This is the best Thanksgiving salad! It has everything a fall salad needs like butternut squash, cranberries, kale and goat cheese. Toss it in a cinnamon spiced vinaigrette and serve as a side dish to go with your Thanksgiving dinner.
I don't know about you, but I LOVE a salad as a side dish to go with my Thanksgiving dinner. Having something fresh and crunch to go along with all the carbs brightens my meal. And this one has it all!
- Roasted butternut squash
- Candied pecans
- Goat cheese
- Apple chips (optional)
How to Roast Butternut Squash
The most time consuming part of this recipe is the roasted butternut squash. You can buy pre-peeled and chopped squash, but doing it yourself saves money!
Start by peeling the squash using a potato peeler. Next, make sure you have a sharp knife and cut off the ends. Cut the squash down the middle lengthwise then scoop out the seeds. Cut the butternut squash into small, bite-sized pieces.
To roast the butternut squash, toss with salt and olive oil then bake on a large sheet at 450°F for 30-45 minutes.
The best Thanksgiving recipes are the ones you can make or prep in advance! Here's how to prepare this thanksgiving salad recipe a couple days before:
- Roast the butternut squash and store in an air-tight container
- Make the salad dressing in a small jar and store in the fridge
Toss all of the prepped ingredients with the brussels and kale with the goat cheese, cranberries and dressing then serve!
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- 1 medium butternut squash peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Pinch of sea salt
- 12-16 ounces baby spinach
- 1-2 honeycrisp apples cored and cubed or thinly sliced
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- 4 ounces goat cheese crumbled
- ½ cup pecans or candied pecans chopped
- 1 cup dried apple chips optional
Spiced apple cider vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400°F. If you haven't already, peel the butternut squash, slice it in half and use a spoon to scoop out the seedy center. Cut the butternut squash into 1-inch cubes.
- Roast the squash: Spread diced butternut squash on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Toss to coat the butternut squash. Bake for 25-35 minutes, stirring halfway through. The squash will be fork-tender and slightly golden brown on some sides when it's done.
- Make the dressing:While the squash is roasting, prepare the spiced apple cider vinaigrette. Place all of the ingredients in a medium sized mason jar and close the lid. Shake well until thoroughly mixed, about 30 seconds - 1 minute. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
- Assemble: add the spinach to a large serving bowl. Top with the dried cranberries, roasted squash, apples, goat cheese, pecans and dried apples if using.
- Toss the salad with reserved salad dressing when ready to serve or leave as is and have guests dress individual servings.