Tasty Tuesday: Roasted Butternut Squash and Pepita Salad

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

I actually crave this salad daily.
Like woah, the flavor combination is the best.
It's probably tied with the strawberry beet salad (I'll post that one soon!) but even Oaklyn likes this one!
Butternut squash has such a yummy flavor. It's kind of sweet unlike zucchini squash or yellow squash. 
When it's roasted it has a little bit of a crisp outside and a bit of salt just makes it so flavorful.
We eat butternut squash as is, in soup, as a side, but it's my favorite in a salad. 
I love adding a bit of warmth to a salad, and a different texture. 
Paired with feta, pepitas, and apples... you guys it is SO good!


Ingredients:
- 1 butternut squash (or cheat and get the already cut up butternut squash at costco! It's the best!)
-1/4 cup roasted pepitas
-1 package crumbled feta
-1 apple of your choice (I loveee pink lady)
-Favorite Balsamic vinaigrette
-1 Roma Tomato
- Washed and dried arugula (or another leafy green you like but I love the flavor of arugula)

Directions:
1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. If you bought an entire butternut squash you'll want to cut and peel. If you bought precut, you're saving yourself some time! Make sure your squash is in bite sized cubes. Toss it with 1 tbs olive oil or other oil you have on hand. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray and add cubed squash. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top to your liking. Bake for 30-40 min or until squash is fork tender and golden on the outside. 
2) While your squash is baking you can start to prepare the rest of your salad. You'll need to dice your apple into smaller than bite sized cubes. I use about 1/2 of the apple. Dice your tomato. wash and dry your arugula. 
3) Once your squash is ready and cooled down to a warm temperature, assemble your salad. I like to add the arugula first, then the squash, then tomato, then apples, next pepitas, and finally feta. I let each person add dressing to their liking. 


I love pairing this salad with some grilled chicken and Hunter loves it with some warm crusty bread. It would also be really good with some yummy tomato soup! No matter what you pair it with, this salad is sure to please!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy 

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