Butternut Squash Fall Salad


Made with arugula, dried cranberries, goat cheese, walnuts, and a homemade apple cider vinaigrette, this Butternut Squash Fall Salad is a delicious and seasonal way to start any autumn dinner. Add grilled chicken or steak and you can turn it into a meal. 

Butternut Squash Fall Salad Recipe in bowls on table.

A Tasty Fall Salad Recipe: 

It’s officially autumn, so I’m looking for ways to include the flavors of the season in all of my meals. I’m doing exactly that with this butternut squash fall salad. This recipe is so simple to toss together and includes so many of my favorite flavors. 

Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to include a few more salad recipes into the pages of Inspired by Charm. While I had some posted on the site, I thought I should post even more choices. (If you’re looking for some of my favorite salad recipes, you can find those HERE.)

I realized I didn’t have one for autumn and that led me to make this butternut squash fall salad. 

Butternut Squash Fall Salad Recipe in bowl on table.

I love the flavor combination here. It hits on all the notes to make a well-balanced dish. There’s sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy, and peppery. The butternut squash and apple cider bring out those fall vibes and flavors.  Yum! 

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I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to bring this salad together. Let me walk you through the steps and share a few recipe variations. 

Butternut Squash Fall Salad Recipe in bowl.

How to Assemble:

The process is really simple. I’ll walk you through the steps here. I’ve also provided a detailed ingredient list and instructions in the printable recipe card below. 

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Spread the squash out onto a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to combine. 
  3. Roast for about 15-20 minutes or until tender. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
roasted butternut squash on sheet pan.
  1. Add the apple cider, apple cider vinegar, shallots, dijon mustard, maple syrup, and salt and pepper to a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
  2. In a large salad bowl add the arugula, roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and walnuts. 
Butternut Squash Fall Salad ingredients.
  1. Drizzle with some of the dressing and toss to combine. 
  2. Serve immediately. 

Easy peasy, right? 

Butternut Squash Fall Salad Recipe in bowls.

Recipe Variations:

Want to make it your own? Here are a few ideas to switch up this recipe.

  • Make it a meal. You can easily take this recipe from a side dish or starter to a full meal with the addition of chicken or beef. 
  • Try a different cheese. I LOVE goat cheese, but I find many people don’t. If you’re one of those people, blue cheese or feta would work well in this recipe. You could even do parmesan! 
  • Roast a different vegetable. Don’t want butternut squash? No problem. Try roasting pumpkin, sweet potatoes, or another squash that you like better. 

How to Serve:

Here are a few other recipes you might consider pairing with the tasty fall salad. C

Butternut Squash Fall Salad Recipe in bowl with fork.

Toss and Serve! 

And that’s a wrap on another fabulous fall recipe

I hope you enjoyed this Butternut Squash Fall Salad and are feeling inspired to add it to your collection. It’s a fresh recipe with kisses of sweet and warming fall flavors. I’ve already added it to my weekly rotation. 

Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comment section below. Enjoy! 

Butternut Squash Fall Salad in bowls.

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Butternut Squash Fall Salad Recipe in bowl on table.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

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Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butternut squash, fall, salad, side dish
Servings: 4
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Made with arugula, dried cranberries, goat cheese, walnuts, and a homemade apple cider vinaigrette, this Butternut Squash Fall Salad is a delicious and seasonal way to start any autumn dinner. Add grilled chicken or steak and you can turn it into a meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash (about 1.5 lbs) - peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6-8 cups arugula
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Dressing
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons shallots
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Spread the squash out onto a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Roast for about 15-20 minutes or until tender. Turn once or twice during the baking process. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • In the meantime, prepare the dressing. Add the apple cider, apple cider vinegar, shallots, dijon mustard, maple syrup, and salt and pepper to a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • In a large salad bowl add the arugula, roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and walnuts. Drizzle with some of the dressing and toss to combine. Add more dressing as needed.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 329kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 10gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 946mgPotassium: 597mgFiber: 4gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 12925IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 164mgIron: 2mg
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  • Sarah at

    Made this for thanksgiving and it was a winner. Thank you!

    • Michael Wurm Jr. at

      So happy to hear that! Thanks!!

      xo Michael

  • Michelle Bagby at

    I’m hoping someone has tried this with frozen butternut squash….
    I’d love to make this AND clean out my freezer!
    All helpful hints welcome!
    Mic

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