Mexican Harvest Salad

Queso fresco is a soft, mild cheese that you’ll find in Mexican or Latin American markets. Alternatively, use a mild feta — it’s brinier and a bit more assertive but just as delicious.

A Dressing That Does It All

Salads are a cornerstone of a healthy diet, and the dressing alone in this dish packs a nutritious punch: It’s made with extra-virgin olive oil, which contains compounds like oleocanthal and oleuropein that possess anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s sweetened with honey, rich in cardioprotective flavonoids and phenolic compounds linked to reduced risk of heart disease.

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Prep Time
35 min
65 min




  • 1 1-lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 8 oz organic tempeh, cubed
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 6 cups mixed baby lettuces
  • 1 14-oz BPA-free can black beans, drained and rinsed (TRY: Eden Organic Black Beans No Salt Added)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/3 cup crumbled queso fresco or mild feta cheese


1. Make dressing: In a blender, purée all dressing ingredients. Set aside.

2. Make salad: Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, toss together squash, tempeh and oil. Spread on sheet. Roast until squash is tender, about 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring vinegar and honey to a simmer on medium-high. Add onion and remove from heat. Let stand about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

4. Place lettuces on a platter or in a large bowl. Top with squash mixture, beans, avocado and pickled onion. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with cheese; toss just before serving.

Make Ahead: Make dressing and pickled onions up to 3 days ahead; store in separate airtight containers in the fridge. The squash and tempeh can be roasted up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container. Assemble before serving.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories 473
  • Carbohydrate Content 31 g
  • Cholesterol Content 5 mg
  • Fat Content 34 g
  • Fiber Content 10 g
  • Protein Content 15 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 6 g
  • Sodium Content 192 mg
  • Sugar Content 6.5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 23 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 5 g