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Roasted Butternut Squash Orzo Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash Orzo Salad

On Saturday, we went to the farmers market and stocked up on fall produce. I love this time of year. We filled our arms with apples, pears, squash, and a large pumpkin. We bought two butternut squashes, one for butternut squash soup , and one for a new recipe, roasted butternut squash orzo salad.

I love roasted butternut squash, it is one of my favorite vegetables. I could eat it plain all day long, but this time I wanted to create a new fall salad. I started with creamy orzo pasta and added in roasted butternut squash, garlic, red onions, and spinach. To keep the fall theme going, I tossed in dried cranberries. They added a nice sweetness and a pop of color. I drizzled olive oil over the top and seasoned the salad with salt and pepper. There was so much flavor going on, it didn’t need a dressing.

This roasted butternut squash orzo salad is good eaten warm or at room temperature. It is a great dish for fall and would be a perfect side to any holiday meal.

Roasted Butternut Squash Orzo Salad

Yield: Serves 4-6


1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, and cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 red onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup orzo pasta
4 cups water
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
3/4 cup dried cranberries
Drizzle of olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place butternut squash cubes, red onion slice, and garlic cloves on prepared baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and gently toss. Place in the oven and roast for 40-50 minutes, or until squash is tender. Make sure you stir once or twice while the squash is roasting.

2. While the butternut squash is roasting, cook the orzo pasta. Bring water to a boil and stir in orzo. Cook for about 10-12 minutes or until orzo is tender. Drain the orzo and put it in a medium bowl.

3. Chop the roasted garlic and red onions. Add the roasted butternut squash, garlic, and onions to the orzo. Stir in spinach and dried cranberries. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Stir once more. Serve warm or at room temperature.

If you like this roasted butternut squash orzo salad, you might also like:

Butternut Squash Apple Soup from Two Peas and Their Pod
Butternut Squash Pizza from Two Peas and Their Pod
Butternut Squash Gratin from Simple Bites
Couscous with Butternut Squash and Spinach from The Other Side of Fifty

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60 Responses to “Roasted Butternut Squash Orzo Salad”

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet — October 20, 2010 @ 4:13 am

    Love orzo and love butternut! What a fabulous dish. Definitely want to give these flavors a try!

  2. Aimee @ Simple Bites — October 20, 2010 @ 4:54 am

    Stunning salad, and that reminds me, I’m out of orzo!
    Thanks for including me in the round-up!

  3. Kim in MD — October 20, 2010 @ 5:00 am

    Wow…that is one gorgeous salad! I love the vibrant colors of the squash and the cranberries. I bet it tastes as good as it looks, too. I am definately making this salad!

  4. Katrina — October 20, 2010 @ 5:23 am

    This salad looks super tasty. I looooove squash, especially in fall.

  5. Amanda — October 20, 2010 @ 5:42 am

    Gorgeous pics… great recipe! Looks fantastic!

  6. Evan @swEEts — October 20, 2010 @ 6:47 am

    We have a butternut squash on the counter just waiting for the perfect recipe.. this maaay be it!

  7. CookiePie — October 20, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    That looks so delicious! I’m with you – could eat roasted butternut squash all day :)

  8. Stephanie (Fresh Tart) — October 20, 2010 @ 7:00 am

    Beautiful Maria!

  9. Joanne — October 20, 2010 @ 7:12 am

    I love butternut squash because it has so much flavor that it doesn’t need much else to make it shine! Love this salad. So many great colors, veggies, and flavors in it.

  10. Cookin' Canuck — October 20, 2010 @ 7:37 am

    What a pretty, healthy salad! The addition of cranberries is a great idea – nice amount of tartness to offset the sweetness of the butternut squash.

  11. maggy@threemanycooks — October 20, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    Love how healthy this salad is! Orzo and butternut squash are two of my favorite things :)

  12. I can’t get enough of butternut squash come fall, and I have a lot of leftover dried cranberries begging to be used in this dish. Thanks for the continual inspiration!

