Roasted winter veggies get tossed with a spicy sriracha vinaigrette…get your taste buds excited!
roasted butternut squash, brussels sprout and cauliflower salad with sriracha vinaigrette

I got it into my head on the way home from The.Boy’s parents’ house last night while I was mid car-sleep dream that I should use either “ninja-style” or “kung-fu-style” in my post today.

Something like “I kicked those nonstop ALL THE SUGAR cravings to the curb, NINJA-STYLE with this salad.”

It sounded good until we got home and I unpacked the leftovers that The.Boy’s mom had packed us and I uncovered a WHOLE TRAY of baklava. That I, apparently, in a sugar-induced stupor, had REQUESTED.

So instead of kicking the sugar cravings anywhere, I invited them into my home and said “Welcome. Namaste.”




Moral of the story – I think I need to grow a pair. And/or stop trying to make any life decisions while still under the influence of the sweet stuff.

And for the record, NO I am not one of those people who rates sugar up there with hallucinogenic drugs, nor do I believe it is addictive. But moderation in all things. Even moderation.


The thing about having two places to go for the holidays is that you end up making twice the “normal” amount of food to bring and thereby end up eating twice the “reasonable” amount of food. We went to my mother’s house on Christmas Eve, where I brought a cakea tart, and a salad and then to The.Boy’s family’s on Christmas Day where I brought a different cake and a different salad.

This salad, to be precise.

This salad, which is all roasted veggies! Spicy dressing! Sweet bursts of pomegranate juice!

It’s a can’t go wrong kind of salad.

Especially when you covertly stuff it into your bag to take home with you. Ninja-style.

Done and done.


This is my submission to WEEK 8 of the 12 Weeks of Winter Squash! Gasp. Time flies.


Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout and Cauliflower Salad with Sriracha Vinaigrette
Roasted winter veggies get tossed with a spicy sriracha vinaigrette...get your taste buds excited!
Yield: 6-8 servings
  • 8 oz brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise
  • 1 cauliflower head, cut into small florets
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch dice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 pomegranate's worth of arils
For the dressing
  • 2 tbsp sriracha (or to taste)
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl, toss the brussels sprouts, cauliflower florets, and butternut squash with the olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper. Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let roast for 35 minutes, or until tender.
  2. In the meantime, whisk together the sriracha, garlic, shallot, honey, white wine vinegar, and olive oil for the dressing in a small bowl. Add enough salt so that you can actually taste it. You want the dressing to seem a tad bit saltier than necessary.
  3. When the veggies are done roasting, toss them with the pomegranate arils and the dressing. Taste for seasoning.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl


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50 Responses to Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout and Cauliflower Salad with Sriracha Vinaigrette

  1. Kristi says:

    I hope you had a Merry Christmas!! I’ve been in a sugar coma for a few days and I can’t seem to break the sugar addiction.

  2. cquek says:

    These look very festive and awesome! Great idea!

  3. Lori says:

    My body is so ready for a sugar karate chop. I can’t wait to try this, especially that dressing. It sounds so good!

  4. haha making decisions while on some serious sugar is always a bad idea. But at least you got baklava!!! I want that now.

    I need this salad…tomorrow. Today is still a sugar day. Thanks for another awesome squash creation lovely!

  5. SallyBR says:

    I think we have similar takes on nutrition issues. This time of the year is hard because it seems that every situation is an excuse to overdo, and people expect you to try all the goodies they bring to a party or offer you as a gift.

    I pretty much decided to go with the flow until the 1st of January – with Phil’s Birthday tomorrow (27th), that means celebrations go from before CHristmas to New Year’s Eve, non stop. Why fight? So, I took a deep breath and inhaled the last piece of peppermint chocolate fudge that the computer geek of our department offered us as a gift, his wife’s baking skills at its best. And the ONLY other dessert I’ll enjoy until the 2nd is whatever I decide to make for my beloved tomorrow. Life is difficult.

  6. sandra says:

    I’ve been combating the sugar onslaught with kale salads – one a day, just like the doctor ordered.

  7. it seems like we are all affected severely by sugar come..hopefully more salads like this will resolve the problem. hope you and the boy both had a Merry Christmas 🙂

  8. Beth Somers says:

    Looks yum! Love all of the colors. This is perfect mid-winter doldrums food.

  9. gloria says:

    Joanne!!! I love cauliflowers! This lok delicious!!

