Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Hands down my favorite thing about this time of year is throwing a big tray of vegetables into the oven and roasting them until they are caramelized and crazy flavorful. I like them a bit crispy, perfectly seasoned and then I use them on all sorts of things, like this Roasted Butternut Squash Salad!

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

This Roasted Butternut Squash Salad is a once a week kinda thing in our home. I make it on a weekly rotation and keep all the ingredients locked and loaded in the fridge so I can assemble it at a moments notice. And you can bet it’s going to make an appearance on the Thanksgiving menu this year.

There’s a quick video below if you want a visual play by play but bottom line – roast the heck out of your veggies, add them to a peppery arugula salad bed, top it was walnuts and goat cheese and then make one of my infamous homemade vinaigrettes and you’re done! And feel free to add to it! Roasted sweetpotatoes would be an excellent replacement to butternut squash if you prefer that! You could add a few leftover roasted Brussels Sprouts! Skies the limit. Any roasted vegetable would be a great addition or substitution!

PS – are you thinking of putting this on your Thanksgiving menu? Check out the full What’s Gaby Cooking menu here along with the master prep schedule to keep things organized and on track!

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Yield: Serves 6-8

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Ingredients

    For the Salad
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 4-5 small heirloom beets, halved
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup candied walnuts
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • For the Honey Balsamic Dressing
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place the cubed squash and beets on a large baking sheet, along with the wedged onion. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the oven and roast for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
  3. Remove and let cool slightly, carefully rub the skin off the beets. In a large salad bowl or serving platter, arrange the roasted squash, arugula, beets, walnuts, goat cheese.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the honey, balsamic and olive oil until mixed. Season with salt and pepper. Dress salad as needed and serve immediately.
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Photography by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Prop Styling Amy Paliwoda / Props by Casa de Perrin and The Surface Library / Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking

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25 Comments

  1. I agree. Just the best. Costco should begin to sell the cubed butternut squash. Off to meet your parents in Dallas today for our sojourn to Guatemala. Glad you’re enjoying Chile. We love South American countries more and more as we travel down there.

  2. I agree. Just the best. Costco should begin to sell the cubed butternut squash. Off to meet your parents in Dallas today for our sojourn to Guatemala. Glad you’re enjoying Chile. We love South American countries more and more as we travel down there.

  3. How funny, I’m reading this post as I’m roasting up butternut squash and garlic for some hummus. Roasted squash + goat cheese + prosciutto… you are speaking straight to my heart! Just stumbled upon your blog today, and I love it! Super cute 🙂 I’m just getting started in the blog world, and I am over at http://www.tastylittlecrouton.com if you have a second to stop by! Cheers!!

  4. Awesome salad! I’ve been wanting to make this since you posted it last week…finally had a chance today!
    So so good!!!

  5. This salad looks divine! I might substitute with some crispy bacon, but my husbando would totally be into the prosciutto. Either way, great salad!

  6. Yum!!! this reminds me of a salad that I make. I love the addition of dried cranberries. I will have to try this.

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