Pear and Butternut Squash Salad with a Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Pear and Butternut Squash Salad with a Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Salty and sweet with a kick. This pear and butternut squash salad is a favorite winter side dish and it’s perfect for lunch or any holiday get together.

A drizzle of homemade maple balsamic vinaigrette turns an ordinary salad into something special.

I had the pleasure recently of creating this salad for an athlete dinner. It’s still the middle of winter but that doesn’t mean it’s hard to find fresh fruits and veggies in season.

Tis the season for juicy pears and sweet butternut squash. Why not pair the two together over a bed of spring greens, red onions and salty bits of bacon.

A sprinkle of cayenne pepper and cinnamon add sweet heat to the butternut squash and the maple syrup added to the vinaigrette pulls the salad together.

I’ve always thought butternut squash is too sweet as it is. But adding salty and spicy ingredients creates a perfect balance.

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