With fresh nutty squash, tart apple, and savory sausage, this brunch salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser when paired with the piquant balsamic maple reduction and a glass of cold milk.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Place butternut squash into a large bowl; toss with olive oil and salt until thoroughly coated. Spread squash in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.

  • Roast in preheated oven until tender, about 30 minutes.

  • Cook sausage over high heat in a skillet until well-browned, about 7 minutes. Crumble cooked sausage into large serving bowl.

  • Cook apple, thyme, sage, and nutmeg over high heat in the hot skillet with the sausage grease. Stir to thoroughly brown all sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and add to bowl with crumbled sausage.

  • Combine balsamic vinegar and maple syrup in a small saucepan. Place over high heat. When mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until it begins to thicken and smells strongly acidic, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Combine roasted squash with the apple and sausage. Mix thoroughly.

  • To serve, spoon salad into individual dishes and drizzle with balsamic maple reduction. Serve with a glass of ice cold milk.

Cook's Notes:

Pair with a glass of chilled, organic whole milk.

Squash roasting time may vary depending upon the oven used and size of the dice. Alternate herbs may be substituted to accommodate individual tastes.

Nutrition Facts

254 calories; protein 6.2g 12% DV; carbohydrates 49.8g 16% DV; fat 7.3g 11% DV; cholesterol 16mg 5% DV; sodium 625.6mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2018
This was absolutely delicious and I can t wait to make it again. I was looking for a recipe to use up some apples on the counter and butternut squash in my freezer. I didn t have sausage on hand but did have bacon which was a wonderful swap. I also substituted the syrup with honey because it was all I had on hand. This recipe is very forgiving and versatile. You could add cranberries for a Christmas side or add in other types of squash. Acorn squash would be delicious with this glaze and some chopped apples! This recipe is a wonderful base for all things fall. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2018
Excellent! Served hot. The apples took longer to cook down they were very firm but it was easy to time each element of this dish so it came out hot. The family loved it. Very sweet. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2018
This was absolutely delicious and I can t wait to make it again. I was looking for a recipe to use up some apples on the counter and butternut squash in my freezer. I didn t have sausage on hand but did have bacon which was a wonderful swap. I also substituted the syrup with honey because it was all I had on hand. This recipe is very forgiving and versatile. You could add cranberries for a Christmas side or add in other types of squash. Acorn squash would be delicious with this glaze and some chopped apples! This recipe is a wonderful base for all things fall. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2017
I turned it into a casserole. I followed recipe but cooked squash and apples in casserole dish for 45 minutes (at 350) then mashed it up added sausage and warmed for another 10-15 minutes. It s great because I needed a gluten and dairy free casserole for a brunch. Hopefully everyone likes it - my hubby said he loves it! Very fall. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2017
Made it! Really good. Great without the sauce delicious with it. For lower glycemic days I would omit the sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2016
Amazing! The flavors are so well combined and the texture is so right. The milk just works perfectly. Thank you for sharing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2016
Such a simple recipe and Oh so good! This is both savory and sweet with the flavors of Fall running through it. The sweetness of the apple the creamy savory butternut squash with just enough sausage blended in it's a hit! It pairs perfectly with an ice cold glass of milk. Just delicious. Read More
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