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Grilled Acorn Squash over a bed of arugula.

Grilled Acorn Squash

Grilled Acorn Squash Salad is the perfect side dish or hearty main dish for your fall entertaining or family dinners. Grilling acorn squash is super easy, and adds incredible flavor to this easy salad!
Course Entree, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Grilled Acorn Squash Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 153kcal
Cost $10.00


  • 1 Acorn squash
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • maple syrup, for drizzling

For the Salad

  • 3 cups arugula, rinsed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled
  • Optional: drizzle of aged balsamic, seeds, or toasted nuts

For the Salad Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 twist freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • Prepare grill for direct/indirect or two-zone cooking using lump charcoal. If using a gas grill, preheat grill for medium heat.
  • Slice acorn squash in half, lengthwise, and remove any stem. Using a spoon scoop out seeds and extra flesh. Cut into wedges, lengthwise, along the lower ridges.
  • Brush wedges with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place on direct heat for 3 minute per side, to get grill marks, then move to indirect for another 8-10 minutes or until fork tender. Apply a small drizzle (or brush on) maple syrup to the squash as you move to indirect and again when you remove the squash wedges from the grill.

Salad Dressing

  • In a small bowl combine orange juice, Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper and whisk. While whisking add olive oil and incorporate.
  • Pour dressing over the arugula in a large bowl and toss together.

Preparing Salad

  • On a large plate add dressed arugula. On top add acorn squash. Sprinkle dried cranberries, and goat cheese crumbles and serve. Optional drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar and seeds.


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 478mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 563IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg