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Chili-Lime Roasted Butternut Salad

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 40 mins
  • servings: 4
Photography: Johnny Miller




  • 1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, halved, seeded, and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 teaspoon honey
  • 2 hearts romaine lettuce, leaves separated, larger leaves torn
  • 1/4 cup toasted pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)
  • 3/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese (3 ounces)


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss squash with 1 tablespoon oil and arrange in a single layer. Sprinkle with chili powder and season with salt and pepper. Bake until soft and lightly golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Whisk together lime juice, cilantro, honey, and remaining 3 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Arrange romaine on a platter, then top with squash, pepitas, and Cotija; drizzle with dressing.

Everyday Food, December 2012