Autumn Butternut Squash Salad

As we have mentioned, we will be posting clean Thanksgiving recipes for the next few weeks. Whether you are planning a healthy Thanksgiving or not, this Autumn Butternut Squash Salad is a must!

I have mentioned numerous times that I hate peeling, especially something like a butternut squash. So I always buy the pre-cut organic butternut squash cubes. Other clean blog writers will probably tell you to find an organic farm and pick the squash yourself. I’m bad, sorry! So with the precut squash this salad is really easy to make. You can even roast the squash the night before and then warm it in the oven before mixing it through the salad on Thanksgiving. We know things can get a little crazy :)

Maria xo

 

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Autumn Butternut Squash Salad
Serves 5
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Ingredients
  1. 5 cups of organic spinach
  2. 1 package of cubed butternut squash (or 1 whole butternut squash peeled and cut into cubes)
  3. 1/4 cup of dried cranberries (no sugar added)
  4. 1/2 cup of pecan halves
  5. Seasoning of choice (I used Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning)
  6. Fig Balsamic Vinegar (or any balsamic vinaigrette with no added sugar or preservatives)
  7. Extra virgin olive oil
  8. Sea salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lightly coat butternut squash cubes with olive oil and seasoning.
  3. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 25-30 minutes until tender.
  4. Toss the squash about 15 minutes into baking.
  5. While the squash is baking, add the spinach, cranberries and pecan halves to a large salad bowl.
  6. Once squash is roasted, allow to cool slightly and then add to the salad.
  7. Drizzle the Fig Balsamic Vinegar, or your own balsamic vinaigrette, and gently toss.
  8. Season will additional sea salt and pepper as needed.
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Original Recipe: Autumn Butternut Squash Salad

Comments

    • Alyssa says

      Hi Tricia! It’s a mix of sea salt, mustard seed, black peppercorns, coriander, onion, garlic, paprika and chilli pepper. But feel free to use a combination of whatever you have at home!

    • Maria says

      Hi Jenny! I plugged it into a calorie counter (so this is just an estimate!) and for one meal-size serving I think we are looking at around 221 calories, 15.75 grams of fat and 5.25 grams of fiber. The fat content and bulk of the calories come from the pecans and olive oil. So you can always reduce the amount of pecans or skip them, but they are heathy fats :) Hope that helps!

    • Maria says

      Hi Christine! I’m not going to lie they are hard to find…! I would recommend Cherry Bay Orchards Dried Unsweetened Cranberries, with only 6 grams of sugar (google it and see if they are in a store near you). You can also look for Made in Nature Organic Dried Cranberries that are sweetened with apple juice, for natural sweetness. Hope that helps!

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