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Autumn Glow Salad With Lemon Dressing Recipe

Autumn Glow Salad With Lemon Dressing

This Autumn Glow Salad with Lemon Dressing is a colorful, healthy, and delicious salad perfect for autumn! It’s made with roasted cauliflower, sweet potatoes, apples, and a zesty lemon dressing.

Hey my people! 👋 This Autumn Glow Salad isn’t your everyday salad. It’s packed with warm, roasted flavors that will make you feel all cozy inside.

It’s the perfect dish for when the weather starts to cool down and you’re craving something hearty and satisfying.

Trust me, this salad is so good, you won’t even miss the lettuce!

Utensils You Need

These are the tools of the trade you’ll need to whip up this delicious salad:

  1. Baking sheet
  2. Large bowl
  3. Small bowl
  4. Whisk
Autumn Glow Salad With Lemon Dressing

Autumn Glow Salad with Lemon Dressing

This hearty salad is packed with the warm flavors of roasted cauliflower and sweet potatoes, complemented by the sweetness of apples and the bright tang of a lemon dressing.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 250 kcal


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large apple, diced
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • For the Lemon Dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes and cauliflower with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread them out on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Roast the vegetables for 25 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned, stirring halfway through.
  • While the vegetables are roasting, make the lemon dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients until well combined.
  • In a large bowl, combine the roasted vegetables, diced apple, and pecans (if using). Pour the lemon dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
  • Serve the salad warm or at room temperature.


For extra flavor, try adding a pinch of your favorite spices to the vegetables before roasting, such as cumin, paprika, or chili powder.
If you don’t have pecans, you can substitute them with another type of nut, such as walnuts or almonds.
To make this salad ahead of time, roast the vegetables and prepare the dressing separately. Combine them just before serving.
Keyword autumn, healthy, lemon dressing, roasted vegetables, salad

Alternative Ingredients

If you do not have the Ingredients I listed above, do not worry. You can swap them out for the alternatives below.

Sweet potatoesButternut squash
PecansWalnuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds
HoneyMaple syrup or agave nectar
Dijon mustardStone ground mustard

What to Serve with Autumn Glow Salad

This salad is a meal on its own, but you can also serve it alongside grilled chicken or fish for a more substantial dinner. It also pairs well with a warm bowl of soup, like butternut squash or lentil.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can roast the vegetables and prepare the dressing ahead of time. Store them separately in the refrigerator and combine them just before serving.

Can I use a different type of dressing?

Absolutely! While the lemon dressing complements the flavors of the salad perfectly, you can use any dressing you like. A balsamic vinaigrette or a creamy tahini dressing would also be delicious.

Can I add other vegetables to this salad?

Feel free to get creative and add other vegetables that you enjoy. Roasted Brussels sprouts, carrots, or parsnips would all be great additions.

Is this salad gluten-free?

Yes, this salad is naturally gluten-free, as long as you use gluten-free ingredients for the dressing.

Can I make this salad vegan?

Yes, simply substitute the honey in the dressing with maple syrup or agave nectar to make it vegan-friendly.

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