Who says fall is just for soups? Today’s Pumpkin Salad Dressing is the perfect way to transition all of your favorite summer salads into autumn, with a luscious, creamy texture and a perfect balance of flavors. This Pumpkin Dressing is the perfect addition to all of your favorite fall salads.
Pumpkin Salad Dressing Recipe
Longtime readers of Sugar, Spice and Glitter may remember that my daughter has a serious obsession with all things pumpkin and pumpkin spice.
She’s just made yet another competitive sports team (pray for my bank account, y’all) and with it has come a new interest in making healthy eating choices to support her athletic performance.
I couldn’t be happier with this new commitment to healthy lunch and snack choices – but from personal experience I know that boring, healthy food can sabotage even the best healthy eating intentions. Making healthy food that tastes indulgent and delicious allows you to stick to those healthy eating goals, rather than getting bored or giving into cravings for all of the tasty foods you’re missing.
One of the best ways that I’ve found to easily support her goals is to whip up a couple homemade salad dressings each week and have them available to her in the fridge for when she goes to make her lunches, and this fresh pumpkin salad dressing received some rave reviews from my mini culinary critic.
This creamy pumpkin salad dressing has the perfect balance of sweetness, tang and acidic bite, with a well-rounded flavor profile that brings warmth and depth of flavor to any salad it’s added to – whether you’re going for a traditional leafy green salad or going with a grains-based salad (like rice or quiona).
Ella just throws together whatever salad ingredients look good and then tops it with a couple tablespoons of this dressing. If you have a favorite salad, you can just swap in this dressing for the dressing that you’d normally use – I personally think it tastes great on coleslaw or as a replacement for Caesar dressing.
This pumpkin salad dressing recipes makes just under 2 cups of salad dressing (let’s call it 1 3/4 cups) and it lasts in the fridge for at least two weeks, so for the few minutes it takes to measure out the ingredients and either whisk together (or whip up in a blender) you will get plenty of delicious salads out of it.
Salad Toppings to Pair with Pumpkin Salad Dressing
- Leafy greens like spinach, chopped kale, or romaine lettuce
- Cold wild rice
- Pomegranates, blueberries, raspberries
- Roasted veggies (peppers, onions, squash)
- Nuts (walnuts or pecans)
You could even add some meat-based proteins to your salad, like sliced chicken or steak. Experiment and let us know what you end up loving with this easy pumpkin salad dressing!
Pumpkin Dressing Ingredients
- Pumpkin Puree
- Greek Yogurt
- Sour Cream
- Maple Syrup
- Olive oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Garlic Powder
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: feel free to swap out the sour cream for more greek yogurt or mayonnaise. A dash of mustard powder or dijon mustard would also add a kick to this salad dressing, as would crushed red chile peppers.
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How to Make Pumpkin Dressing
Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until completely combined. (You can alternatively place all ingredients in a smoothie-style blender and puree.)
Store in a glass container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Grab your free printable for our pumpkin dressing recipe:
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until completely combined. (You can alternatively place all ingredients in a smoothie-style blender and puree.)
- Store in a glass container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 21Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope you love this creamy and delicious pumpkin salad dressing recipe as much as Ella did! Be sure to let us know what you end up pairing it with!
For more delicious fall salad ideas, check out our Brussel Sprout Salad recipe or our Fresh Fall Quinoa Salad with Maple Walnut Dressing recipe.