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Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad Recipe
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Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad Recipe

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We have end-of-season picnics for my son's flag football team. This makes enough to serve plenty of hungry boys and their families. — Dolores Deifel, Mundelein, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 medium butternut squash (2-1/2 to 3 pounds), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2 cups uncooked jasmine rice
  • 2 large sweet red peppers, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons snipped fresh dill
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, oil and salt. Add squash; toss to coat. Transfer to a greased, foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, cook rice according to package directions. Remove from heat; cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, combine red peppers, pine nuts, green onions, dill, parsley, squash and rice. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Serve at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Originally published as Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad in Taste of Home October/November 2012, p79

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Reviewed Nov. 14, 2015

"This recipe is awesome! I didn't have some ingredients so I used the pre-cooked, packaged Quinoa and brown rice, dried dill and parsley I had on hand. I will recommend this to everyone"

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

"Thank you, this is a keeper!"

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

"I made this exactly as written....Fantastic!!! I put over fresh spinach for a terrific salad to take to work. Sometimes top with a little cubed chicken. Satisfying and delicious!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2015

"Took this to a potluck this morning and it was a crowd pleaser. Prepared the squash last night and refrigerated overnight to cut down on prep time this morning. Great flavors."

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"This was so quick and easy. It was scrumptious!"

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