Butternut Squash Salad with Feta Cheese and Caramelized Onions


This is a delicious warm salad that is perfect for any winter squash - butternut, acorn, pumpkin, etc. You could even use sweet potatoes.

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


  • 1 butternut squash, halved and seeded

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 red onions, sliced

  • 4 tablespoons pine nuts

  • 5 ounces crumbled feta cheese

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place butternut squash in a baking dish dish, cut-side down. Fill baking dish with 1/2 inch of water.

  2. Roast squash in the preheated oven until tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Add more water to the baking dish, if necessary, while roasting. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of water to release the caramelized bits from the bottom of the skillet, if necessary.

  4. Meanwhile, place pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat and toast, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

  5. Once butternut squash is cool enough to handle, remove skin and dice into 1-inch pieces.

  6. Combine squash, caramelized onions, toasted pine nuts, feta cheese, mint, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Toss salad to combine all ingredients, then transfer to a serving bowl or platter. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to serve, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

342 Calories
19g Fat
38g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 342
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 448mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 58mg 292%
Calcium 315mg 24%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 1057mg 22%

* 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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