Roasted Radicchio and Butternut Squash Salad is the perfect winter salad with a burst of flavors. Radicchio roasted to mellow their bitter taste leaving a sweeter appetizing taste paired with sweet roasted butternut squash and creamy avocado is the perfect combo then tossed with a delicious creamy sesame dressing is such a huge hit.

A must try!

I have always cooked with butternut squash and my Butternut Squash Coconut Curry, Jamaican Jerk Butternut Squash Fries, and Black Bean and Butternut Squash Stew are some of my favorite recipes. 

Can You Eat Butternut Squash Raw?

Butternut squash is a fruit so yes it can be eaten raw, some folks use it to make smoothies and salads but I prefer to cook mine first. 

Are You Supposed To Peel Butternut Squash Before Cooking?

You really don’t need to peel it before cooking, the skin has lots of fiber, nutrients and is soft and tender when cooked.

Roasted Radicchio and Butternut Squash

How To Prepare Roasted Radicchio and Butternut Squash Salad?

Check out the video on How To Peel And Chop Butternut Squash

I’m so happy I made this salad and it has now become my favorite, I can’t wait to purchase more radicchio as soon as I go to the store. Radicchio is one of those vegetables that is so underrated but it’s truly delicious and healthy when prepared in this salad. The color alone is proof that it is very nutritious. Check out more information here.

Radicchio, also known as red chickory, is a variety of chicory and it is very popular in Italy, it is unique with its wine color and bitter taste. It is a popular winter vegetable because it grows best during colder months.

Roasted Radicchio and Butternut Squash

To prepare this salad, first roast the butternut squash, since it takes longer then add the radicchio halfway to the baking sheet.

Meanwhile, prepare the dressing. After the vegetables are finished roasting, allow to slightly cool, then add chopped avocado and green onions, toss with dressing and serve. The taste was amazing, words cannot describe!

For the dressing, blend the cashews, garlic, yeast flakes, sesame oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, salt, and water until smooth and creamy.

My hubby avoids yeast flakes so for his dressing I quickly combined olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, and sesame oil. I didn’t write down the recipe for his, will make again soon.

Roasted Radicchio and Butternut Squash

Chef’s Tips

  1. Serve your butternut squash salad warm or cold.
  2. Add extra veggies or substitute the radicchio for spring veggie mix.
  3. Serve it for the holidays for an elegant dining experience. 

Other Butternut Squash Recipes To Prepare

  1. Roasted Butternut Squash With Pecans And Cranberries
  2. Gluten-Free Vegan Butternut Squash Muffins
  3. Autumn Squash Soup

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(Per 100g)
  • Energy: 283 kcal / 1183 kJ
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Carbs: 23 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 15 min
  • Cooking: 30 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
  • For: 4 Servings


Roasted Vegetables

Creamy Sesame Dressing


  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray.Toss butternut squash cubes with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large bowl. Spread butternut squash on half of the baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 30 minutes, turn after 15 minutes. Meanwhile, brush radicchio quarters with olive oil.
  2. When turning the butternut squash, add radicchio quarters and spread on the other half of baking sheet. Continue roasting butternut squash and radicchio for 15 minutes. Prepare the dressing.
  3. Remove from oven, you may slightly cool and chop radicchio into smaller pieces then add avocado, green onions and toss with salad dressing.

To prepare the dressing

  1. Drain and rinse cashews, place in a high-speed blender with water, lemon juice, garlic, maple syrup, sesame oil, nutritional yeast flakes, and salt. Process until smooth and creamy. Keep remaining dressing in a container with a tight fitting lid refrigerated.


Roasted Radicchio and Butternut Squash Salad
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.