Roasted Butternut Squash Salad is a delightful autumnal dish that combines the sweetness of roasted squash with the crispness of fresh greens and the richness of nuts and cheese. It’s a beautiful, nutritious, and satisfying salad, perfect for a hearty lunch or as a dinner side.


  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens (such as arugula, spinach, or baby kale)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Optional: pumpkin seeds for garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Toss the butternut squash cubes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread them on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Roast the squash for 25-30 minutes, or until tender and slightly caramelized, stirring halfway through.
  4. In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed salad greens, dried cranberries, toasted nuts, and crumbled cheese.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, maple syrup (or honey), Dijon mustard, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to make the dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add the roasted butternut squash to the salad bowl.
  7. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently toss to combine everything.
  8. Serve the salad immediately, optionally garnished with pumpkin seeds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 250
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Protein: 6g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • Serves: 4-6 people

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad is a colorful and delicious way to enjoy the flavors of fall. Its combination of sweet squash, tart cranberries, crunchy nuts, and creamy cheese makes for a delightful variety of textures and tastes. This salad is sure to be a hit whether served at a casual lunch or as an elegant side dish at a dinner party.

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