Butternut Squash Pasta Salad

Butternut Squash Pasta Salad is a healthy holiday side dish! This vegan recipe is full of fresh winter produce: butternut squash, brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, pecans and pasta. All topped with fresh orange and maple dijon vinaigrette!

I am proud to be partnering with Thrive™ Algae Oil to bring you this healthy holiday recipe!

Butternut Squash Pasta Salad is a healthy holiday side dish! This vegan recipe is full of fresh winter produce: butternut squash, brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, pecans and pasta. All topped with fresh orange and maple dijon vinaigrette!

This Butternut Squash Pasta Salad Recipe is so easy to prepare. It is just gorgeous with vibrant colors and flavors. Best of all, this is a super healthy recipe. It may just be the perfect holiday side dish!

Obviously the fresh winter produce makes this salad very nutritious. I did add a bit of pasta so when serving to guests you can offer a pasta salad instead of a bowl of healthy vegetables. Trust me, it makes a difference and gets everyone to eat their veggies!

But the real star of this Healthy Pasta Salad is Thrive™ Algae Oil. Yes, that’s right, algae oil. And this may just be my new favorite ingredient! Thrive™ Algae Oil has a mild, delicate flavor and smell. Really, I had a taste expectation and was pleasantly surprised by it’s complete lack of flavor and aroma. It allows the food to shine!

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Butternut Squash Pasta Salad is a healthy holiday side dish! This vegan recipe is full of fresh winter produce: butternut squash, brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, pecans and pasta. All topped with fresh orange and maple dijon vinaigrette!

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Butternut Squash Pasta Salad is a healthy holiday side dish! This vegan recipe is full of fresh winter produce: butternut squash, brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, pecans and pasta. All topped with fresh orange and maple dijon vinaigrette!

With all of the heavy holiday foods, this bright and flavorful salad will be a welcome addition to your feast. I know I’m still recovering from Thanksgiving and am happy to be eating a bit lighter.

Butternut Squash Pasta Salad is a healthy holiday side dish! This vegan recipe is full of fresh winter produce: butternut squash, brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, pecans and pasta. All topped with fresh orange and maple dijon vinaigrette!

And the vinaigrette dressing is a punch of flavor!

Butternut Squash Pasta Salad is a healthy holiday side dish! This vegan recipe is full of fresh winter produce: butternut squash, brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, pecans and pasta. All topped with fresh orange and maple dijon vinaigrette!

Sweet, savory, soft, crunchy and salty. What more could you need?

Butternut Squash Pasta Salad is a healthy holiday side dish! This vegan recipe is full of fresh winter produce: butternut squash, brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, pecans and pasta. All topped with fresh orange and maple dijon vinaigrette!

Happy Holidays! May they be filled with health, happiness and flavor!

Butternut Squash Pasta Salad is a healthy holiday side dish! This vegan recipe is full of fresh winter produce: butternut squash, brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, pecans and pasta. All topped with fresh orange and maple dijon vinaigrette!

Butternut Squash Pasta Salad
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Salad
  1. 4 Tablespoons Thrive™ Algae Oil - divided
  2. 1 Cup Cooked Pasta of Choice (I used Acini di Pepe)
  3. 4 Cups Cubed Butternut Squash
  4. 16 ounces Brussels Sprouts - halved then quartered
  5. 1/2 Cup Raw Pecans - roughly chopped
  6. 1 Cup Pomegranate Arils (dried cranberries can be used instead)
Vinaigrette
  1. 1/4 Cup Thrive™ Algae Oil
  2. 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. 1 teaspoon Stone Ground Mustard
  4. 1 Tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup
  5. Zest of 1 Orange
  6. 1 Tablespoon Fresh Orange Juice
  7. 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  8. 1/8 teaspoon Ground Pepper
Salad
  1. Heat 2 Tb algae oil over medium heat in large sauté pan. Add butternut squash and cook for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Toss frequently while cooking. Transfer butternut squash to bowl and allow to cool.
  2. Add 2 Tb algae oil and Brussels sprouts to hot pan. Cook 10-12 minutes while stirring almost constantly. Add more oil as needed. Add pecans to pan 1 minute before Brussels sprouts are done. Transfer to bowl and allow to cool.
  3. Once butternut squash and Brussels sprouts have cooled, combine with cooked pasta and pomegranate arils. Coat salad with half of the vinaigrette. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with a drizzle of vinaigrette and fresh chopped parsley.
Vinaigrette
  1. Combine all vinaigrette ingredients.
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I am proud to be partnering with Thrive™ Algae Oil to bring you this healthy holiday recipe!

Thrive Culinary Algae Oil

Butternut Squash Pasta Salad is a healthy holiday side dish! This vegan recipe is full of fresh winter produce: butternut squash, brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, pecans and pasta. All topped with fresh orange and maple dijon vinaigrette!

 

Comments

  1. This salad is perfect! It’s the perfect way to get in your winter veggies.

  2. This pasta salad looks SO AWESOME, Nicole! I love butternut squash so much and I know I’d flip for a bowl of this right about now!

  3. Wow, I’ve never heard of algae oil but it sounds so cool! I can’t wait to try it. This recipe looks delicious!

  4. I am so intrigued by algae oil…going to have to try it! Butternut squash is my favorite squash, and I love it made into this tasty, colorful pasta salad.

  5. peter staudacher says:

    Love thrive algae oil

    Highest smoke point and healthier than olive oil!

  6. Wow I have to try that oil! You are right, the salad is full of vibrant colors, it looks irresistible!

  7. I am going to fix this tomorrow, but I am wondering Is this served warm or is it is supposed to be served cold?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Apologies Tori. My internet has been glitchy for days so I wasn’t able to check comments. Luckily, this can be served warm or cold. Whatever your preference. I like it cold.

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