Chili-Lime Roasted Butternut Salad

by Erin

Get out your grocery list because you need to make this tonight. Yes, I am ordering you to make a salad which is strangely out of character. As you may have noticed I do not eat many salads, but this is the best salad I’ve ever had. EVER. To the point where I would pick this salad over pizza. This is monumental, folks and I am already putting butternut squash back on my grocery list to make this again.

The recipe says it should serve 4, but two servings disappeared before I knew what happened. I never know roasted butternut squash could be so magical! Even the dressing was just a bonus and almost wasn’t even necessary. Seriously, why are you still reading this? Go and let your taste buds rejoice!

Chili-Lime Roasted butternut Salad


Serves 4


1 (2 lb.) butternut squash, peeled, halved, seeded, and cut crosswise into ½-inch slices

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 tsp chili powder

Salt and pepper

3 Tbsp lime juice (from 2 limes)

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

3/4 tsp honey

2 hearts romaine lettuce, leaves separated, larger leaves torn

1/4 cup toasted pepitas

3/4 cup (3 oz.) crumbled Cotija cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss squash with 1 tablespoon oil and arrange in a single layer. Sprinkle with chili powder and season with salt and pepper. Bake until soft and lightly golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Whisk together lime juice, cilantro, honey, and remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange romaine on a platter, then top with squash, pepitas, and Cotija. Drizzle with dressing and serve.

Source: Everyday Food, December 2012


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Natalie January 22, 2013 - 9:29 pm

This sounds incredible, chili lime yum yum!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 22, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Sold! Making this, this week! I love butternut squash and I have one staring at me, telling me to become one of your creations!!

Steph January 22, 2013 - 11:37 am

I can’t even imagine the pop of flavor that this squash has!

natalie@thesweetslife January 22, 2013 - 11:23 am

I remember seeing this in EveryDay Food!!! Glad to know it was a winner! Love squash on salads!

Tracey January 22, 2013 - 9:16 am

Butternut squash is the best! I am so intrigued by this salad, especially given your amazing review. Putting it on my lunch menu for next week!

spiffycookie January 22, 2013 - 9:31 am

I’ve never craved salad, until I met this one

overtimecook January 22, 2013 - 6:49 am

I’ve gotten really into putting roasted vegetables into salad lately- definitely have to try butternut squash! Love the looks of this salad!


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