Butternut Squash Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts and Feta Cheese


I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend and had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This was also the beginning of Hanukah, so Happy Hanukah my friends. There is much to be thankful for as throughout this holiday season and being with family is always at the top of my list. My kids are growing up fast. My son just got his driver’s learning permit and all I want is time to slow down. Funny how when you are a kid all you want is to grow up and as a parent you want them to stay young. Thankfully, they still like hugs and for me to take care of them, which always warms my heart.

Feeding my kids and teaching them to cook and eat nutritiously always makes me feel good. :D I just roasted some of that butternut squash I just showed you how to prep! Now that you know what to do…have you ever tried Roasted Butternut Squash in a salad? It is so delicious!!

Butternut Squash Salad

I love the colors of this salad! Something this naturally colorful is definitely loaded with great nutrients! 

Butternut Squash provides vitamin A, fiber, potassium, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, iron, and calcium.

Spinach is a major source of vitamin K, vitamin A, iron and folate.  Vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and manganese, zinc, and selenium are all antioxidants found in spinach.

Walnuts contain the minerals phosphorus, magnesium, and Vitamin E. Walnuts are the only nut that provides omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

 

Butternut Squash Salad

 

Butternut Squash Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts and Feta Cheese
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1½-pounds roasted butternut squash, ¼-inch diced
  • 5 oz mixed baby green salad
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • ½ cup reduced fat feta cheese
  • Vinaigrette
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl add the mixed baby greens in a large salad bowl.
  2. Add the roasted butternut squash, cranberries, walnuts.
  3. Drizzle just enough vinaigrette to lightly moisten salad, toss well.
  4. Sprinkle with Feta cheese.

 

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Roasted butternut squash salad

This is one of my most favorite fall time salads.  It is a delicious combination of savory butternut squash, sweet cranberries, crunchy walnuts, and creamy feta cheese. It is the perfect way to recover from that big Thanksgiving feast :D I love this salad for lunch or anytime I’d like a light dinner. 

~ Cindy

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Comments

  1. I love roaste butternut in salads! It makes them so beautiful! I can’t wait to try this one ;)

    • I agree Consuelo, they are so bight and colorful with the butternut squash. I love that it is both a sweet and savory addition to any salad.

  2. What a gorgeous and healthy winter salad. Thank you for sharing. I hope you are having a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

    • Thanks Monet, I love this salad :D It’s been a wonderful weekend filled with holiday decorating and relaxing with the family. Hope yours has been equally as great.

  3. What a pretty salad Cindy! I absolutely adore butternut squash in salads and don’t eat it as often I should. Need to change that. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

    • Anne, I too love butternut squash in salads. I find it is a little easier to roast some and then store in the refrigerator. Then all I have to do is warm up and I have a quick salad.

  4. I could really use this nice and light salad after the way I just ate for the past 5 days or so LOL!!!

  5. Oh, what a lovely flavor combination! And so jam-crammed with nutrition! Seriously – you are gonna need every bit of that nutrition to keep you fueled up for student driving fun … I think I may have to leave that up to my calm and patient husband when we get to that phase! Egads! Good luck, my friend! :D

    • Oh Shelly, the student driving is so nerve racking! I’m exhausted afterward. It takes every ounce of my being to remain calm. Haha This salad is just what I need to recharge after all that stress :D

  6. This looks like such a lovely fall salad Cindy! I love butternut squash and it sounds wonderful with the cranberries and walnuts in here. Perfect clean dish after all the indulging food I’ve been having:)

    • Kelly, I too am in need of some clean foods. I love the treats but they leave me feeling so blah. There is nothing like a beautiful Roasted Butternut squash salad to make me feel more like me :D

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