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Butternut Squash Salad

Butternut Squash Salad with Almonds and Cranberries

Butternut squash makes a lovely fall side dish, but have you considered it for salad?  When Almond Accents asked me to create fall salad recipes, I thought winter squash would be perfect with their honey roasted almonds and dried cranberries. First, I roasted cubed squash with maple syrup, lemon juice, garlic and red pepper flakes. But it took too long, stuck to the pan, and there didn’t seem to be enough roasty-caramelized flavor to benefit the effort. When I don’t have patience with a recipe I know it needs to be easier. So my solution was to skillet-cook the squash cubes, mix with maple-lemon dressing, then serve warm over greens drizzled with the rest of the dressing. Simple!  It’s fall-festive and colorful too, just right for a holiday table!

Almond Accents take salads from plain to fancy in a jiffy and are available in 6 flavors in your supermarket produce section. Their newest flavors are Honey Roasted with Cranberries, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, and Sweet Roasted Pomegranate. Dried pomegranate seeds are crunchy, tart and sweet – new to me! Try this flavor in my Quinoa Salad with Edamame and Pom.  See more recipes that I tested for Almond Accents by Cat Cora and other chefs . 

 

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Butternut Squash Salad

Makes 4-6 servings.

Spicy maple-sweetened squash with honey almonds and cranberries makes a festive winter salad or side dish. Red pepper flakes can be hot so use less for a little ‘cooler’ dish.

1        small butternut squash* (about 1-1/2 pounds or 4 cups cut up)
4        tablespoons olive oil, divided
1        clove garlic, pressed or minced
1/4     teaspoon salt
1/4     teaspoon red pepper flakes
2        tablespoons maple syrup
2        tablespoons lemon juice
3/4     cup Almond Accents Honey Roasted Almonds with Cranberries
4-6     cups arugula or baby spinach leaves

Halve, seed and peel squash. Slice or cube into bite-size pieces.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, squash, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes. Cover and cook 10-15 minutes until squash is just tender, stirring several times. Remove from heat.
For dressing, whisk together remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, maple syrup and lemon juice; add 2 tablespoons to squash. Stir in Honey Roasted Almonds and Cranberries.
Serve squash warm or cool over arugula or spinach; drizzle with remaining dressing.

*Kitchen Tip: See Rita’s Butternut Squash Soup for a simple way to cube squash.

Recipe by Rosemary Mark. Photo by Amy Neunsinger. Styling by Kate Martindale.

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7 Comments

  1. Trudy Wleklinski
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Rita’s Butternut Squash Soup recipe has a nice visual example of how to peel those hard squash. Very helpful.
    This salad looks beautiful and delicious. I plan to try it next time I get a butternut squash in my veggie box.
    Thanks.

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted November 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      I agree Trudy, peeling hard squash isn’t easy. But Rita’s slicing method works quite well. (PS — you’ll be getting a butternut squash in your CSA box tomorrow. I checked the newsletter!)

  2. JoAnne Naganawa
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Hey Ladies,
    I prepared this recipe at a class I teach at the YMCA yesterday and it got a great thumbs up! How do I get this onto my pinterest board?
    Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving weekend next week!
    Keep up the great work; love your blog!
    JoAnne

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted November 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      Thanks JoAnn, I’m delighted to hear the recipe was a success in your class! To post on Pinterest, click on the Pinit link on the right side of the blog then upload the URL for this post on Pinterest. Let me know if you need help and I can walk you through.

  3. Areta Masters
    Posted November 18, 2012 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Introduced a similar dish (sauteed diced sweet potatoes) to the Thanksgiving table a few years ago and it was well received–will have to try this one out!

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted November 18, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      Its nice to cook the potatoes so quickly isn’t it. Happy to hear this idea sounds good to you!

  4. Posted November 29, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    We’re definitely on the same wave length right now with squash salads, aren’t we. This looks perfect for the season, and I love the maple syrup dressing!!

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