ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS SALAD WITH MAPLE BUTTERNUT SQUASH, PUMPKIN SEEDS, AND CRANBERRIES

ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS SALAD WITH MAPLE BUTTERNUT SQUASH, PUMPKIN SEEDS, AND CRANBERRIES


Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Butternut Squash, Pumpkin Seeds, and Cranberries – perfect Autumn salad, bursting with colors and flavors! Holiday side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Healthy, delicious, gluten free recipe packed with veggies.







ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS SALAD WITH MAPLE BUTTERNUT SQUASH, PUMPKIN SEEDS, AND CRANBERRIES


I love this Brussels sprouts salad so much – to me it looks so much like Autumn on a plate. Last year, I made a very similar recipe: butternut squash salad with pecans.   This year my tastes have changed a little, and I now prefer to eat more seeds vs. nuts, so I just switched pecans for pumpkin seeds, and the result is delicious!






ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS SALAD WITH MAPLE BUTTERNUT SQUASH, PUMPKIN SEEDS, AND CRANBERRIES


Ingredients



Roasted Brussels Sprouts:


  1. 3 cups Brussels sprouts , ends trimmed, yellow leaves removed
  2. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  3. Salt to taste


Roasted Butternut Squash:


  1. 1 1/2 lb butternut squash peeled, seeded, and cubed into 1-inch cubes (Yields about 4 cups of uncooked cubed butternut squash)
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  4. ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


Other Ingredients:


  1. 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
  2. 1 cup dried cranberries
  3. 2-4 tablespoons maple syrup optional


Instructions



Roasted Brussels sprouts:


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly grease the foil-lined baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Make sure Brussels sprouts have trimmed ends and yellow leaves are removed. Then, slice all Brussels sprouts in half. In a medium bowl, combine halved Brussels sprouts, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt (to taste), and toss to combine. Place onto a foil-lined baking sheet, cut side down, and roast in the oven at 400 F for about 20-25 minutes. During the last 5-10 minutes of roasting, turn them over for even browning, the cut sides should be nicely and partially charred but not blackened (see my photos).


Roasted butternut squash:


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly grease the foil-lined baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cubed butternut squash (peeled and seeded),1 tablespoon of olive oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon, and toss to mix.
  3. Place butternut squash in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning once half-way through baking, until softened.


Note:  You can roast both Brussels sprouts and butternut squash on 2 separate baking sheets at the same time, on the same rack in the oven – that’s what I did.



Assembly:


  1. In a large bowl, combine roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, and cranberries, and mix to combine. (OPTIONAL): For more sweetness, add 2 or 4 tablespoons of maple syrup, if desired – do not add all maple syrup at once, start with 2 tablespoons, then add more, if desired, and toss with the salad ingredients to combine.


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