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Roasted Butternut Tossed Salad Recipe

Roasted Butternut Tossed Salad Recipe

This salad makes an easy and special side dish for Thanksgiving dinner, and it's packed with nutritious veggies, almonds, berries and squash.—Katie Wollgast, Florissant, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 4 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 pound)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons reduced-fat poppy seed salad dressing, divided
  • 1/2 cup seasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, toss squash and onion with honey, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 20-25 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring once. Cool slightly.
  • 2. In another bowl, combine spinach, lettuce, cheese and squash mixture. Just before serving, drizzle with 4 tablespoons dressing and toss to coat. Divide salad among eight plates; top with stuffing cubes, cranberries, almonds and bacon. Drizzle with remaining dressing. Yield: 8 servings.
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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 165 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 453 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Reviews for Roasted Butternut Tossed Salad

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Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"I didn't expect to like this. The squash in it made me nervous, but I had some to use up so I gave it a try. I am SO glad I did! This was a fantastic salad, and even my kids and father-in-law loved it! The sweetness of the cranberries was a nice touch. I made my own poppy-seed dressing instead of buying a bottle, and it was definitely something I would make again!"

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"This salad is surprisingly fantastic, with brilliant combinations of flavors, textures, and even temperatures with the warm squash on the cool greens. I liked it so much for lunch that I had it again for dinner! I added a little oil to the honey mixture for roasting the squash, and I prepared a homemade poppyseed dressing (not fat-free) rather than make a trip to the store. Wow."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"Tried this for the first time last night as a meal. I really didn't expect it to be so good. I halved the onion and it was delicious and filling."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"I made this for our Thanksgiving dinner. It is a nice change of pace from other salads, and very tasty! I highly recommend it!"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"Prepared this salad for a sorority meeting and It was a hit and everyone wanted the recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"My 92yr old Mom lives with my husband and me. We often enjoy Meal salads instead of a heavy dinner. This one definitely was a hit. It's full of textures and yummy flavors that appealed to all of us. I left out the stuffing cubes and used Turkey bacon. It will be added to our list of favorites."

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