Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette



It's gorgeous today! The sun is shining, the wind is minimal and I didn't even need a jacket when I went outside. I can't wait for my daughter to get home because as soon as she does, we're packing up and spending the rest of the day at the park. I love days like today!

And on a beautiful spring day, you need a beautiful green salad. I found this salad on Natalie's blog, The Sweets Life. This girl knows her stuff, especially when it comes to beautiful healthy food. As soon as I saw this salad, I knew I had to have it. In my mind, it's perfect for spring because it's got the summery crispness of the leafy lettuce or spinach, but also the winter nostalgia of creamy butternut squash and dried cranberries. Combine that with crispy bacon and an incredible homemade blue cheese vinaigrette, and you have yourself springtime on a plate! Thanks Natalie, I will be enjoying this salad a lot! Check out the recipe here.

23 comments:

doggybloggy said...

how fresh and tasty this looks - I love the squash "crouton" (it looks like that to me)

Natalie said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed it--thanks for the shoutout!

And whoa, your pictures are GORGEOUS!!!

Erica said...

It is a GORGEOUS day! Hope you have fun outside with the kiddos!! Natalie's blog rocks. And squash is such a fabulous addition to a salad.

Holly said...

This looks sooo yummy!! I just made roasted butternut squash the other night-totally in love with it!! Heading over to check out recipe:)

Pam said...

Beautiful salad and I am loving the vinaigrette!

Lara said...

What a fabulous looking salad!

Joanne said...

Now this is what I need in my life. I'm always up for a new butternut squash-infused salad!

Ann said...

Yum, Teresa, this salad looks healthy and so wonderful. I love the addition of the squash to this salad. Really good.

Mary said...

Teresa, this is a beautiful salad. The squash adds gorgeous color and your dressings sounds remarkably good. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Chow and Chatter said...

wow great salad its been nice here as well love days at the park and your pictures are first class by the way

Rebecca

Velva said...

That is a beautiful healthy looking salad. I would love it too.

Yeah! Its almost Spring. It takes a bitter Winter to appreciate the days of Spring. I hope you enjoyed the day at the park.

velva

Liz said...

They serve a dish like this at one of my favorite restaurants. This one looks great too!

MaryMoh said...

I love butternut squash. I always use in in curries. I have never tried it in salad. It looks very delicious. Hope you have a lovely day. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

girlichef said...

yum! I make a salad very similar (in flavor combo) to this and now I'm totally craving it...looks gorgeous!

Kim said...

I love all the flavors here Teresa. I can see how this salad would instantly become a real favorite.

Glad to hear that you are having nice weather. It certainly helps when the kids can get outside after being in all winter.

Reeni said...

When I first set eyes on this I was thinking winter meets spring! Looks positively delicious - the flavors are irresistible.

theUngourmet said...

Hey can you send a little spring my way? ;) Terrific salad! I don't think I've tried butternut squash this way. Nice!

Holly said...

This looks so delicious! And your pics are so gorgeous! Im new to your blog! Love it!

Brownieville Girl said...

That looks brim full of flavour - nice one!!

Diana's Cocina said...

What a gorgeous salad ~ That vinaigrette is calling me.

Barbara said...

I've made something similar via Ina Garten. But this vinaigrette is different and she doesn't use bacon. This looks wonderful, Teresa.

20 something said...

I just ate a butternut squash salad! I love making salads, but find them very hard to make presentable enough to photograph. This one is beautiful.

Little Gabriel said...

This looks delicious. The idea of squash on the lettuce wish the sour pop of the vinaigrette. Looks delicious and beautiful.