Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

roasted butternut squash salad

Even though it was 80-some-odd degrees outside when I made this salad, I can safely say that I am now fully and officially into fall.

My tea supply has been restocked. I got a new pair of fuzzy pajama pants.

I’ve got my stack of Thanksgiving themed magazines piled up on my nightstand.

roasted butternut squash salad

Did I mention that some of our family is actually coming up to see US this year and I’m HOSTING Thanksgiving?! Oooohhhh yeah. It’s on.

Spoiler alert to those that will be attending: You’re most likely gonna be eating this salad.

Let’s do this!

butternut squash prep

A fall without butternut squash is a fall that I want no part in. It’s always one of the first things I reach for when the leaves start to change.

It’s a bit of an odd looking character that seems to intimidate a lot of people, but if you have a knife and a vegetable peeler, you’re good to go.

Just cut off the top and bottom ends for stability, stand it up and slice the skin off with the vegetable peeler. From there you can cut it in half vertically, remove the seeds with a spoon, and chop as you like.

In this case, we’re cubin’ and roastin’.

roasted butternut squash

This salad has a nice balance of flavors and textures. The butternut squash is roasted with a coating of brown sugar and cayenne pepper, for sweetness and heat.

salad prep

We also have radicchio for bitterness, pepitas for a hearty crunch, apples for a mild sweetness, and tarragon for a fresh finishing punch of flavor. Blue cheese brings its famous funkiness to the party as well. It just isn’t a party without some funk.

roasted butternut squash salad

All the fun of fall is hanging out in one bowl, just begging you to eat it and all its healthy glory. So dig in!


Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

The butternut squash packs a good amount of heat from the cayenne pepper. If the 1/2 teaspoon intimidates you, cut it down to 1/4 teaspoon - you'll get just a hint of warmth.




  • 3 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded & cut into 1" pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups sliced radicchio, loosely packed (from about 1/2 small head)
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced (I used gala)
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup pepitas

Maple Tarragon Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped tarragon, plus extra to garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. On a baking sheet, toss the butternut squash with the olive oil, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, and a little freshly ground black pepper. Bake for 25-30 minutes, just until tender. You don't want the squash to fall apart in the salad, so take it out as soon as it can be easily pierced with a fork.
  2. Transfer the squash to a large bowl and mix with the radicchio to warm it through. To make the dressing, whisk together the oil, maple syrup, vinegar, and mustard. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then whisk in the tarragon.
  3. Add the apples and vinaigrette to the squash mixture and toss to combine. Top with the blue cheese, pepitas, and a little extra tarragon.

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25 Responses to “Roasted Butternut Squash Salad”

  1. Mom says:

    Mmmmmm…this would be nice sitting by the fireplace with a nice glass of vino and some crusty bread!

  2. Foodiewife says:

    I had a great time chatting with you. Yes, it’s true– your photography is beautiful. So are you. Best of luck to you two in finding your SFO home. Come visit Monterey, sometime!

  3. Hello Brittany,

    It was so fun meeting you at the Festival this past weekend. Your personality just lighted up the room! So glad we got to know each other a little bit. And this salad… oh yum. I might have to bring that to MY thanksgiving! YUMMY!

    I hope to stay in touch!


  4. Jacquie says:

    Just made this last night and added endive – AMAZING. Great recipe, and i always find that if the picture’s good, the food’ll be great!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Uh yum, this recipe looks colourful, healthy and tasty!

  6. Holly says:

    This looks fabulous and different. I’m definitely picking up ingredients for this at the market tomorrow.

  7. Hey Brittany!

    I put up a photo of us from Food Buzz on my blog. It really was so wonderful to meet you and your hubby. Can’t wait to read more recipes from you!

  8. Ryan says:

    I want that bowl.

  9. Lashaan says:

    I look forward to this culinary delight. 🙂

  10. jessica says:

    Made this for Thanksgiving… Colorful, unique, nutritious and VERY delicious!! Can’t wait to make it again.

  11. Shibi Thomas says:

    Wonderful clicks and presentation! Nice combination of fruit and vegetables in the salad.

  12. Claudine says:

    love fall flavors!


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