Butternut Squash Salad is healthy and delicious as both a Holiday meal side, or a weeknight dinner! Sweet roasted butternut squash is paired with tart cranberries and tangy goat cheese in this flavorful, warm side dish made all on one pan! This post contains affiliate links for products I’m obsessed with.
Confession #65 – This weekend, a friend of mine asked me what I do when I run out of recipe inspiration and find myself in a food rut.
Umm…I don’t know.
That literally never happens to me.
I have the opposite problem, actually. My mind is always filled with recipe ideas. I dream about food, and sometimes I can’t sleep because I saw something on Pinterest I just NEED to try.
And throw Thanksgiving into the mix, and I am seriously haunted by sweet potatoes and pumpkin desserts.
It’s kind of a problem.
I have too many Turkey Day ideas right now, between recipes I want to share on the blog, and recipes I want to make for my own family’s Thanksgiving. I can’t possibly make them all in the small amount of time I have to cook, take pics, and write up posts.
I guess there is always next year.
You’ll stick around, right?
Anyway, this was such a festive and fun side dish, it will definitely be making an appearance on my Thanksgiving menu. You could sub feta for goat cheese if you prefer, but I thought it was perfect just like this! If you give it a try, let me know!
Because butternut squash can be so tricky to use and cut, I explain my favorite ways to soften it up in my Lazy Butternut Squash Lasagna and Butternut Squash Soup recipes. Go visit those posts if you’re having trouble!
Ingredients for Butternut Squash Salad
- peeled and chopped butternut squash – Soften this up beforehand for better success with making butternut squash cubes
- olive oil cooking spray – spray your pan first so things don’t stick
- olive oil – can sub coconut oil or avocado oil
- salt, pepper, and garlic powder – just a sprinkle to taste
- fresh cranberries – Readers have reported that blueberries are an amazing sub if you are trying to make this out of season
- honey – gives this a nice sweetness, you can always sub maple syrup if that is all you have
- crumbled goat cheese – any will work, but I used honey flavored from Aldi and it was sooo tasty
- cinnamon – gives it a nice flavor but you can omit too
- fresh or dried parsley to garnish – totally optional, but it looks so festive!
Looking for more Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas? Try some of these-
Enjoy this butternut squash salad recipe!
Warm Honey Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
- 6 cups peeled and chopped butternut squash
- olive oil cooking spray
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Salt, pepper, and garlic powder, to taste
- 1 cup fresh cranberries Out of season? Readers have reported that blueberries are an amazing sub!
- 2 Tbsp honey
- ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese I used honey flavored from Aldi
- 1/8-1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Fresh or dried parsley to garnish
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
- Add cubed squash to the sheet along with another drizzle of olive oil.
- Sprinkle with a light layer of salt, pepper, and garlic powder, based on taste preference.
- Roast at 400 F for 25 minutes on the center rack.
- At the 25 minute mark, pull out the oven rack, and add your fresh cranberries to the roasting pan.
- Return to the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the cranberries have started to soften and burst a bit, resembling really juicy craisins vs fresh firm cranberries.
- Remove from oven and add a sprinkle of cinnamon and honey. Then gently mix in goat cheese.
- Garnish with parsley for some beautiful color and serve while it's hot.
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