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Roasted Squash Salad

with Crispy Bacon and Maple Vinaigrette


Servings 4
Active Time:
~10 min
Total Time:
~24 min

About this Recipe

This is the kind of recipe that makes your friends who “don’t like salad” ask for seconds. Butternut squash is roasted until caramelized before it’s tossed with a maple dressing, leafy greens, and a few toppings for added texture and flavor. Crispy bacon bits, toasted pecans, and dried cranberries lend a balance of tart and savory flavors to this seasonal dish. Brava Chef Annie offers two tips to make this salad a truly stand-out dish. One: let the roasted butternut squash cool slightly before assembling the salad. Two: toss salad greens and maple dressing with only half of the butternut squash, bacon, pecans, and cranberries, then top with the remaining ingredients to prevent all of those tasty fixings from falling to the bottom of the serving bowl.


Roast the butternut squash

  • In medium bowl, toss butternut squash,1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Evenly spread butternut squash in Zones 1 and 2 of Brava metal tray.
  • Slide metal tray into top shelf.
  • Select “Roasted Squash Salad” on your touchscreen and follow instructions.


Prepare the dressing

  • While the butternut squash is roasting, prepare the maple vinaigrette.
  • In medium mixing bowl, whisk maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, and pinch of salt. Add shallots if using and let sit for 5 minutes. Slowly whisk in ⅓ cup of extra virgin olive oil until evenly combined and set aside.


Assemble salad and serve

  • When the butternut squash is done roasting let cool for several minutes.
  • Right before serving, assemble the salad.
  • In large serving bowl, toss greens with prepared maple vinaigrette, half of the butternut squash, half of the crispy bacon bits, half of the toasted pecans, and half of the dried cranberries to evenly coat in dressing.
  • Top salad with remaining butternut squash, crispy bacon bits, toasted pecans, and dried cranberries, and serve.