Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Maple Orange Dressing

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This roasted butternut squash salad with maple orange dressing is my go to fall salad recipe. It’s delicious as a main dish or you can serve it as a side.

butternut squash salad
As the weather cools and the leaves change, my chef mind turns to thinking of new recipe ideas for the season. Fall calls for a roasted butternut squash recipe with a twist. This flavorful and filling roasted butternut squash salad is one of my favorites!
 
I love butternut squash! Roasting it is such an amazing way to prepare it as it caramelizes the flavors and deepens the flavors.
 
My favorite tip is buying the huge bag from Costco and cooking it up to use for multiple meals (this is what I call a morphing meal).
 
You can make one meal and then morph it into something else for another meal during the week. What can be better? You are saving time and money! I make this roasted butternut squash salad, cook double the squash and then make butternut squash soup or butternut squash ravioli.
 
roasted butternut squash
 
This fall salad recipe is quick, easy, hearty enough for a meal and good enough for company. When I cater, especially in the fall or winter months, this fall recipe is a go-to!
 
Try this one out for sure! Keep in mind that butternut squash is available in most fall and winter months.

Benefits of butternut squash:

Besides the fact that butternut squash is extremely tasty, it comes with a host of benefits. For example, it’s full of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, and it’s low in calories!

Butternut Squash Salad

How do you roast something?

You’ll find instructions specific to this fall meal in the directions below. However, if you’re curious about how it works, roasting is simply a matter of cooking something in the oven at a high temperature.

You’ll often toss the roasted item of choice with oil, salt and pepper and cook it at a temperature between 400 and 450 degrees F. For roasted butternut squash, you just cut up the butternut squash (or buy a package of pre-cut squash) and toss it like we explain below!

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Maple Orange Dressing:

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butternut squash salad

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Maple Orange Dressing

Yield: 4

The perfect Fall salad!

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Butternut Squash, Diced Small
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 4 Slices Bacon, Cooked and Roughly Chopped
  • 1 (7 Ounce) Bag Arugula
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup Candied Pecans (I like the ones from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese (or a good Tuscan cheese; I like the rosemary coated one from Trader Joe’s)

Dressing:

  • 2 Teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper Pepper
  • Juice and Zest of 1 Orange

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the butternut squash on a cookie sheet and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until squash is soft and cooked through.
    2. Cook the bacon in the same oven until crispy about 15 minutes and chop roughly.
    3. Place the lettuce on your serving platter and top with bacon, cranberries, pecans and cheese.
    4. Remove squash from the oven and let cool while you make the dressing.
    5. To make the dressing, combine the dressing ingredients and whisk to combine completely.
    6. Place the butternut squash on top of the salad and toss with desired amount of dressing.

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