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butternut squash and spinach salad with cranberries, pecans, pomegranate seeds

Butternut Squash and Spinach Salad with Pecans, Cranberries, Pomegranate

Butternut Squash and Spinach Salad with Pecans, Cranberries, Pomegranate with Poppy Seed Honey-Lime Dressing.  Healthy, gluten free, packed with veggies.  The best salad for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve or any other Fall and Winter holiday menu!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 516 kcal
Author Julia


Roasted butternut squash:

  • 1 pound butternut squash , peeled, seeded, and cubed into 1-inch cubes (Yields about 3 cups of uncooked cubed butternut squash)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey softened
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Salad ingredients:

  • 10 oz baby spinach , about 10 cups of torn leaves
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds


Roasted butternut squash:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. 

  2. In a medium bowl, combine cubed butternut squash (peeled and seeded),1 tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt, and toss to mix.

  3. Place butternut squash in a single layer on the foil-lined baking sheet. 

  4. Roast for 20-25 minutes, turning once half-way through baking, until softened.

Honey Lime Salad Dressing:

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.

How to assemble butternut squash salad

  1. In a large bowl, combine roasted butternut squash, spinach leaves (chop them up a little), 2/3 cup of pecans, 1/2 cup cranberries, and 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds. 

  2. Add the salad dressing and gently toss. 

  3. Top with the remaining 1/3 cup pecans and 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds.

Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash and Spinach Salad with Pecans, Cranberries, Pomegranate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 516 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 105mg5%
Potassium 960mg27%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 18715IU374%
Vitamin C 48.3mg59%
Calcium 174mg17%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.