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


  • 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.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Love how healthy this salad is! Orzo and butternut squash are two of my favorite things ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t get over how big those squash in the picture are – wow!!

  17. 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.

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  19. Such a colorful salad and so good for you, too. I can never get enough of sweet, creamy butternut squash at this time of year.

  20. That looks absolutely delicious! I just made roasted butternut squash last night and ate it plain. Next time I will be trying this recipe for dinner.

  21. Just made this recipe last night. really simple and delicious however would definetly add fresh lemon juice to the recipe. and lots of it. it did lack a bit of taste…

  22. What a colorful dish! I never tried using butternut squash for orzo salad. I’m sure going to try it out!

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