Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cinnamon Dressing
Beautiful, delicious and satisfying as a vegetarian main or side, Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cinnamon Dressing will get rave reviews at your next holiday or dinner event.
Servings (change as needed): 4 sides (or 2 main dishes)
- 4 tsp olive oil, divided
- 1 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2-3/4 inch cubes (about 2 cups)
- 1/2 large sweet onion, thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 4 cups salad greens I use a spring mix
- garnish options: chopped toasted nuts, crumbled goat cheese
Cinnamon Vinaigrette Dressing
- 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar (good quality)
- 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil (not extra virgin olive oil)
- 1 tsp maple syrup (or honey)
- 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt or to taste
- 1/8 tsp ground pepper
Heat oven to 425F. Line a sided pan with parchment or foil sprayed with oil.
ROAST BUTTERNUT SQUASH: Toss butternut squash with 2 tsp olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If desired, add a pinch of cinnamon and/or sugar. Lay in single layer on pan. Roast for 20-30 minutes, flipping once, halfway through, until lightly browned in spots.
CARAMELIZE ONIONS: Heat medium size pan to Medium. Heat 2 tsp oil and add onions. Cook onions, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes until soft, translucent and lightly browned.
MAKE DRESSING: Whisk all ingredients in a glass measuring cup or bowl until smooth. Taste and adjust to your liking - adding more salt, maple syrup, Dijon, cinnamon if needed or a splash of water or orange juice to thin it out.
ASSEMBLE: Lay out salad on a plate or wide mouthed bowl/platter. Add butternut squash and onions on top. Warm the dressing for 30-40 seconds in microwave. Drizzle evenly over salad. You may not need it all. Garnish with chopped nuts and/or crumbled goat cheese if desired. Serve. Alternatively, toss everything together and serve.
Make Ahead: All components (squash, onions, dressing) can be made up to a day or two ahead and kept in fridge, covered. Bring squash and onions to room temperature before serving or warm for 30-60 seconds in microwave. Assemble salad before serving, heat dressing in microwave, drizzle over salad, then serve.
Nutrition value estimates do not include garnishes like nuts or goat cheese.
Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 526mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 12509IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg