This vegan roast butternut squash salad topped with crunchy dukkah is full of colour, flavour and texture. Ideal as a light meal, or a side dish.
I am a huge fan of butternut squash. Cheap, readily available, long lasting, delicious and adaptable makes it the perfect Fuss Free vegetable for my kitchen.
I use butternut raw – finely grated in salads, along with potato in rosti, in smoothies and soups, roasted or stuffed.
This pretty salad is perfect on a warmer summers evening with a glass of wine, or for lunch on a day when the sun isn’t shining. Crunchy green kale, sautéed mushrooms, sweetly roasted squash topped with a sprinkle of dukkah make for an interesting bowl. There really isn’t the need to measure anything, use what quantities you have available.
I’ve been using dukkah (duqqa or daqqa) for some years. Originating from Eygpt it is a flavour filled mix of crunchy almonds, hazelnuts, cumin, coriander, sesame and spices, of course the ingredients will vary according to where it is made, or who you ask. Zaatar and ground chickpeas can be added to the mix too. Once you find a blend that you like, I guarantee that you will find it very useful as a rub, sprinkle or topping. Ideal accompanied by a chunk of my slow cooker cornbread – the best way to bake when it is too hot to turn the oven on!
I’ve got a handy full tutorial on how to roast butternut squash to make making this recipe easy.
Roast butternut squash salad with dukkah
- 1 medium butternut squash – peeled deseeded and cut into 1" cubes
- 2 good glugs olive oil
- handful mushrooms – sliced
- 4 spring onions – shredded
- 1 medium bag curly kale – thick stalks removed
- 2 tbs dukkah
- Pinch chilli flake
- Pre heat the oven to GM4 / 180C. Pour some oil into a roasting tin add the prepared butternut squash, season well with salt and pepper, give a good shake to coat and pop into the oven to roast for about 40 - 45 minutes
- When the butternut squash is cooked remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Fry the mushrooms in a little more of the olive oil until soft, then add the spring onions and cook for another minute.
- Lightly cook the kale – I usually steam it in the microwave for a minute.
- Assemble the salad but layering the kale, then the mushrooms and topping with the roasted butternut squash. Sprinkle with the dukkah and some chilli flake
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
This sounds lovely. I really enjoy butternut squash in a salad, as it adds a nice sweetness to it.
Absolutely. I bowl of roasted BNS is a very useful thing to keep in the fridge – or freezer for smoothies.
That looks delicious, even to a stereotype-bucking non salad lover!
I think there is a salad for everyone out there, you just need to find the one that suits you.
Lovely recipe Helen, i’ve got a BNS waiting for me to get home from work and I fully intend to roast it up in cubes for a salad tonight tossed in Gran Luchito oil roasted and served with feta cheese in a salad…. yummity yum!!!! I also adore Dukkah… at it’s most simplest with hunks of bread dipped in oil and then dukkah… divine with wine :-)
Oh roasted BNS and Gran Luchito – magical
Jeanne @ Cooksister
Mmmm,… butternut. Nick produced something rideiculous like 40kg of the things on the the allotment last year! I love roasting them and using in salad – and love the idea of adding dukkah – thanks :)
Well if you ever have spare BNS Jeanne I’ll gladly have some!
Fish Fingers for tea
Butternut squash is a constant in my kitchen, I usually roast it (delicious!) but have never eaten it raw. I really must try!
I usually grate it when eating it raw. It is rather delicious.
I have not tried butternut raw, must do so. I also love to roast it and Dukkah from Olives et Al is great stuff. So many of my fave ingredients here.
I love roasted BNS; but having it raw is really delicious, you should give it a go.
Mollie at Yumbles
This sounds so tasty. Dukkah is amazing so can’t wait to have a go at this!
The mixture of flavours really makes for a tasty meal.
Another lovely salad! I really like it!
A good salad for a spring time lunch.
Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla
I adore butter nut squash but it may be a bit too soft sometimes.
Adding some texture to the salad with kale is definitely great idea!
The raw BNS can be shredded or grated and served raw for a cruncher texture.
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
This looks so delicious! I love the texture of butternut squash on a salad and I love how colorful this dish is!
The kale and BNS are perfect together, both for colour and flavours.
I love the idea of using dukkah here! Butternut squash can handle lots of spices beautifully.
The flavours really compliment eachother.
This is a gorgeous and delicious looking salad! I can’t get enough butternut squash lately!
I love having BNS in, it is so versatile and good value too.
This looks like a salad I need to try!
Definitely worth trying out.
Three of my favourite ingredients in one salad. I had never heard of Dukkah before and will see if I can buy it locally or maybe even make my own. Do you have a recipe for it?
There are lots of delicious ready made varieties available,(some nut free ones) but if you wanted to make your own I would suggest looking on a good recipe site.
Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
I have to try dukkah, that sounds like my cup of tea! And over these healthy fall ingredients I am in love!
Dukkah is delicious and versatile, you should certainly try it.
Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
Butternut squash in a salad really works and adds so much texture and flavour. This looks wonderful!
I love roasted butternut squash. We always have it in the fridge or freezer.
The salad looks fab, but that pie?! Amazing!!
The pies are delicious.
I love the salad and I love the pie! One of those salads can be a perfect lunch too x
It is a great lunch dish, not too heavy and full of flavour.
I love using butternut squash in recipes. I’ve never heard of dukkah before, but it sounds absolutely delicious!
The Dukkah is very tasty, you should give it a try. Very versatile.
That looks like my kind of bowl when I’m in the mood for something lighter. I love all of the ingredients and dukkah is king! When I’m feeling a bit more peckish I’d be very happy accompanying it with one of those Higgidy pies.
The salad is a perfect light lunch dish.
Both the recipe and the pies sound delicious. I love Higgidy for their vegetarian pies :)
Always good to find a good brand for vegetarian pies.
Paighton Millington - The Lazy Mamma
I’ve never heard of Higgidy pies. But yummy! They look delicious. Fantastic recipe, I’m definitely wanting to try this.
I recommend trying the pies if you see them.
five little doves
Oh this sounds lovely! I love butternut squash but never know how to make different dishes with it, great idea!
I love using BNS, I find it very handy for an array of dishes. Great roasted, raw or in smoothies.
Ana De- Jesus
I want that cauliflower crumble pie it looks amazing! I really like the look and sound of the butternut squash salad as well!
The pies are very tasty, and a perfect size.
These both look and sound amazing. I have never seen these pies before. I must have a look out for them, they look delicious, especially the topping :)
I certainly recommend giving the pies a try if you should see them while shopping.
I don’t remember the last time I’ve had butternut squash but you’re right, it’s affordable and can taste sooo good. Great recipe, you’ve inspired me to go buy some butternut squash now :)
I often have it in, as I find it so useful.
That sounds absolutley delicious, must give it a try
The salad and pie as a meal are very tasty indeed.
Fashion and Style Police
This salad looks and sounds very tasty. Bookmarked this post.
I hope you try them out and enjoy them.
Holly - Little Pickle's Mom
Oooh, the Higgidy Pies look fun! The packing looks cool and sounds like some delicious flavours. Had NEVER thought of using butternut raw – will definitely be trying that!
BNS is very tasty raw, I highly recommend giving it a try.
That looks great, Helen.
Thank you Lynn, it is a tasty dish.
Dukkah sounds amazing – I love those blends of spice, crunch and flavour which you can just throw onto any meal to give it a real kick. butternut squash has always seemed to me to be a canvas-vegetable; it’s just waiting for you to throw flavour at it, and it holds up really well as a filling base. Thanks for the recipe, will be trying soon!
I love cooking with BNS, find it is so versatile.
I really like butternut squash, but never know what to do with it. Dukkah sounds amazing and is something I have to try
So many wonderful things to try with BNS, you should give it a go, hope you enjoy.
I have to admit, I don’t use butternut squash as often as I should. I haven’t heard of dukkah but it sounds like it would add lots of flavour. Your dish looks really tasty
I love my butternut squash!