Succulent Sausage Squash Salad


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
5 servings


  • 1 small butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 4 ounces ground breakfast sausage

  • 2 large apples, diced into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground sage

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ cup maple syrup


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

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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 (per serving)

254 Calories
7g Fat
50g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 254
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 626mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 46mg 232%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 848mg 18%

* 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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