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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. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Vegetarian dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings (change as needed): 4 sides (or 2 main dishes)
Author: Cheryl


  • 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