Arugula salad with Roasted butternut squash and caramelized apple vinaigrette

Arugula and Roasted butternut squash salad by Bake Bellissima


Whenever I make roasted butternut squash for dinner, I use the leftovers to prepare a delicious arugula salad with caramelized apple vinaigrette the next day for lunch.  This is a lovely fall salad, colourful and filling. But the dressing, adapted from a Food 52 recipe, is the star of this dish. I have to stop myself from eating it with a spoon, it is so delicious. The process takes a bit of love, you have to caramelize a diced apple on the stove for a few minutes, but the results are worth it, take my word for it. The apple is sweetened with a bit of sugar and the thyme adds depth of flavor. This salad is a regular in our house as well as the amazing vinaigrette.


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Arugula with Roasted butternut squash and caramelized apple vinaigrette
  • 3 cups roasted butternut squash (see recipe here)
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 4 ounces baby arugula, washed and spun dry
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup pecans,toasted
  • Caramelized Apple Vinaigrette
  • 2 ounces brown sugar
  • 3 ounces plus 1 ounce apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and medium diced
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 ounces olive oil
  • 2 ounces canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • Salt
  1. For the vinaigrette:
  2. Place 3 oz of the vinegar and the brown sugar in small saucepan over medium heat. Let it reduce for a few minutes. When you see that the color has turned a dark caramel and bubbles start to form, add the apples and garlic, and sauté until the apples are soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the apple reduction into a blender; add the remaining 1 oz vinegar, thyme, juice of ½ lemon and salt to taste. Process and then slowly add the oil, blending until emulsified.
  4. To prepare the salad, toss ingredients with vinaigrette right before serving.


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  1. Micha3ygirl says

    Wow. Wow wow wow!! This salad is to die for!!! I love arugula more than any green…and your squash recipe is so simple and delicious!! A real twist on the usual. and the dressing really just takes it to the next level…love this!!!

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