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Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Full of fall flavors, this Roasted Butternut Squash Salad features the natural sweetness of winter squash, earthy kale, nutty chickpeas, and honey apple vinaigrette to tie it all together.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 259kcal


Honey Apple Vinaigrette Dressing:


  • 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash peeled, de-seeded, and cubed into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 medium-large squash; about 5 cups cubed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup pearl couscous
  • 1 medium sweet onion diced
  • 5 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 15.5 ounce can chickpeas rinsed and drained


  • Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 425F. Toss together the cubed squash, olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and black pepper on the baking sheet and then spread the squash out in a single layer. Roast the squash until tender and golden in places, about 20 to 30 minutes, tossing the squash once halfway through. Cool.
  • Meanwhile, bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan, then add the pearl couscous and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring back up to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer; cover the pot and cook until the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  • Add the butternut squash, pearl couscous, onion, kale, chickpeas, and salad dressing to a large bowl and gently toss to combine.
  • Serve.



  • How to Store Butternut Squash: Store roasted butternut squash salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Vegan Version: To make this vegan, use maple syrup instead of honey in the dressing.
  • Serving Suggestion: Top this salad with fresh pomegranate arils to make it colorful and festive.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 548mg | Potassium: 645mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 13233IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 2mg