Butternut Squash, Cherry and Hazelnut Salad is a delightful salad filled with a variety of textures and flavors. I like to roast butternut squash and add it to this salad along with dried cherries, chopped hazelnuts and crumbled goat cheese. Dress it with a simple vinaigrette made from sherry wine vinegar and you’ve got perfection! The acidity of the dressing pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of the butternut squash and dried cherries. Hazelnuts add a nice earthiness and the goat cheese is creamy and tart.
I enjoy the variety of hard squashes that become available in the fall
Fall is the time of year that I enjoy using the many different types of squashes available. Butternut squash is very versatile. I like to roast it for this salad, but it is also delicious simply mashed.
Butternut squash is probably my favorite, but I also like acorn, spaghetti, pumpkin and delicata squashes. Well, any squash for that matter! Since butternut squash has become so popular, you can now find it already diced in the supermarket. You’ll need to dice it a little smaller for this salad, but if you’re just roasting or boiling it you can use it as is.
I like to buy a butternut squash and use it for a couple of recipes. This time, I used some of it for this salad and some for my mashed butternut squash recipe.
Butternut Squash, Cherry and Hazelnut Salad makes eating your veggies easy!
Making interesting seasonal salads is a fun way to eat my veggies. This salad is so good, you’ll want to eat it a couple days in a row. As long as you don’t dress the whole salad, you can do that (of course you’ll need leftovers).
When our guests come over for dinner they look forward to the different types of salads that I make. Its nice to know that the extra effort to make a special salad does not go unnoticed.