This butternut squash salad celebrates some of the best winter produce – butternut squash and pomegranate. Everyone will love this healthy, flavorful dish!
Summer produce gets all the glory, but there are some amazing fruits and vegetables in season during the winter. Winter squash, pomegranate, citrus fruits, pears, kale, and leeks are all in season right now, to name a few!
This butternut squash salad with pomegranate and goat cheese highlights two of my favorite winter ingredients. Butternut squash and pomegranate are delicious on their own, but taste incredible when paired together in a recipe.
Ingredients in this butternut squash salad
This salad recipe features just 5 main ingredients, plus a few more to make a homemade balsamic dressing. The main ingredients you need for the salad are:
To make balsamic vinaigrette, you just need balsamic vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, and maple syrup.
Tips for making this recipe perfectly
Cut butternut squash into equal sized pieces. This will ensure even roasting.
Wait for butternut squash to cool before adding to the salad. This will ensure your arugula remains crisp without wilting from the added heat of warm squash.
Don’t skip toasting the pine nuts. Toasting the nuts enhances their flavor and adds more crunch to the salad. You don’t want to miss out on this!
This recipe is absolutely delicious, but here are some ingredient substitutions that would also taste great if you can’t find or dislike something in this salad.
Delicata or honeynut squash for butternut squash. Both of these winter squashes are sweet and delicious when roasted, with a similar flavor profile to butternut.
Dried cherries or cranberries for pomegranate. Choose a slightly tart dried fruit instead of pomegranate if you can’t find it in your store.
Feta or parmesan cheese for goat cheese. Feta cheese will add a saltier, slightly stronger flavor to this salad. And who doesn’t love freshly grated parmesan?
Toasted slivered almonds or pecans for pine nuts. Sometimes pine nuts are hard to find or quite expensive. Any toasted nut would taste good, but especially slivered almonds or pecans.