Butternut Squash Fall Salad

This super easy Butternut Squash Fall Salad is filled with pomegranate, feta cheese, purple onion and roasted butternut squash! It's such a great salad recipe to have on hand!

This Butternut Squash Fall Salad is filled to the brim with bold flavors and is the perfect way to keep a healthy edge during the holiday season!

This super easy Butternut Squash Fall Salad is filled with pomegranate, feta cheese, purple onion and roasted butternut squash! It's such a great salad recipe to have on hand!

So the other day I was talking with my girlfriend about possible side dishes to make for Thanksgiving.

She said her favorite thing to fill up her plate with is a nice green salad. All the other carb-filled dishes are great, but she really felt like getting that section of her plate filled with a healthy salad made her feel less guilty about indulging in the other sides.

I thought back to all my previous Thanksgiving meals and remembered always going to that gorgeous salad on the table too.

I love this recipe on how to roast butternut squash cubes! So great for adding to salads!

After that conversation I knew it was time to create a new favorite Fall Salad to bring to Thanksgiving this year.

And I’ll be honest with you… I’ve been eating this salad every day for lunch for the past week. It’s amazing!

I love this recipe on how to roast butternut squash cubes! So great for adding to salads!

The inspiration for this recipe actually came from my own cookbook.

I created a trio of recipes in my book that are centered around butternut squash. One of the recipes is a roasted butternut squash salad with a quinoa and white bean fritter and a sun dried tomato vinaigrette. Basically it’s amazing and this Butternut Squash Fall Salad is it’s gorgeous cousin.

I love this recipe on how to roast butternut squash cubes! So great for adding to salads!

The method I used for roasting this butternut squash is super simple.

I use a vegetable peeler to remove the peel and then I cut the squash in have and remove all the seeds with a spoon.

I love this recipe on how to roast butternut squash cubes! So great for adding to salads!

I coarsely chop the squash, trying to make each piece as close to the same size as possible, that way they roast evenly.

I love this recipe on how to roast butternut squash cubes! So great for adding to salads!

Then I just add in a couple tablespoons of olive oil and a hefty dash of Italian seasoning, along with a little salt and pepper.

Give it a good stir and then lay it out on a baking sheet to get roasted.

I love this recipe on how to roast butternut squash cubes! So great for adding to salads!

I just love this method because I can use the butternut squash in so many ways!

Soup, quiche, stuffing, by itself, and of course… in a salad!

This super easy Butternut Squash Fall Salad is filled with pomegranate, feta cheese, purple onion and roasted butternut squash! It's such a great salad recipe to have on hand!

I tossed the butternut squash on top of a big bowl of leafy greens, then added some sliced red onion, tangy feta cheese crumbles and tart pomegranate arils.

Like I said, I have been eating this all week, and I’ve even added roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) to this salad and it’s just amazing!

This super easy Butternut Squash Fall Salad is filled with pomegranate, feta cheese, purple onion and roasted butternut squash! It's such a great salad recipe to have on hand!

So what dressing should you choose to go with this?

Pretty much anything will go, but my #1 recommendation is this Pear Gorgonzola dressing by LiteHouse. It’s found in the refrigerated section near the produce. OMG, I am in love with this dressing (this is not a sponsored post, btw).

This super easy Butternut Squash Fall Salad is filled with pomegranate, feta cheese, purple onion and roasted butternut squash! It's such a great salad recipe to have on hand!

If you can’t find that, go with a balsamic vinaigrette, a creamy Italian or even a ranch dressing.

Cause ranch just goes with everything. Am I right?!

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Butternut Squash Fall Salad

This super easy Butternut Squash Fall Salad is filled with pomegranate, feta cheese, purple onion and roasted butternut squash.

  • Author: Shawn
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 medium size butternut squash
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 6 to 8 cups Leafy Green Salad Blend
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 purple onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted pepitas (pumpkin seed kernels)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the skin off of the butternut squash.
  2. Chop off the top stem and bottom stump of the squash and discard. Cut the squash in half and use a spoon to remove the seeds inside, discard the seeds. Cube the butternut squash into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl.
  3. Drizzle in the olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper. Toss to coat and then spread in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Roast in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring halfway, until the squash is lightly browned and tender. Let cool.

To make the salad:

  1. Place the leafy green salad blend in a large bowl. Top with the cooled butternut squash, feta cheese, pomegranate, purple onion slices and dry roasted pepitas. Enjoy!

Notes

Serve with either a Pear Gorgonzola dressing, balsamic vinaigrette, creamy Italian or ranch dressing!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
9 Responses
  1. Kathy

    Don’t know if hubby will try this, but I must. I’ve had a butternut squash laying around and had no idea what to really do with it, other than just roast it. This looks really good, Shawn

  2. I promise to make it the way the recipe calls but I can’t speak for my hubby. I can already see him switching the feta out for Gorgonzola cheese. I personal can’t stand the stuff and will stick to the fete. And oh the pomegranate is so me I love them and the fact that they are loaded with antioxidants is just bonus. I can also see him adding more fruit and maybe some nuts but I like to try the recipe as it is first then tweak to my personal taste I figure knowing what goes into creating new recipes it is only fair to try it the way the creator intended.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Christine

  3. This looks absolutely gorgeous, thanks for sharing! I was actually looking for fresh ideas for what to make with butternut squash and a salad never crossed my mind – what a great idea to serve this seasonal veggie!

  4. I am always conflicted about Thanksgiving salad. I am a GIANT salad lover, but I am always about maximizing every square millimeter on my plate on Thanksgiving. Salad seems to take up so much plate real estate. In this case I would be totally okay with many millimeters (or inches for that matter) to be taken up by salad. It looks too good!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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