Roasted Butternut Squash Chopped Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

I’m glad you were all so intrigued by Monday’s carrot butter recipe! Sarah brought up a good point – that carrots in a sweet recipe aren’t that foreign of a concept after all… just think of carrot cake. Duh! Why didn’t I think of that? So none of you are allowed to be skeptical of carrot butter any more. Carrot cake in vegan dip form! :)

Today, though, we’ve still got some orange in our food, but it’s not cake (or even carrots). It’s a chopped salad with roasted butternut squash! Mmmm.

Roasted Butternut Squash Chopped Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

Before we get to the salad, though, I wanted to mention that it’s mid-January and there has been nary a mention of New Year’s resolution-setting on this blog. I’m not a big one for New Year’s resolutions. They tend to come at other times of the year for me, like the looking-good-in-your-wedding-dress time, the stop-slacking-at-work time, and the running-another-half-marathon time. But then sometimes, all those times collide… like in my life right now in the new year. And so those things (look good in my wedding dress! give 100% at work! run a half marathon in May!) aren’t New Year’s resolutions; they are just things I plan on doing in 2014. I think it’s going to be a busy year!

I would ask you what all this has in common with a salad… but I think you already know.

Roasted Butternut Squash Chopped Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

It’s that time of year when we’re all trying to eat more salads. Why does that have to happen at the coldest time of year? I guess because we were busy filling ourselves with stick-to-the-ribs winter food in December. I know I was! Anyway, it’s an unfortunate coincidence that leads us to eat cold food in January, and that’s why my wintertime salads must have roasted vegetables on them. It’s my way of making even my salads warm and comforting in the winter.

This recipe, like my other chopped salad, is inspired by the seasonal chopped salad at one of our favorite pizza restaurants. Their chopped salad always includes quinoa, which is a great way to add chewy texture. And the pistachios! The pistachios are what make this salad so delicious. I want to add pistachios to every salad I eeeever make for the rest of my life. They are just that good.

I topped this salad with my favorite dressing: olive oil, a squeeze of lime, and a drizzle of honey. I don’t think I can ever go back to bottled salad dressings after making my own with citrus. When I’m feeling super lazy, I just squeeze a wedge of lemon or lime over my salad and call it a day. Adding some honey and getting out a whisk is pretty fancy compared to that! But not really. It is super simple and hiiiighly recommended.

Here’s to eating delicious food while we keep our New Year’s resolutions!

Roasted Butternut Squash Chopped Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

5.0 from 2 reviews

Roasted Butternut Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing
Yields: 4 side salads
For the salad:
  • 4 cups peeled and chopped butternut squash
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • about 6 large leaves of lettuce, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios, toasted and chopped
For the dressing:
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, toss chopped butternut squash with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes, until squash is tender but not browned, stirring once about halfway through.
  2. While the squash roasts, cook quinoa according to package instructions.
  3. Whisk together dressing ingredients (lime juice, olive oil and honey) and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. When butternut squash and quinoa are done cooking, place in a large bowl with lettuce and avocado. Add dressing and toss. (You may have a bit of dressing left over.)
  5. Top with chopped pistachios and serve immediately. Enjoy!


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  • Aparna B. January 15, 2014, 5:20 am

    Yuuummm! You are right! People are all about eating lighter, healthier meals and I am all about that right now as well (well, I kind of always was but moreso now ;)). I love butternut squash and love finding new ways to incorporate it into meals. Adding this to a salad sounds perfect!

  • Julia January 15, 2014, 6:33 am

    This is so creative, ahhhh! I love the de-constructed AND the re-constructed versions and all I want is to put it in my face! I love how NY Resoluion-friendly this is…and the fact that I want to eat this every day of my life for the rest of eternity.

  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green January 15, 2014, 7:21 am

    For such a simple recipe, this looks incredible!! I love adding butternut squash to my salads and paired with avocado = amazing.

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run January 15, 2014, 9:43 am

    beautiful salad. i have a b-squash in my cupboard. i think this recipe is calling its name.

  • dishing up the dirt January 15, 2014, 11:41 am

    This looks like the perfect salad. Also, I’m going to try your carrot butter but sub in beets! What do you think? Too weird, or do you think it will work? Can’t wait to give it a whirl!

    • Erica January 15, 2014, 6:27 pm

      If anyone could make it work with beets, it would be you! Report back… :)

  • Becky @ Olives n Wine January 15, 2014, 2:30 pm

    You do make a very valid argument about salads during the coldest time of the year ;) I’m happy that this salad (even the dressing) includes only “clean” ingredients as most of your recipes. I’m trying to cut processed foods out and I could definitely get down with this salad!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health January 15, 2014, 10:06 pm

    You’re on a roll with delicious orange recipes this week! This looks amazing and perfect for a pre dress fitting meal. ;)

    You have to tell us as soon as you find the one!!

  • Karissa January 21, 2014, 8:01 pm

    Just made this – delish!! Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

    • Erica January 21, 2014, 8:33 pm

      You are so welcome, Karissa! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli February 1, 2014, 5:25 am

    Oh Erica!! This looks AMAZING!! I mean seriously, I can’t quit staring! I love mixing warm and cold in my salads as well as having contrasting textures…the creamy avocado and crunchy pistachios? You’re killing me! LOVE!!


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