Winter Butternut Squash Salad is a perfect alternative to the richer festive fare whilst still celebrating delicious winter flavours.


2 – 4

total time

75 mins

great for

winter flavours

suitable for

GF / Vegetarian

Winter Butternut Squash Salad

As much as we find ourselves craving rich, creamy and indulgent dishes on these long cold December nights, sometimes what we actually need to power us through is a little bit of greenery!

This Winter Butternut Squash Salad celebrates the ingredients of the season to create a hearty side or main dish perfect for any weeknight dinner or even celebration!

Loaded with blue cheese, pecans and honey roasted butternut squash, this salad will satisfy any cravings and turn even lettuce haters into full-on supporters!

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Butternut Squash on Tray with Salad

Whilst we love the mix of flavours created through combining a mature blue cheese with the creamy butternut squash and crunchy pecans, we realise they may not be for everyone.

So, feel free to switch out ingredients to ensure this salad is right for your family. Honey roasted sweet potato would be a great option in place of butternut squash.

And, if blue cheese is a little too intense for your liking, then a mild goat’s cheese or feta would make a great alternative.

Don’t like pecans? Walnuts or even sliced almonds would be delicious too!

Tossed Butternut Squash Salad

Plus when it comes to effort, very little is needed here as most of the time is hands off while the butternut squash and onion roast away happily meaning you have time to tick off any other items that might be on your to-do list.

So get-to-roasting and enjoy this delicious winter butternut squash salad!

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Winter Butternut Squash Salad

Winter Butternut Squash Salad

Winter Butternut Squash Salad is a perfect alternative to the richer festive fare whilst still celebrating delicious winter flavours.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Mains
Suitable For Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings 4


For the Salad

  • 450 g butternut squash cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 medium red onion roughly chopped
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes halved
  • 75 g blue cheese crumbled
  • 50 g pecans roughly chopped
  • 120 g rocket
  • 150 g baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

For the Dressing

  • 2 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • ½ tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 75 g olive oil extra virgin


  • Preheat the oven to 200C. In a large bowl, coat the butternut squash and red onion in the honey and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Spread over a baking sheet and place in the oven for 50-60 minutes until golden brown and caramelised; allow to cool.
  • To make the dressing, place all of the ingredients into the base of the bowl you plan to use for the salad and whisk together until the oil is fully combined with the other ingredients.
  • Add the remaining salad ingredients (rocket, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese and pecans) to the salad bowl along with the roasted butternut squash and onion.
  • Toss to ensure everything is fully coated in the dressing and serve immediately.
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