The sweet-salty combination of the roasted butternut squash, dried cherries and gorgonzola cheese along with the slight crunch of the pumpkin seeds topped with a honey dijon vinaigrette will have you savoring every bite of this spinach salad!
Yield: 4 servings

Baby Spinach Salad with Honey Roasted Butternut Squash, Pumpkin Seeds, Gorgonzola and Dried Cherries

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
The sweet-salty combination of the roasted butternut squash, dried cherries and gorgonzola cheese along with the slight crunch of the pumpkin seeds topped with a honey dijon vinaigrette will have you savoring every bite of this spinach salad!  

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs butternut squash (peeled and diced 3/4-inch)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the vinaigrette:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp minced shallots
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • salt and fresh black pepper

For the salad:

  • 5 oz baby spinach (washed and spun dry)
  • 1/4 cup raw (hulled pumpkin seeds)
  • 3 tbsp dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat crumbled gorgonzola

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • In a large bowl, toss the butternut squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon honey, salt and fresh ground pepper.
  • Place on a baking sheet and roast in the center of the oven for 20 - 25 minutes, turning half way, or until tender.
  • When done, remove from the oven and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, combine the vinegar, shallots, remaining honey, mustard and whisk in oil, pinch of salt black pepper.
  • Divide the spinach on 4 plates and top each salad with the roasted butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, and the crumbled gorgonzola cheese.
  • Drizzle the dressing over each salad and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4th of salad, Calories: 241.5kcal, Carbohydrates: 26.5g, Protein: 7.5g, Fat: 13.5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 160mg, Fiber: 5.5g, Sugar: 8.5g
Blue Smart Points: 9
Green Smart Points: 9
Purple Smart Points: 9
Points +: 7