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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad w/ Cranberries & Pecans

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups butternut squash, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 5 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • Sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups spinach or arugula leaves
  •  ½ cup dried cranberries

Recipe

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl combine squash cubes, 1 tablespoon olive oil and sea salt to taste, mixing thoroughly to coat squash with oil. Transfer squash to a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes, until soft.  Remove from oven and let cool.

2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once bubbling, stir in brown sugar, followed by pecans. Sauté pecans, stirring frequently, until coated with mixture, 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.   

3. Whisk vinegar, honey, remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Assemble salad: Combine arugula, squash, pecans and cranberries in a large bowl, drizzle dressing over and gently toss.

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