After the holiday feast, I was craving something light and healthy. I am obsessed with Trader Joe’s Fall Harvest Salad with fresh butternut squash and cranberries so much so that I decided to make my own version.Butternut Squash and Lentil Salad

This light and healthy Butternut Squash & Lentil Salad is super easy to make and filled with nutrient rich foods. Kale is loaded with antioxidants, lentils are filled with fiber, and butternut squash is full of Vitamin A (great for healthy skin!).

Butternut Squash and Lentil SaladButternut Squash and Lentil Salad

This recipe makes about 5 servings so I had tons of leftovers for meal prep.

Butternut Squash and Lentil Salad
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. Kale
  2. 1-2 Pears
  3. 1 Butternut Squash
  4. Pomegranate Seeds
  5. Goat Cheese
  6. Lentils (I prefer Trader Joe’s pre-packaged lentils)
  7. Crushed Pecans
  8. 1/2 Red Onion
  9. Parsley (optional)
  10. Red Wine & Olive Oil Vinaigrette
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375, wash the butternut squash, slice in half, remove seeds & strings, and place cut side up with a dash of salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Roast the squash for 40-45 minutes.
  3. While the squash is roasting, chop 1/2 a red onion, about 1/4 cup of parsley, and a pear.
  4. Sautee the red onion, lentils and kale in a pan for about 5 minutes (I prefer to cook my Kale a bit since I don’t like it raw – it’s a little too fibrous for my stomach when consumed raw for me)
  5. Once the squash is done roasting, cut the skin off and dice into cubes.
  6. Place the kale, onion, lentils, and diced squash in a bowl. Mix with the pomegranate seeds, goat cheese, pears, parsley, and crushed pecans.
  7. Drizzle the Red Wine + Olive Oil dressing over the salad (I use the Trader Joe’s version)
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Butternut Squash and Lentil Salad recipe

20 comments on “Butternut Squash & Lentil Salad”

  1. Love all of these ingredients! I’m probably making a seasonal salad for Christmas Eve, and I’m thinking maybe spinach, mixed greens, goat cheese, pecans or walnuts, apple, & dried cherries or cranberries… sounds like a holiday-ish winner, I hope!

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