Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Goat Cheese is a simply delicious fall salad covered in warm flavors and topped with homemade honey apple cider salad dressing.
I recently realized I have been sharing a lot of sweet fall recipes.
Somehow 4 of the last 15 recipes I have created have all been sweet. I’d wonder at how that is possible, but I have a pretty big sweet tooth.
Luckily my mother instilled good hygiene in me or else my husband/dentist would probably get on to me, it also helps that he eats the sweets with me. Although I should admit, I eat more than my share!
So I set out to make a delicious new fall salad recipe. And while there are some sweet elements, like the honey apple cider dressing, I made sure there are lots of savory & salty flavors too!
And even though this is a healthier recipe (I mean it has to be healthy, it’s a salad, right?), the butternut squash is roasted with a bit of brown sugar, so you also get a little bit of sweetness coming through there too.
Even still, this is totally a savory recipe! Right?
Oh & that goat cheese! YUM!
Pretty much any recipe with goat cheese in it is going to be a winner in my book!
When Roger came home from work I was just finishing up photographing this beautiful fall salad with roasted butternut squash. It is so big we were able to make it into a meal for us, with leftovers.
So although we ate this goat cheese butternut squash salad as our meal it could easily be a side dish or appetizer for 4-5 people.
And let me tell you, the salad dressing is light & pairs perfectly with the flavors of this salad. Even my picky husband loved it!
I’m thinking I might make this again for our Friendsgiving lunch or maybe even one of our two Thanksgiving dinners so that even more people can enjoy it with us!
- Roasted Butternut Squash & Walnuts Ingredients
- 2 Cups Butternut Squash
- 3/4 Cup Walnuts (or Pecans)
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- Honey Apple Cider Dressing Ingredients
- 4 Tablespoons Apple Cider
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- 1 Pinch Salt
- 1 Pinch Pepper
- Salad Ingredients
- 5 Ounces Spinach & Arugula Mix
- 1/4-1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 2 Ounces Goat Cheese
- 1/4 Cup Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- In a medium bowl mix 2 cups butternut squash, 3/4 cup walnuts, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
- On a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil & sprayed with oil spread out the butternut squash & nuts & bake for 20-25 minutes until the butternut squash is tender.
- While the butternut squash & walnuts are roasting add 4 tablespoons apple cider, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 pinch salt, & 1 pinch pepper in a small jar. Shake well before serving.
- Remove from oven & let cool.
- In a large bowl add the spinach arugula mix, top with the roasted butternut squash, cranberries, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, & dressing.
- Serve immediately & enjoy!
What is your favorite fall salad?
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With love, Giustina
“The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent.”
John 6:29 NIV