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Wilted Spinach Salad with Butternut Squash Recipe
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Wilted Spinach Salad with Butternut Squash Recipe

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Make quick work of peeling butternut squash. First, prick it with a fork and give it 45 seconds in the microwave. Then, trim an inch from the base of the squash, making it stand up straight and tall while you run the peeler from top to bottom. —Margee Berry, White Salmon, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dry red wine or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 5 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 4 slices red onion
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • Coarsely ground pepper, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 228 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 382 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a small skillet, saute the squash, chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in 2 teaspoons oil for 11-13 minutes or until tender. Set aside; keep warm.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 4-6 minutes or until reduced to 1/4 cup. Stir in the wine, cranberry sauce, remaining oil and remaining salt. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute longer.
  3. Place spinach on a serving platter; top with onion, cranberries and squash mixture. Drizzle with warm dressing. Sprinkle with almonds, goat cheese and pepper if desired. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Wilted Spinach Salad with Butternut Squash in Taste of Home November 2011, p25

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"Made this salad for Thanksgiving, everyone loved it! Not a leaf left on the plate"

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"This is a grand-slam.Two thumbs up like Fonzi."

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