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Wilted Spinach Salad with Butternut Squash

Make quick work of peeling butternut squash. First, prick it with a fork and give it 45 seconds in the microwave. Then, trim an inch from the base of the squash, making it stand up straight and tall while you run the peeler from top to bottom. —Margee Berry, White Salmon, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 cup cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dry red wine or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 5 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 4 slices red onion
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • Coarsely ground pepper, optional


  • In a small skillet, saute the squash, chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in 2 teaspoons oil until tender, 11-13 minutes. Set aside; keep warm.
  • In a small saucepan, bring vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 4-6 minutes or until reduced to 1/4 cup. Stir in the wine, cranberry sauce, remaining oil and remaining salt. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Place spinach on a serving platter; top with onion, cranberries and squash mixture. Drizzle with warm dressing. Sprinkle with almonds, goat cheese and, if desired, pepper. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 228 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 382mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • ReneeMurby
    Jan 1, 2019

    I loved everything about this salad. I plan to make it regularly. Colorful, healthy and delicious! Makes for a nice presentation for holidays too!

  • debbywhit63
    Dec 4, 2011

    Made this salad for Thanksgiving, everyone loved it! Not a leaf left on the plate

  • MMMMMJames
    Nov 26, 2011

    This is a grand-slam.Two thumbs up like Fonzi.