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Roasted Butternut Squash Couscous Salad

This healthy salad highlights so many delicious fall ingredients it’s like eating the season in a bowl. My roasted butternut squash couscous salad with feta, arugula, and homemade dressing is your new autumn go to.

Roasted butternut squash couscous salad

There are so many delicious greens that come into season during the fall! Dark greens, salad greens, you name it, it’s a time of year that begs for delicious salads.

That’s especially true when you add on other seasonal vegetables like parsnip and butternut squash. My butternut squash salad highlights tender veggies, salty feta, and peppery arugula. It’s filling enough to be a meal all on it’s own or a fantastic side for a fall dinner.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It’s packed with nutrients, protein, and fiber from veggies, nuts, cheese, and couscous.
  • It’s hearty enough as a main course for 4, or as a side for more people.
  • It;s very easy to prepare, from roasting the veggies to making a quick dressing.

Ingredients

The ingredients I used to make this butternut squash arugula salad create a hearty, textured forkful with every bite. You’ll get a little bit of salty cheese, some crunch from walnuts, and tender roasted veggies.

  • Butternut squash – Other great options would be acorn squash, fresh cubed pumpkin (not puree), or honey nut squash.
  • Parsnips – They’re nutty, earthy, and a little sweet. Turnips can be a good swap if you need one.
  • Bell pepper – I used red, but orange or yellow would be great too.
  • Garlic cloves
  • Uncooked couscous – I used the finer, Moroccan style couscous for this salad.
  • Arugula – this peppery green is great this time of year! Try watercress or radicchio for similar flavors if you can’t find it.
  • Walnuts – any nut you like can stand in, pecans would be the most similar.
  • Feta cheese – Crumbly cheeses like goat cheese or queso fresco would be fine as well.
  • Salt, pepper, and oil
Ingredients of butternut squash arugula salad

In addition to these salad ingredients, I’m sharing a quick homemade dressing that’s made all in one jar. It’s creamy, a little tangy, and a little sweet, perfect for a butternut squash feta salad.

For it you’ll need to combine fresh orange juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, plain yogurt, maple syrup, salt, and black pepper.

Instructions

To make this roasted butternut squash salad first you’ll need an oven preheating to a hot 425°F, and a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Butternut squash, bell pepper, and parsnips in a baking sheet

Peel and cube the butternut squash and parsnips so they’re a similar size. That let’s them roast evenly. Also slice the bell pepper into strips and mince the garlic. Then you’ll toss all of that together with oil, salt, and pepper and spread it on to the baking sheet.

Roast it for 20 minutes, or until the squash and parsnips are fork tender.

Roasted butternut squash, bell pepper,and parsnips in a baking sheet

While that cooks, you can work on the couscous and dressing. Simply cook the couscous according to the instructions on the package.

For the dressing combine all the ingredients into a jar, then seal and shake it. Taste it and adjust the salt and pepper if you need to, then the dressing is done.

When everything is ready, toss the couscous, roasted veggies, feta, walnuts, and arugula in a large bowl. Drizzle on some of the dressing and toss it again until it’s evenly coated.

Storage and Prepping Ahead

Like most salads, once this is mixed together, it’s best eaten that same day. But with a few tips, it can become a great leftover meal or a lunch prep meal, much like my cajun chicken salad.

The couscous, vegetables, and dressing can be made ahead and kept in the fridge for 3 days. To make them for lunches or save leftovers, keep those separate from the arugula, feta, and walnuts.

Butternut squash couscous salad made with arugula, feta and homemade dressing

When it’s time to eat, just toss it together with dressing and you’re good to go.

I hope this butternut squash, arugula, and couscous salad turns into one of your fall favorites. It’s a celebration of those amazing seasonal vegetables without being heavy like so many cold weather meals are. This will taste great, make you feel great, and it looks pretty too. Don’t forget to check out my many other fall salads while you’re here.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Couscous Salad

This healthy salad made with roasted butternut squash, couscous, feta, arugula, and homemade dressing is your new fall go to!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 430kcal
Author: Jovita | Yummy Addiction

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 lb. (450 g) butternut squash , peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 3 small parsnips , peeled and cut into little chunks
  • 1 bell pepper , cut into strips
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt , to taste
  • black pepper , to taste
  • 2/3 cup (125 g) uncooked couscous
  • a big handful of arugula
  • ¼ cup walnuts , chopped
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons natural yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • salt , to taste
  • black pepper , to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). In a large bowl, toss together the butternut squash, parsnips, bell pepper, olive oil, garlic, salt and black pepper. Transfer the veggies on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, or until fork tender.
  • Meanwhile, cook the couscous according to the instructions on the package.
  • In a small jar with a lid, combine the orange juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, natural yogurt, and maple syrup. Cover and shake until mixed well. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Toss the roasted veggies, cooked couscous, arugula, walnuts, and feta together in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss again. Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 55.5g | Protein: 10.4g | Fat: 20.3g | Cholesterol: 18.2mg | Sodium: 340.5mg | Sugar: 11.2g
Course: lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: arugula salad, butternut squash salad, couscous salad
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Butternut Squash Couscous Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 430 Calories from Fat 183
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.3g31%
Cholesterol 18.2mg6%
Sodium 340.5mg15%
Carbohydrates 55.5g19%
Sugar 11.2g12%
Protein 10.4g21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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