Butternut Squash and Bacon Salad with Maple-Rosemary Vinaigrette


What? The first butternut squash recipe I’ve ever shared? Not sure what took so long but it’s about time! We all know I’m crazy about salads as of late so I decided to try a butternut squash salad, something I haven’t ever tried before. Really I don’t cook that much butternut squash but I’m starting to like it more. And the best way to turn a somewhat boring something into something amazing? Add bacon. You just can’t go wrong with bacon and it’s absolutely perfect in this salad. It gives it that salty, crispy, melt-in-your mouth bite and it pairs perfectly with the squash, feta/goat cheese and walnuts. And of course it goes perfectly with that maple-rosemary vinaigrette. Have you ever had maple bacon? It’s amazing!

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This is a versatile recipe, you can switch up the greens or add more greens to stretch the salad a little more, you can add some roasted chicken to make it more of a main dish, and you can use feta or goat cheese. I used feta this time around but next time I want to try it with goat cheese because I love goat cheese too. And for some reason it seems like a good cheese for fall. I’d even like to try this salad with sweet potatoes sometime.

Bring those delicious fall flavors to your dinner table this week by making this incredibly tasty salad! It’s full of flavor and it will leave you wanting more! My husband who has always turned away butternut squash loved this salad!

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Butternut Squash and Bacon Salad with Maple-Rosemary Vinaigrette

5 from 5 votes

A must try fall salad! Baby kale and spinach are layered with tender roasted squash, salty crips bacon and tangy feta then it's finished with a bright, slightly sweet maple vinaigrette.

Servings: 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 12 oz . peeled and cubed butternut squash (I just bought pre-cut. Cubes should be about 3/4-inch. About 4 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 slices bacon , cooked and crumbled (6 oz)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts , toasted
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion (rinse under water to remove harsh bite. About 1/3 of a medium)
  • 3 oz feta or goat cheese , crumbled
  • 5 oz baby kale and spinach blend or arugula and spinach blend
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries


  • 3 Tbsp real maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 2 1/2 tsp minced fresh rosemary or 3/4 tsp dried , crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. For the vinaigrette:
  2. In a small saucepan whisk together maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, mustard, garlic and rosemary. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then allow to boil, stirring frequently, 2 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in olive oil and season with salt and pepper (about a scant 1/4 tsp of each).
  3. For the salad:
  4. Spray a rimmed baking sheet lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Place squash in a mound on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with thyme and season lightly with salt and pepper then toss to evenly coat. Spread into an even layer and roast in preheated oven 15 - 20 minutes, tossing once after 10 minutes, until tender.
  5. To a salad bowl add lettuce blend, squash, bacon, walnuts, red onion, feta and cranberries. Gently toss salad. Whisk dressing then drizzle over salad and lightly toss. Serve immediately after adding vinaigrette.
  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Butternut Squash Salad
Author: Jaclyn


  • Paula: I had this at Pepperoni Grill & searched for the vinaigrette recipe & found your recipe. Can’t wait to make it! December 5, 2018 at 4:18pm Reply

  • Caity: Made this for a party tonight and it wS a huge hit!! I used half of the rosemary and used both feta and goat cheese. Stuck with spinach only. Thank you for this lovely recipe! December 3, 2017 at 10:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! Thanks for the review! December 4, 2017 at 11:50am Reply

  • Lori: Every time I serve this salad I am asked for the recipe. It is DELICIOUS!! November 23, 2017 at 6:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you love it Lori! November 27, 2017 at 12:27pm Reply

  • Karli: For anyone who is wondering I have made this both hot and served it right away as well as made it in advance. When I have made it in advance I have cooked up the butternut squash and the bacon and refrigerated those ingredients. Then I sliced the onion and toasted the pecans and added them all together with the other ingredients and tossed it in the dressing right before serving. Both hot and cold it’s delicious. October 16, 2017 at 10:17am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Karli! October 16, 2017 at 3:59pm Reply

  • Natalie Pearson: Did you ever answer the oven temp question?pretty hard to make this without that info. I’m disappointed because I was planning to make it for supper. October 28, 2016 at 4:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry!! It’s 400 not sure how I missed that. October 29, 2016 at 12:47am Reply

      • Natalie: I guessed 400 and made it last night–it was super delicious! Thanks October 29, 2016 at 7:21am Reply

  • Julie: Can this be served cold? I want to make everything ahead and assemble at the last minute. October 13, 2016 at 8:14am Reply

    • Kylie: Wondering the same thing as well. December 23, 2016 at 1:35pm Reply

    • Lex: I am as well. Has anyone attempted to make-ahead?? December 24, 2016 at 9:08am Reply

  • Becki Smythe: I’m definitely adding this to my meal plan. Looks delish! September 20, 2016 at 3:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Becki! September 27, 2016 at 2:43pm Reply

  • Kristin H: I really liked this salad. It had a good combination of flavors and textures. I especially loved the butternut squash and bacon. The only thing I didn’t include was the red onion. Delicious salad! A perfect Fall salad. September 5, 2016 at 6:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Kristin! September 7, 2016 at 10:16am Reply

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