With flavors and ingredients of fall and winter such as cinnamon, apples, sage, cranberries and pecans, this warm butternut squash salad is a go-to this holiday season! It's incredibly easy to make and has the best, warm apple cider vinaigrette that compliments the fall and winter flavors so well. This salad is so nutritious yet tasty.
Another thing we love about this salad? You can prep the veggies beforehand, toss them with the vinaigrette and place them in the fridge. When ready to use, just warm up the veggies, add the arugula and fresh parmesan and you're all set!
I feel like warm salads don’t quite get the credit they deserve. What makes a warm salad so good is that they include heartier ingredients such as grains, legumes, or substantial vegetables. When the dressing is cooked and dressed while the ingredients are hot, the flavors are much brighter, and they also can seep into the pores of the salad's components, making the flavors come together.
A warm salad is a perfect alternative when looking for an option that won’t weigh you down but still be able to fill you up while providing essential nourishment.
This salad will keep your taste buds reacting with every bite bouncing between the sweet-but-tangy flavors of the vinaigrette to the cheesy funk of the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, the peppery-freshness of the arugula, the sweetness of the cranberries and apples and earthy richness of the pecans and sage.
This recipe is great for the Holidays. Cheers and eat well!
With flavors and ingredients of fall and winter such as cinnamon, honey, cranberries and pecans, this warm butternut squash salad is a go-to this holiday season.
For the apple cider vinaigrette:
Notes: Ingredient amounts do not have to be exact, so if you have an amount close to what we list when cutting your fruit/vegetables/herbs, go with that.
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