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salad with butternut squash and sliced pear served on a blue plate with a fork

Winter Salad with Toasted Pecan Vinaigrette

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This winter salad is full of roasted butternut squash, thinly sliced pear, feta cheese and dried cherries, all tossed with greens in an irresistible toasted pecan vinaigrette. An easy and beautiful salad that’s perfect for the winter and fall months.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pear salad, roasted butternut squash salad, winter salad
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 6 side servings
Calories 323
Author Kim


For the salad

  • 3 cups coarsely chopped butternut squash cubes
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 small ripe Bartlett pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 (4 ounce) container crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries or cranberries

For the vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss squash with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil or spray with cooking spray. Place squash in a single layer on a baking sheet pan. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and roast 20 minutes or until squash is just tender and begins to brown. Remove from oven, and cool 10 minutes.
  • Toss together squash, greens and next three ingredients in a large salad serving bowl or platter.
  • To make the vinaigrette, whisk together balsamic vinegar, sugar, shallots, mustard and salt & pepper. Add oil in slowly and whisk until smooth. Stir in toasted pecans.
  • Serve salad with vinaigrette.


* Nutritional information is only an estimate and can vary greatly, depending on how much vinaigrette is used. It is calculated for 6 servings, using all of the salad and vinaigrette.
Photos by Danielle from Our Salty Kitchen.


Serving: 6servings | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 7895IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg