Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad

So the other day were doing our usual spend entire paycheck grocery shopping at Whole Foods and it was right before lunch and I was STARVING. I walked by the deli to see what they had, perused the salad bar, checked out what soups were on etc. And I spied this salad in the case. Butternut squash and pomegranate salad. The lady working there asked if I wanted a sample. Well duh, of COURSE I do. I love samples

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After I had the sample and thought it was really really good I looked at the ingredients and realized I had all the ingredients at home. So while the deli lady wasn’t looking I oh so not so slyly snapped a pic of it so I could get all the ingredients to try to figure it out. Whatever would we do without camera phones? Probably what we did before we had them, which I can’t remember what that is. or was. Whatever. This salad was good and I wanted to go home and try to recreate it

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I love butternut squash, especially roasted. I adore arugula, I freak out over pomegranate. My kids even love pomegranates now too. A friend of mine showed me THIS the other day via Instagram and I must have one. De-seeding a pomegranate in 60 seconds? Without the bloody pomegranate death that occurs when you try to deseed one by hand, even under water its still messy. Jen said she thought this was well worth the $3 she spent. Or something like that.

Back to the salad

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Extreme close up of the butternut squash and pomegranate salad goodness. The feta was really good but I think goat cheese would work well too. I made up the dressing since the ingredients were listed but not amounts and I thought it needed something more than just olive oil lemon and orange juices. So I added a wee bit of white wine vinegar and some pomegranate juice. So glad I did

Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad
Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad
  • For the Salad
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cubed and roasted
  • 3 cups fresh arugula
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • ⅔ c chopped walnuts
  • ½ c crumbled feta (or goat cheese)
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • For the Vinaigrette
  • ⅔-3/4 c Olive oil
  • Zest and juice of one large orange
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate juice
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  1. For the salad:
  2. Combine all in a large bowl, tossing well to mix and make sure that all the pomegranate seeds and walnuts don’t settle to the bottom
  3. For the vinaigrette:
  4. Combine all in a blender and mix until well emulsified. Drizzle over salad.
The dressing makes quite a bit so the salad can easily be doubled to accommodate the extra dressing or it would even make a good marinade for chicken or fish. If you don't buy pre-roasted squash you can easily roast one. Preheat oven to 400 deg f. Peel and chop a medium squash in half, scoop out seeds. Chop into 1" pieces and place on a roasting pan, drizzle with olive or grape seed oil. Coconut oil also works really well. Roast for 30-40 min until starting to turn golden, stirring often. Let cool before adding to salad


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Get in my belly. Is that term way over used or out of style now? I never know these things, I am pretty much out of the loop, except I do know one thing, this salad is damn good. This salad is being featured over on the blog Food Done Light for her Thursday Treasures.  Head on over there and check out all the other delicious recipes that are featured as well and let them know I sent you!

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  1. Looks delish! Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Your salad sounds awesome! I’ve never had a salad with squash before but wow, looks yummy!

  3. Gorgeous salad. I saw it when I was going through my Tribbr posts. Would love for you to share on Thursdays Treasures http://fooddonelight.com/thursdays-treasures-week-62/
    Following you on facebook and google plus so I don’t miss another fab recipe.

  4. First of all, friend, those pictures are STUNNING! Wow!
    This salad is calling my name and is the perfect thing for the holidays. I can’t wait to try it!

    • Thank you! You have no idea how much that means to me coming from you! I admire you and your work so much!!! Let me know if you try it, I want to make it again!

  5. I love the addition on rosemary here! We made something similar for Christmas Day lunch last year, but without the rosemary and pine nuts instead of walnuts. Beautiful photos!

  6. I’m so glad we connected on Twitter this morning – I love your blog!! You cook my kind of food :)

    This salad looks amazing, I really wish I had it for lunch today. I love every single thing in it.

    • Thank you! I discovered your blog a long time ago from facebook. I made a blackened fish salad of yours that has been a house favorite, many of your recipes are. Love healthy food!

  7. This look awesome! I didn’t like butternut squash until I made it for a post this week so I’m ready to try this now! And I bet the dressing would be great on any salad.

  8. This looks delicious! I think I have all the ingredients in my fridge right now! But I can’t eat feta/goat cheese until I’m done with my pregnancy…which is driving me crazy because I LOVE soft cheeses! Will definitely prepare this once the baby is born! Love your blog! Will definitely start following you! Glad I found you on #SITSSharefest!

  9. You made me a hero with this salad!! Thank you!! My DH and I were invited to fill in for a couple that couldn’t make it to their quarterly gourmet supper club, and we were asked to bring the salad…each couple brings one course..the host prepares the main dish. These are all experienced cooks and 1 chef, so the pressure was on. I brought this salad and it was beyond delicious…and such a feast for the eyes! It’s light, yet substantial and full of flavor…it tastes even better than it looks, if that’s possible. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! A definite keeper and I can’t wait to have it again!

  10. Oh my goodness – this is a perfect winter salad – I MUST try!

    • Its so good! Salads are usually a “summer” food since they are nice and light for those hot days, but I love salads year round. They balance out the rest of the sinful holiday treats I love to eat!

  11. Very tasty recipe. I can`wait to try it!


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