Summer evenings call for healthy salad dinners and this Roasted Butternut Squash and Chorizo Salad is one I’ve been loving the recently. The sweetness of the cinnamon roasted butternut squash with the spicy chorizo makes a delicious combination. Looks pretty tasty doesn’t it? Check out the easy recipe below!
Roasted Butternut Squash and Chorizo Salad
1 medium sized butternut squash (or pumpkin will work perfectly too)
Salt & Pepper
Chorizo (I used a pre-diced pack but you can also just dice it up yourself)
1 medium sized zucchini
2-3 handfuls baby spinach leaves
A few pecorino shavings to garnish (optional)
Balsamic Vinegar (or vinaigrette if you prefer this)
Pre heat oven to 190C. Prepare your squash by chopping it into big chunks – with your without skin, depending on preference. Place them on a baking tray and drizzle over just enough olive oil to coat the squash, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with some ground cinnamon. Give it a good hustle and pop it in the hot oven for about 20-25 min until the squash is nicely roasted (and soft).
While the squash is roasting in the oven, heat up your grill or frying pan over a medium heat and fry the diced (or sliced) chorizo for a couple of minutes on each side. You don’t need to add any oil because of the fat in the sausage already. When done, drain on kitchen paper to remove any excess oil. While the pan is still hot also grill/fry some sliced zucchini until cooked, they don’t need long as you don’t want them too soft.
When the roasted squash is ready place it in a large bowl, add the chorizo, zucchini, fresh baby spinach leaves and gently mix them all together. Top with a few shavings of pecorino (optional) & drizzle over some balsamic vinegar.
This salad is a great light meal on its own but also would be perfect as part of a BBQ. It’s got that lovely mix of sweet, spicy and fresh and so easy to prepare. Do you like the look of this Roasted Butternut Squash and Chorizo Salad? Let me know what you think if you end up making it!