Steak Salad with Spinach & Roasted Butternut Squash

It’s approaching the end of September and Autumn is definitely in the air.  One of the things I always look forward to come autumn, aside from the beautiful fall foliage and the excuse to eat lots of hearty soups and stews, is the harvest of fresh local squash.  Acorn, spaghetti and butternut squash along with sweet pumpkin are all favorites of mine.

Here is a deliciously satisfying salad that features tender steak, crispy spinach and red onions, crunchy almonds, roasted butternut squash seasoned with aromatic spices and served with a balsamic vinaigrette and shaved Parmesan.

Feel free to change up the flavor profile if you like and swap out the spices for something more Italian herb-oriented. Or you can go Greek and use all-purpose Greek seasoning with sliced cherry tomatoes and crumbled Feta instead of Parmesan.  Whichever flavor profile you go with, this winning combination of ingredients is sure to hit the spot!

Steak Salad with Spinach and Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

Let’s get started!

Prepare the vinaigrette by placing the ingredients in a bowl or jar and whisking or shaking well until emulsified.

Place the steak in a ziplock bag with 1/3 cup of the vinaigrette and let it marinate in the fridge for about 4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Place the butternut squash in a large bowl with the slivered almonds, olive oil and spices and stir to evenly coat the squash.

Spread the squash on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until tender and lightly browned.  Let cool but serve while still warm.

Discard the marinade and heat a grill, frying pan or griddle over medium-high heat.  Sear the steak on both sides according to desired doneness.

Let the steak rest on a cutting board for a minute and then slice very thinly against the grain.

To assemble each salad plate, place the spinach leaves on the plates followed by some warm butternut squash, strips of steak, red onions, drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve sprinkled with cheese.

Enjoy!

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