Roasted Butternut Squash Salad is a salad recipe that includes some of the best fall/winter flavors such as apple, cranberries, and crumbled blue cheese.
The sweet, roasted butternut squash is the star of the show, but you can also substitute honey roasted sweet potatoes.
I've always associated roasted butternut squash with Thanksgiving.
But a few years ago, I began to 'discover' squashes and root vegetables. In the process, I experimented with roasting and the many fabulous tastes and textures I could achieve.
Roasted butternut squash is super sweet, so it goes really well with savory and slightly tangy ingredients like crumbled blue cheese and apple. Honeycrisp apples are great for this.
- Red Onion
- Butternut Squash. Trader Joe's sells a 32 oz precut container.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Apple - Honeycrisp or Granny Smith works great.
- Crumbled Blue Cheese
- cloves Fresh Garlic
- Vermont Maple Syrup
- Dried Cranberries
Butternut Squash Salad Leftovers Tips
These days I mostly cook for my husband and myself, and we tend to have leftovers (no leftovers when my stepson is over for dinner, and this salad is a favorite).
- Because the Butternut Squash Salad is a leafy salad, it doesn't keep well overnight. Thankfully, you can easily fix that!
- Keep the roasted butternut squash and onions in a separate container. That makes reheating very easy when you'll want to serve leftovers the following day.
- Store the apple, cranberries, and crumbled blue cheese mixture in a separate container.
- When you are ready to serve the leftovers, take the container with the apple/cranberry mixture and let it rise to room temperature.
- In the meantime, reheat the roasted butternut squash in a sauté pan for about 5 minutes over medium-low heat. Finally, assemble and serve.
- Take a handful (or two) of fresh arugula and combine it with the apple-cheese mixture and roasted squash. Voila, you've just served the delicious Butternut Squash Salad again.
Additional tips to make the Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
I use both raw and roasted onion in this dish. If you don't like raw onion, skip it, the dish will still be delicious.
Likewise, using raw garlic isn't necessary if you don't enjoy garlic. However, you might want to give it a try because garlic has got tons of health benefits.
I've served this salad as the main course both for dinner and lunch.
More often than not, I will quickly make a bit of roasted salmon and serve it over the salad.
4 things to know about Butternut Squash
- Roasting the butternut squash helps naturally occurring enzymes convert from starch to sugar. In other words, roasting makes the squash taste sweeter!
- Likewise, butternut squash is full of good-for-you vitamins like
- Vitamin A - promotes good vision and immune system maintenance
- Vitamin C - helps our bodies to heal and absorb other nutrients
- and finally, Vitamin E - is great for a healthy skin
- Technically, because it has seeds, butternut squash counts as a fruit.
- Finally, butternut squash is loaded with potassium (which keeps your blood pressure in check). In fact, butternut squash has more potassium than an equal amount of bananas.
More Simple Recipes
HONEY ROASTED SWEET POTATOES - You can swap these for the roasted butternut squash in this salad.
CHICKEN PARMESAN - Wholesome recipe for a simple family dinner.
GREEK SALAD - One of my all-time favorite salads. Chopped, Creamy, refreshing, and delicious.
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
Roasting the Squash
- Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Chop the butternut squash and red onion into bite-sized pieces.
- Reserve ¼ of the red onion aside for later. In a large bowl combine olive oil, salt, and pepper with the butternut squash and onion.
- Roast the butternut squash and onions in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until soft.
Prepping the Cranberries (optional)
- This is optional, but I've come to enjoy the resulting taste and texture and often do this when my cranberries have become a bit hard. In a small sauté pan bring a couple of tablespoons of water to a boil, dial the heat back to medium-low and let the cranberries simmer for a few minutes.
Preparing the Salad toppings
- Take the ¼ reserved red onion and chop it into smaller pieces. Peel and mince the garlic. Core and dice the apple.
- Take a medium bowl and combine the diced apple, cranberries, crumbled blue cheese, garlic, and onion. Add the juice of one lemon and 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Combine and lightly season with salt and pepper.
Putting it all together
- Take the arugula, add the apple cheese mixture, cranberries and the roasted butternut squash. Combine and serve immediately. Enjoy