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Spinach Pumpkin Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Ingredients

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For the salad

  • 56 cup cubed pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/2 pound peeled and deveined uncooked shrimp
  • pinch of salt
  • 56 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • optional – feta cheese or dairy-free soft cheese alternative

For the dressing

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place cubed pumpkin in a bowl and toss with avocado oil, maple syrup, salt and garlic powder. Add evenly throughout the baking sheet and place in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes, until soft and tender.*
  2. While the pumpkin cooks, place pomegranate juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring pomegranate juice to a low boil for 10 minutes or so, until the liquid has reduced by over half and is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (similar to maple syrup). Once reduced, cool slightly then add all ingredients for the pomegranate dressing to a resealable jar. Close jar and shake to combined. Once combined, place in the fridge until salad is ready for dressing.
  3. Place a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of avocado oil. Pat the shrimp dry and sprinkle with salt on top. Once pan is hot, place shrimp in pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until completely pink and tails have curled in.
  4. Place pine nuts in a small nonstick pan over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes, until toasted and fragrant.
  5. Once the pumpkin is done cooking, use a knife to remove the skin. Add spinach, pine nuts, hemp hearts, pumpkin and shrimp to a large bowl. Pour on dressing to desired amount then toss to coat. Serve immediately and enjoy fully

Notes

*Time will range depending on the cube size of the pumpkin

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