This Roasted Pumpkin Salad Is Your Healthy Autumn Lunch

In the weeks when fall starts scooting away from shorts weather and closer to puffy-jacket misery, the temptation is to basically curl up with a giant vat of the most fattening comfort foods possible and turn into a human hot toddy. But don't give up...

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Oct 25 2016, 2:00pm

It's easy to be healthy in spring or summer, when it's fun to be outside and fresh produce tastes the way MDMA feels and all you want to do is go on really long walks and everyone is wearing barely there shreds of clothing and everything looks like a Capri Sun commercial. But in the weeks when fall starts scooting away from shorts weather and closer to puffy-jacket misery, the temptation is to basically curl up with a giant vat of the most fattening comfort foods possible and turn into a human hot toddy.

Guys, don't give up yet. There is seasonally appropriate food that tastes good without making your waistline grow as rapidly as your Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms.

Take, for instance, this roasted pumpkin salad with turnip greens and a lemony, garlicky pepita dressing. These ingredients are in-season AF, and a generous shaving of salty Parmesan perfectly complements the sweetness of the pumpkin.

RECIPE: Roasted Pumpkin and Turnip Greens with Pepita Dressing

Have it for lunch today, or take it for a side dish for a holiday meal. Versatility, versatility, versatility.

After all, pumpkins aren't just for lattes and jack-o-lanterns. They taste pretty great, too.

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