Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Fall Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette #Choctoberfest

This salad is chock full of all the flavors of Fall and then dressed with a wonderful chocolate vinaigrette.

Fall Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette

Welcome to Day 3 of Choctoberfest......

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I'm so excited to be back again today with another savory chocolate recipe.  Chocktoberfest is an annual event led by the ladies of Triple Chocolate Kitchen and I am happy to join in the fun again this year.

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I made this salad as a first course to a Chocolate inspired dinner that included a Fish Stew I will be sharing with you on Friday and Bread that I shared with you already this week.  

Fall Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette

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Salads, Chocolate, Vegetable Sides, Fall Flavors, Seasonal
Salads, Side Dishes
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Fall Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette

Fall Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette

This salad is chock full of all the flavors of Fall and then dressed with a wonderful chocolate vinaigrette.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 45 Mininactive time: 45 MinTotal time: 1 H & 40 M


  • 6 c. mixed greens, I used baby spinach, baby romaine and arugula
  • 2 c. cubed butternut squash
  • 2 t. olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c. candied walnuts
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1 t. cocoa powder
  • 1t. dijon mustard


  1. Toss the squash with the olive oil, season with salt and pepper, roast in a 375* oven for 30-45 minutes, until caramelized and tender.  Set aside to cool.
  2. Place the mixed greens into a large bowl along with the cooled squash, cranberries and walnuts.
  3. Whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, cocoa, and mustard.  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add about 1/4 of the dressing to the vegetable in the bowl and toss to coat.  Serve with additional dressing on the side for those who want it.
  5. Leftover dressing keeps well in the refrigerator for up to a month.


Vinaigrette recipe found at recipezazz



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  1. You are so creative with all of the savory chocolate recipes! The salad is gorgeous!

  2. I absolutely love that you made a savory dish with chocolate! And this salad is gorgeous and sounds right up my alley!

  3. What a beautiful Fall salad, and you went and added chocolate to it to make it even better! Very unique and tasty looking.

    1. It was surprisingly good April. I will be making that vinaigrette again and again.


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