  13. Sara — October 20, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    Ooh, this looks delicious! My first squash of the season is going into soup this week, but this recipe is marked for next week – thanks for sharing the idea!

  14. Susan — October 20, 2010 @ 8:56 am

    I have yet to attempt cooking butternut squash. I know, lame. But these pics are so beautiful, and I do love orzo…might give it a try!

  15. Michelle — October 20, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    Such pretty photos Maria! This is a perfect side dish recipe, sounds good for a lunch too!

  16. Kalynskitchen — October 20, 2010 @ 10:16 am

    I love all the flavors in this salad!

  17. Jen @ How To: Simplify — October 20, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    This dish looks so fresh and tasty!

  18. Erica — October 20, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    I could totally eat plain BN squash all day long too! SO good- just roast it up and scoop it out. The dish looks really yummy. Orzo is my favorite pasta. I wish we had more fresh apples in this area

  19. Pam — October 20, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    Beautiful and so delicious! Bookmarked.

  20. Megan — October 20, 2010 @ 11:25 am

    Love this recipe! I roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts the other day and got stumped thinking of what to mix them with… I didn’t think rice or couscous would work, but orzo is brilliant! The dried cranberries and squash make this so colorful too.

  21. the urban baker — October 20, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    i love orzo, and I love butternut squash. this is a winner!

  22. Joe @ Eden Kitchen — October 20, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    What a beautiful looking dish! I usually associate squash with warming, comforting winter foods that lack colour and excitement. But this looks so pretty and colorful. Cheers!

  23. Blond Duck — October 20, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

    It sounds lovely!

  24. Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread — October 20, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    Gorgeous salad!!! Squash makes such a nice accompaniment with grain dishes. Love the cranberries in this.

  25. Estela @ Weekly Bite — October 20, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

    This looks delicious! I have a butternut squash that I haven’t cooked yet. Great recipe!

  26. Heather (Heather's Dish) — October 20, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

    oh those COLORS! beautiful and delicious :)

  27. marla {family fresh cooking} — October 20, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    All the squash out there these days excites me – butternut squash is great in sweets and savories. I love the cranberries in this orzo too!

  28. Angela@spinachtiger — October 20, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    These are all the flavors I love and so visually appealing. I often forget about orzo, which is such a great pasta choice.

  29. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — October 20, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

    Maria, I love this salad, it’s perfect for fall! And we definitely are on the same wavelength – I am making butternut squash soup tomorrow!

  30. Bridgett — October 20, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

    I try to find as many recipes for orzo as I can because I know my daughter will eat it. Great idea with the butternut squash!

  31. Mags — October 20, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

    Great looking salad! And thanks for including my couscous butternut squash recipe in your links!

  32. rebecca — October 20, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    lovely salad colorful seasonal and healthy perfect

  33. Tracey — October 20, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

    Your salad sounds so yummy Maria!! I love how colorful it is. I am a huge fan of butternut squash too – I think I’ve eaten it almost every day in the past week :) I can’t get over how big those squash in the picture are – wow!!

  34. Lesley Lifting Life — October 20, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    Looks absolutely delicious! Butternut squash is a definite fall favorite of mine.

  35. Tammy — October 20, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

    Question, where do you buy your fresh produce now that the farmer’s market is closed for the year?

    • twopeas replied: — October 21st, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

      I usually go to Sunflower Market.

  36. Amber — October 20, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

    I prefer butternut anything to pumpkin, and I do like pumpkin. And you can never go wrong with orzo.
    You seemed to enjoy the table setting posts I did the last 2 years. Although I didn’t do a table this time I have began this years posts today and for a few days. Peek if you are interested again. There were some nice ideas.

  37. pigpigscorner — October 21, 2010 @ 5:54 am

    Such vibrant colours! Great flavours!

  38. Tracy — October 21, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    Another great way to use butternut squash! I still have one on my windowsill that I need to use up!

  39. kat — October 21, 2010 @ 7:18 am

    Such a bright colorful dish too

  40. Jan — October 21, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    What a great looking salad!

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