This butternut squash salad celebrates some of the best winter produce – butternut squash and pomegranate. Everyone will love this healthy, flavorful dish!

Butternut Squash Salad with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese - Daisybeet

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.

Butternut Squash Salad with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese - Daisybeet

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:

  • Arugula
  • Butternut squash
  • Goat cheese
  • Pine nuts
  • Pomegranate

To make balsamic vinaigrette, you just need balsamic vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, and maple syrup.

Butternut Squash Salad with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese - Daisybeet

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!
Butternut Squash Salad with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese - Daisybeet

Substitution suggestions

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.

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Butternut Squash Salad with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese (Gluten Free)

This butternut squash salad celebrates some of the best winter produce – butternut squash and pomegranate. Everyone will love this healthy, flavorful dish!

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8 as a side 1x
  • Category: side dish
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Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced into 1” pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 5 oz bag baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2/3 cup pomegranate arils

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss butternut squash in olive oil, cinnamon, and a dash of salt and pepper, and spread out evenly on baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 25-30 minutes, until fork tender and beginning to brown. Let cool to room temperature.
  4. Place pine nuts on a separate baking sheet, and add to the oven for 4-6 minutes to toast. Make sure you watch them closely to avoid burning. They will be fragrant and golden brown when toasted.
  5. To make dressing, whisk together balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and dijon mustard. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, continuing to whisk vigorously, until cohesive. 
  6. Assemble the salad: pour arugula into a salad bowl, then top with butternut squash, pine nuts, goat cheese, and pomegranate arils. 
  7. When ready to serve, toss salad in balsamic vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Salad ingredients can be prepared ahead of time, but wait until serving to assemble and add dressing.

Keywords: butternut squash salad, gluten free, butternut squash, pomegranate

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