Glass bowl filled with Warm Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
4.5 from 10 votes

Warm Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

A warm salad made with roasted butternut squash, cranberries, spinach and candied pecans. Healthy, filling and a perfect take-along lunch or side at fall and holiday gatherings.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Salad, Side
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh.


  • 1 medium-sized butternut squash (peeled and cubed)
  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • Sea salt + black pepper
  • 1/4 cup raw pecans
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cups baby spinach or arugula (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and position a rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Toss butternut squash cubes in 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp sea salt and 1/2 tsp pepper (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). Roast for 15-20 minutes or until just tender. You don’t want it to get mushy, just tender.

  3. While roasting, prepare your pecans by heating a medium skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add pecans and toss or stir until toasty and fragrant, being careful not to burn. Remove from skillet.
  4. To the same skillet add 1 Tbsp olive oil (or butter) and 2 Tbsp brown sugar and stir to combine (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). Then add pecans back in plus a pinch of salt and toss for a minute or two until fully coated and fragrant. Transfer to a plate to cool, spreading to make sure they don’t stick together.

  5. Chop or loosely tear your greens and add to a serving bowl along with the cranberries. Once butternut squash is done, toss it right into the bowl along with the pecans.
  6. Lastly, add remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional // amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and toss. Add more salt or pepper if desired. Serve immediately. If not vegan, goat or Gorgonzola cheese would be a brilliant addition.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4)