Seasonal salads are one of the things I look forward to every fall and winter. Gimme all the salads with candied walnuts, sweet potatoes, apples and dried cranberries, please!
My 5-ingredient spiced maple pumpkin vinaigrette is a fun way to jazz up seasonal salads. It should only take you about 5 minutes since all you need to do is whisk some ingredients together.
The holy trinity of canned pumpkin puree, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice serves cozy, sweater weather vibes. Zesty, fresh-squeezed lemon juice adds a bright acidity that keeps things fresh.
Drizzle in a little bit of olive oil and season with salt to taste, if desired, and you’re done! It’s simple, easy goodness.
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The hardest thing you’ll have to do is dig your can opener out of the overstuffed kitchen equipment junk drawer that barely closes. Don’t act like you don’t have one of these too.
I would consider this pumpkin salad dressing to be in the vinaigrette family because it has a bright acidity thanks to zesty, fresh-squeezed lemon juice. I add lemon juice to pretty much all of my salad dressings. There’s just nothing quite like it!
So no, this pumpkin salad dressing is technically not a vinaigrette because it does not have vinegar. I have tried a tasty variation of this recipe in which I add a dash of balsamic vinegar and a little less lemon, so that’s an option too.