toppings: roasted squash, apple slices, avocado, red onion, walnuts and hemp seeds.

Serve – Portion salad into two bowls and place cooked egg on top of each salad – I like to make my eggs sunny side up. Drizzle dressing over the salad and enjoy!

Fall Harvest Breakfast Salad with cinnamon roasted butternut squash and red onion, freshly diced apples, avocado slices, toasted walnuts, hemp seeds and an over easy egg.

You can mark this delicious fall salad down as the first EBF breakfast salad, but if y’all like the idea I will certainly post more. And you can bet your bottom dollar that if I ever open my dream salad shop there will be at least one breakfast salad on the menu.

Of course, this salad isn’t strictly for breakfast. Feel free to serve it for lunch or dinner (or any time you please).

Looking for More Fall-Inspired Salads?

I’ve put together a list of 18 Delicious Fall Salads that are sure to fill you up and remind you of fall!

Fall Harvest Breakfast Salad

5 from 3 votes
A festive fall breakfast salad with cinnamon roasted butternut squash, apple slices, avocado, red onion, walnuts, hemp seeds and an egg!
Fall breakfast salad in a bowl with apples, avocado, squash, onion, and walnuts on greens.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped butternut squash chunks
  • ½ Tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  • spring mix or baby spinach
  • ½ Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • ½ avocado, chopped or sliced
  • ¼ cup red onion, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons toasted walnuts
  • ½ Tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 2 eggs, cooked any way you like (fried, poached or hard boiled is my preference)
  • avocado balsamic dressing

Instructions
 

  • Combine butternut squash, oil, cinnamon and sea salt together on a baking sheet and roast in a 450° oven for about 30 minutes or until squash is cooked through. Remove and let cool.
  • Fill a salad bowl with spring mix and add toppings: roasted squash, apple slices, avocado, red onion, walnuts and hemp seeds.
  • Portion salad into two bowls and place cooked egg on top of each salad. Drizzle dressing over the salad and enjoy!

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Notes

  • You’ll likely have leftover salad toppings (roasted butternut squash, apple slices, avocado, etc.). Simply save them to make another salad or use in another application.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 salad without dressing Calories: 419kcal Carbohydrates: 49g Protein: 18g Fat: 23g Fiber: 14g Sugar: 13g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall breakfast salad

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    17 comments
    1. Jason Wood
      September 22, 2020 AT 3:22 pm

      5 stars
      Wonderful recipe! I made my base with quinoa and greens to add some more protein and loooooved it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 23, 2020 AT 1:43 am

        Yay!! I’m so glad this salad was a hit. Thanks for making it + for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, Jason. I so appreciate it.

    2. CounselorChick
      September 5, 2020 AT 6:27 pm

      5 stars
      This is just delicious. I subbed pear for apple since that’s what I had. Used your creamy nutritional yeast dressing. My hubby loves this & we have leftovers for another round tomorrow. 😁

      I see you’ve renamed this the Comforting Breakfast Salad in your Salad ebook. I do wish you’d write a complete cookbook!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 5:49 pm

        Working on it!! 🙂 So glad this salad was a hit. As always, thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me.

    3. Kathy
      October 25, 2015 AT 9:06 pm

      Amazing idea!! As one who is trying to get more greens in, this is outstanding! Definitely going to give it a try!!

    4. emily
      October 20, 2015 AT 7:26 pm

      Oh my gosh I can’t wait to try this!!

    5. Kristi Rimkus
      October 19, 2015 AT 10:11 pm

      I love this idea as eggs are on my can’t eat list and I’m always looking for something new to eat for breakfast besides oatmeal, smoothies and yogurt!

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