Delicious Arugula Salad with Bacon and Butternut Squash

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Delicious Arugula Salad with Bacon and Butternut Squash
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30mins
Category:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on February 12, 2024

This arugula salad with bacon and butternut squash is a delicious and satisfying dish that combines the bold flavors of arugula, crispy bacon, and roasted butternut squash. The peppery arugula pairs perfectly with the smoky bacon and sweet butternut squash, creating a well-balanced and flavorful salad. It's perfect as a side dish or can be enjoyed as a light lunch or dinner. With just a few simple ingredients and easy preparation steps, this salad is quick to make and sure to impress!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Place the cubed butternut squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, then toss to coat evenly.
  3. Roast the butternut squash in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until tender and slightly caramelized. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the baby arugula, crumbled bacon, feta cheese, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  6. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss lightly to coat the ingredients evenly.
  7. Add the roasted butternut squash to the salad and gently toss to combine.
  8. Serve the arugula salad immediately and enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Arugula is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium and iron.
  • Butternut squash is a great source of dietary fiber and vitamin A.
  • The combination of sweet butternut squash, savory bacon, and tangy feta cheese creates a harmonious flavor profile.
  • This salad can be easily customized by adding ingredients like grilled chicken, avocado, or roasted beets.