Shrimp and Balsamic Butternut Squash Salad

I love fresh shrimp and I love butternut squash. I cook the squash in the morning or even the day before.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
2 servings


  • 1 small butternut squash, halved and seeded

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 12 ounces deveined, shell-on shrimp

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, or to taste

  • 4 large green lettuce leaves, ripped

  • 2 roma (plum) tomatoes, halved and seeded

  • 1 small red onion, cut into matchstick-size pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Place butternut, cut-side up, on a baking sheet. Brush cut sides with about 1 tablespoon olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until flesh is tender when punctured with a fork, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let squash cool on baking sheet; remove peel and slice into 1/2-inch thick by 2-inch long pieces.

  4. Whisk vinegar, mustard, basil, garlic, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl. Slowly drizzle oil into vinegar mixture while constantly whisking until dressing is silky and emulsified.

  5. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil; cook shrimp until they are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain shrimp and sprinkle with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

  6. Divide lettuce between 2 serving plates; top with butternut squash, tomatoes, and onion. Generously brush dressing onto squash and tomatoes. Arrange shrimp evenly on both plates.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

986 Calories
65g Fat
75g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 986
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 65g 83%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 255mg 85%
Sodium 332mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 75g 27%
Dietary Fiber 13g 45%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 125mg 627%
Calcium 375mg 29%
Iron 10mg 53%
Potassium 2330mg 50%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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