  10. Hahaha ninja style! I need this to combat all the sugar high from yesterday. And I have everything at home 🙂

  11. Trisha says:

    This is SO what I need today. I love all the colors in it and the siracha dressing looks amazing!

  12. I love the combination of spicy Sriracha and pomegranate with all these delicious roasted vegetables. Sounds wonderful. Hope you have a great Christmas!

  13. This sounds like a nice healthy dish for the holidays, also has nice color to it.

  14. Your too funny! But I understand the sugar stuff! I try to stay away, then they enter my home via the post office! Dam those delivery men! This recipe is perfect! I have all the ingredients but cauliflower so I will sub another veggie! I must have this salad and today!! The dressing sounds just amazing!

  15. Sriracha FTW!!! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, my friend =)

  16. Yup, I’m under the sugar coma effects too :–( This salad looks utterly gorgeous and delicious, and I think I’d like it better than cookies, actually! How yummy!

  17. Daniela says:

    A terrific combination of flavors and textures!
    With this tasty dish for sure no more suar cravings 🙂
    Thank you ,Joanne and Merry Christmas!!

  18. Love the combination of flavours. The vinaigrette sounds perfect for the salad.

  19. Eileen says:

    Hooray for roasted veg! I’ve been contemplating a cauliflower in our crisper for a week or so…this may be the solution to my problem. 🙂

  20. Looks great! Veggies are definitely in order today!

  21. Hotly Spiced says:

    The salad looks so pretty with the pomegranates. We’ve been doing two Christmas dinners per year for decades now. I’ve learned to wear loose-fitted clothing and nothing requiring a belt xx

  22. Deena Kakaya says:

    I bet those sprouts really soak up the juices and taste sweet and hot! Lovely x

  23. sippitysup says:

    I can resist sugar but I have trouble saying no to “The.Sprouts”. GREG

  24. I love the idea of this vinaigrette on top of these veges, giving them an extra kick 😀


  25. Another use for sriracha! Excellent! This looks divine Joanne 🙂

    I relate to the double Christmas meals thing…we did my family for lunch and Mr Bite’s for dinner and it equated to and also extra food preparation! But probably also extra fun 😉

  26. Christine says:

    My Christmas was very uneventful and un-sugary (thank goodness), so I’ve really enjoyed your sugar-laden posts 🙂 This is a beautiful salad and should wake you and anyone else right out of any “sugar coma”!

  27. I don’t think I could have resisted second helpings of this salad!

  28. Kate says:

    Brussels sprouts AND pomegranate seeds? SOLD!

  29. I’m still full from Wednesday. But I would eat this, no problem. Pass me a fork.

  30. Love the idea of the sriracha taste on top of yummy veggies!

  31. Love this winter salad – perfect for this time of year and so beautiful Joanne!

  32. P says:

    I recently had siracha with some awesome pho, but this looks like a nice way to kick some flavor into veggies!!

  33. Kelsey says:

    Yes, girl. This looks awesome.

  34. Cynthia says:

    Made this for dinner tonight….so perfect. Loved the choice of vegetables and the salty/hot combination. Yum.

  35. Megan says:

    I love roasted veggies. This salad sounds like a great counterbalance to all the baklava. Hope you had a great holiday!

  36. Reeni says:

    I’m craving vegetables and salads like crazy right now! I can’t even believe there was any of this left to bring home – I would of eaten seconds and thirds – this sounds and looks incredibly good!

  37. tigerfish says:

    Love the burst of those red jewels in this roast! And what I like abt this is that the three kinds of vegetables cook/roast at just about the same time! Makes it so much easier. Will try this combi when I get the chance 🙂

  38. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This bowl looks so so satisfying 🙂 and the vinaigrette, how perfect!

  39. I love the Brussels/squash combo. The kick of Sriracha in here is awesome!

  40. Rika says:

    Roasted butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and pomegranate seeds with SRIRACHA? It’s calling my name right now! Def a Kung-Fu STYLE!!!

  41. whoa, making this next week. love the sound of the vinaigrette.

    and yes, all things in moderation 🙂

  42. Oh my gosh, sriracha vinaigrette! I think I could even bypass a tray of baklava right now for this salad.

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  45. Jen says:

    Tried tonight…so good!!

  46. T says:

    Not sure what size baking sheets YOU use, but that many veggies crowded together will not roast. I’m using two.

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