I really, really love fall. I love sunny, crisp fall days, but I also adore rainy ones. Anyone else? I love a cozy meal while it’s raining outside. Something charming about it to me. This fall harvest salad with roasted butternut squash is so perfect for a day like today, where it’s raining and a little gloomy outside. Crunchy, a little sweet, *almost* healthy – I’ve got this one on repeat lately!
It’s such an easy recipe once you’ve roasted up your butternut squash. It’s also one of those non-recipe-recipes that I am so fond of, that is completely customizeable to your tastes! I love the squash with the gorgonzola and pecans, and the cranberries add a little sweetness, and the onions add a little bite. Yes, please!
Let me know how you make your own version of this salad!
Fall Harvest Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash
Yields: 4-6 servings, depending on serving size | Time: 35 minutes
1 small butternut squash, cubed
1.5 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon each: salt, pepper, allspice (optional)
1/4 cup pecans
1/8 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup gorgonzola (obsessed with the one I found at Trader Joe’s – it’s beautiful and very tasty!)
1/2 small red onion, sliced thinly
1 pound, mixed greens
1 tbsp each: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard
salt, pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400°. Prepare a pan with foil & cooking spray or a silpat (my preference). Peel and cube your butternut squash and place in a bowl. Drizzle olive oil over squash and sprinkle spices. Toss gently to evenly coat the cubed squash. Place on the baking sheet.
Once your oven is preheated, place the sheet in the oven and roast the butternut squash for 20-30 minutes. Shake the pan at 10 minutes and at 20 minutes, check for doneness.
While your squash is roasting, combine pecans, cranberries, gorgonzola, red onion and mixed greens in a salad bowl.
Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk; alternatively, combine dressing ingredients in a small jar, close with a lid and shake until well combined.
Remove squash from the oven and let cool about 5 minutes. Dress your salad with the dressing and gently combine; add the squash gently.