Roasted Butternut Squash Brown Rice Holiday Salad
This vibrant Roasted Butternut Squash Brown Rice Holiday Salad is full of flavor and texture with fresh pear, chewy dried cranberries, sweet caramelized roasted butternut squash, hearty brown rice and a sweet-tangy apple cider vinaigrette!
Well, friends… Christmas is just over a week away. I know. There’s still so much to be done. At least for me, there is.
One thing that is settled is the menu. It’s all about the food anyway… am I right?!?! And holiday meals are usually a bit over-the-top when it comes to rich, decadent foods. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for that. However, it’s also great to have a little balance. There’s no time for a tummy ache when there are gifts to be unwrapped. So perhaps it might be nice to have a lighter menu option somewhere between the cookies and pie.
That’s where this Roasted Butternut Squash Brown Rice Holiday Salad comes in. I just love all of the colors, contrasting textures, sweet and savory flavors… this salad has it all! Aside from the deliciousness, one of the other pluses to this salad recipe is how darn easy it is to throw together. Tune into the video below the recipe instructions and see for yourself!
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I have a little secret… between the two of us, Brad and I gobbled this whole salad up in one day. It’s just so good, we couldn’t stay out of it! I hope you guys love this dish as much as we did. It’s:
& So delicious
This salad is so simple and tasty, perfect for holiday gatherings or even as a wholesome, filling take-along lunch for work or school since it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. In fact, it’s best when served warm or room temperature.
I suspect you’ll love the mix of textures and flavors here, especially the mix of savory and sweet. Enjoy!
Roasted Butternut Squash Brown Rice Holiday Salad
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 5 cups butternut squash, about 1 medium squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes*
- 1 large pear, cut into ½-inch pieces
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
- 2 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach, or other favorite green
- 1 bag Success® Whole Grain Brown Rice, 2 cups, prepared
- fresh parsley, for garnish, if desired
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place butternut squash on a rimmed baking sheet, spray with cooking spray and sprinkle on a dash of salt. Roast for about 30 minutes, and until tender.
- Meanwhile, prepare all other ingredients. Cook brown Success® Rice according to package instructions and in a large bowl, combine pear, cranberries, onion and spinach.
- Once squash and rice has cooked, transfer both to large bowl with other ingredients and stir so that spinach wilts slightly from the heat of the squash and rice.
- Prepare dressing by vigorously whisking all ingredients.
- Pour dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine. Salad can be served warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
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Wow truly the best recipe i have ever found! Looks and tastes incredibly delicious. Each ingredient complements the next, perfect the way it is don’t need to change or add anything!
So happy you enjoyed!
Made this yummy salad today…Had to improvise some. Use 2 tsp. brown sugar in place of maple syrup 9dissolved it in the vinegar. Replaced some items: used regular long grain rice, white onion, an apple, raisins and some chopped toasted walnuts…..SO YUMMY. I can see how two people might finish this as a main dish salsd!!!! Thank you.
So happy you enjoyed! Thanks for your feedback!
What gorgeous colors and a great combination of flavors! Really looking forward to giving this a try!
I love how quick and easy this is. Plus those bright colors are beautiful!
OH my! This looks so delicous. I’d take this for a lunch & dinner! YUM
This looks delicious! Pinned, because it will be on my menu this Christmas break. Your photos are gorgeous, btw 🙂
Thanks so much, Molly! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
We are always looking for a quick healthy dish, especially this time of the year! Thanks for sharing!
I will take one of these for lunch!
Tell me about it, so much needs to be done and only 11 days to go for Christmas! Quick and easy meals are a lifesaver and bonus points if it is healthy! Thanks for sharing this recipe Kim