Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with pecans, bacon, onion, craisins, parmesan cheese and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. |
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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with pecans, bacon, onion, dried cranberries, parmesan cheese and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 498kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 1 1/2 pounds butternut squashes , peeled and chopped into 3/4-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3-4 heaping cups fresh kale , chops and ribs removed
  • 3-4 heaping cups fresh spinach leaves , chopped
  • 6 slices bacon , cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or craisins
  • 1/2 cup pecans , chopped (*see note below)
  • 1/4 red onion , thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

For the balsamic vinaigrette:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste


  • For the vinaigrette, whisk all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to use. 
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Spread butternut squash pieces into a single layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Toss gently to coat and then roast for 20-25 minutes, tossing once during cooking, until squash is tender. 
  • Allow to cool while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  • Add kale and spinach to a large salad bowl. 
  • Top with remaining salad ingredients Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss gently.


Consider using candied pecans!
Top with grilled chicken, to make it a meal.


Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 0.7mg