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  1. Watch how to make this butternut squash salad
  2. Butternut Squash Salad with Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing Recipe

Autumn gives us so much: cool weather, beautiful trees, festive holidays, and amazing squash to cook with! And if you know me at all, you know that I love my butternut squash recipes! On my farm, I grow an entire patch of pumpkins (of course showcased over on Instagram!). And I of course plant a whole ton of butternut squash. Thankfully, you don’t have to grow your own like me to enjoy the full flavors of the season. This time of year, farmers’ markets and grocers have so many squash varieties piled high and I just can’t wait to use them all in my kitchen! A quick and simple way to use squash to its fullest potential is in a roasted butternut squash salad.

Set on a bed of arugula and served with a homemade dressing, this salad is the epitome of why I love autumn. It doesn’t take a lot of work to enjoy the simple and fresh flavors of the season!

Butternut squash salad on a white plate with brown surface

Personally, I love to eat this salad when it’s served warm. The heat really helps all the natural flavors of the dish come together. Other reasons I love this:

  • The butternut squash complements the sweetness from the currants.
  • The apple cider vinegar dressing helps to remind me that this salad is utterly fall-themed.
  • The chopped walnuts add a bit of crunch in what is a pretty smooth-textured salad.
  • The parmesan cheese on top adds just a hint of a comfort food vibe. And besides, cheese… it’s just good on everything, right?! Well… maybe not everything

You can enjoy salad as a starter to a fall meal. Or if you’re in the mood for a lighter dish, as the main course. It’s truly a great seasonal dish, warm and cozy and just plain delicious.

Butternut squash salad on a white plate with brown surface and silverware all on white surface

Watch how to make this butternut squash salad

Of course let me know in the comments if you have any fall salads that are your go-to’s. I’m always looking for new healthy dishes to make!

Butternut squash salad on a white plate with brown surface and silverware all on white surface

Butternut Squash Salad with Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing

5 from 2 votes
While fall is usually about cozy, comfortable foods. But this Butternut Squash Salad with an apple cider vinegar dressing is a refreshing recipe at this time of year!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings


For the salad

  • 2 lbs butternut squash peeled and diced in ½-inch pieces
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 3 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup dried currants (or dried cranberries)
  • 4 cups baby arugula washed

For the dressing

  • 1 small onion minced
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


For the salad

  • Place squash on a large baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, maple syrup and season with salt and pepper. Place in a preheated 425°F oven for approximately 15-20 minutes. You don’t want the squash to be done yet, just softened.
  • Add the fresh thyme leaves and walnuts. Toss to incorporate and place back in the oven for 5 minutes. Lastly, add currants or cranberries and finish in the oven until squash is fork-tender, about 3-5 more minutes. While squash is cooking, prepare the dressing.

For the dressing

  • Bring apple cider, vinegar, and onion to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to a simmer and let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes until reduced to about half.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in mustard. While whisking, drizzle in olive oil until incorporated.

To assemble

  • To assemble the salad, place arugula on four plates or one large serving bowl. Top with warm squash, nuts, and currants and drizzle with warm dressing. To serve, sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 431kcalCarbohydrates: 47.2gProtein: 4gFat: 28.6gSaturated Fat: 3.9gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 665.2mgFiber: 6.4gSugar: 21.1g
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Cooking

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