I know it’s the dead of summer and Butternut squash is a winter squash and cranberries come with an inherent holiday vibe. But that cannot stop this butternut squash salad from being any less delicious in the warm summer weather!
I have been a fan of butternut squash for years because of its nutrient density
I feel like the scientists who examined it to calculate it’s caloric and fat density must have made an error. How in the world can it be so creamy, so sweet, so satisfying and only have 82 calories per cup once baked and practically zero fat? And you know by it’s brilliant color that it’s a hotbed of dense nutrition including 450% of your vitamin A, 50% vitamin C and even key minerals like calcium and iron! I love it simply cubed and roasted as a side dish or tossed in the blender with some almond milk as a sumer satisfying Skinny Butternut Squash Soup.
But I also love this idea of using it as a salad topper for a very eye catching, taste pleasing, tummy satisfying and nutritious salad! Next time you’re looking for a crowd pleaser of a salad to bring along to a party or serve to your family — here you have a pretty yummy and simple option.
Butternut Squash Salad Recipe
- 1 bag Spinach
- 2 cups Easy Roasted Butternut Squash*
- 4 oz Goat Cheese
- 1/4 cup dried Cranberries
- 1/4 cup toasted Cashews
- 2 T Dijon Mustard
- 2 T Olive Oil
- 2 T Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 T Honey
- Garlic Salt and Black Pepper to taste
Nutrition: this recipe will make 4 servings for about 265 calories, 8g protein and 2g of fiber.
*Easy Roasted Butternut Squash
After so many stressful days of nearly lost fingers and sweaty battles peeling, chopping and seeding a raw butternut squash, it occurred to me, there must be an easier way! So I did what any smart, savvy food blogger (who wants to keep her fingers and finger nails intact) would do and I googled “easiest way to roasted butternut squash” and as it turns out, there is a MUCH easier way. Pfew! Thank you A Veggie Venture for your clever, entertaining and oh-so useful post! Shame on me for forgetting to put that darn squash on a pan. The only thing I have left to do is scrape all the gooey burnt squash sugar off the base of my oven. But all fingers, stress and unnecessary sweat were spared in the roasting of this butternut squash!
Do you have a favorite way to use butternut squash? I’d love to hear about it!
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