This make ahead, and crowd-pleasing of the Butternut Squash Pasta Salad side dis is another gem in a Thanksgiving spread. Or any gathering, really. Organic pasta tossed with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, roasted butternut squash and dressed with homemade ranch makes this salad taste absolutely incredible! #butternutsquashpastasalad #winterpastasalad #thanksgivingpastasalad #coldfallpastasalad
Butternut Squash Pasta Salad Recipe
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This make-ahead and a crowd-pleasing side dish of the Butternut Squash Pasta Salad Recipe is another gem in a Thanksgiving spread. Or any gathering, really. Organic pasta tossed with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, roasted butternut squash and dressed with homemade ranch makes this salad taste absolutely incredible!

Keyword: Butternut Squash Pasta Salad Recipe, Christmas side dish, kid approved recipe, pasta and veggie salad, Thanksgiving side dish
Servings: 10
Author: Valya of Valya's Taste of Home
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. (454 g) - organic Fusilli pasta
  • 2 cups - organic cauliflower florets
  • 2 cups - organic broccoli florets
  • 2 cups - organic butternut squash (cubed and baked, see THIS recipe )
  • ½ cup (118 ml) - ranch dressing (I used Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe)
  • 1 tsp. - poppy seeds
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Butternut Squash Pasta Salad Instructions

  2. First thing first, roast Butternut Squash and cool completely before adding to the salad. See how to roast Butternut Squash in THIS post.

  3. Next, while the butternut squash is cooling cook pasta according to instructions on the package. Let the pasta cool.
  4. In the meanwhile, rinse and cut broccoli and cauliflower into small pieces. Place all the ingredients into a large glass bowl. Add mayonnaise, sea salt, and ground pepper.

  5. Finally, add poppy seeds and mix everything well very carefully not to mash roasted butternut squash (add more salt and pepper if necessary to your taste).
  6. Serve and enjoy! The salad tastes great for a couple of days if kept refrigerated. Win, win!
Recipe Notes

I used Homemade Ranch Dressing. Also, you can add cranberries and any toasted nuts of your choice (my kids don't like any of it, so I did not include in the recipe).