Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi Salad

This Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi Salad with onions, bacon, feta, pine nuts, and spinach is 100% hearty comfort food for these chilly autumn days.

Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi Salad

Hello, everyone. Let’s go straight to the point: does this dish sound utterly delicious? That’s because it is. Nope, I am not showing off – just being sincere.

Talking about names, have you noticed that some businesses often have funny, if nor ridiculous names? We used to live in Russia where many businesses included the word “world” as the part of the name. I am not sure if this tendency still exists, but that was a common way to name a business, especially retailers. The World of Mirrors. The World of Beds. The World of Doors. The World of Home Appliances. The World of Wheels. The World of Beds. Oh, have I mentioned it already? Well, that’s a different store! Next, are you looking for…I beg your pardon for such an intimate topic, a new toilet bowl? Welcome to the…guess what, the World of Toilets.

I swear, there’s the World of Wigs (I’ve just googled it) and…please take a seat, The World of Teeth. That’s the dentist’s office, but am I the only one who imagines some gruesome things happening in there? Does anyone need a dentist appointment?

You can find some funny names in Canada, too. The Canadian thing is to name everything a boutique. Boutique sounds better, to my liking. I don’t mind a boutique selling goods; however, it feels strange sometimes when you see the place selling services. The Makeup Boutique. The Hair&Nail Boutique. “Excuse me, ma’am. Can I please have a 1/2 pound of fingers and 50 grams of eyelashes?”I know, gross, but that’s my imagination.

There are also litigation boutiques. “Excuse me, sir. I am interested in purchasing a case, just to spice up my life. What? No, I’d prefer something not related to the criminal law, something more pleasant maybe? What would you recommend?”

But the weirdest thing happened to me when while traveling, I saw the sign saying “The Lavender Boutique”. If you know me, you can assume I couldn’t miss that place. Do you know what that place turned out to be? They sold perfume. Not even cosmetics. I accept the possibility they had some lavender fragrances too, but still. I swear, I’ll open a Lavander Cafe one day, and my specialty would be pizza!

There’s nothing confusing in this Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi Salad at least. Of course, you can start questioning why do I consider this dish a salad, but please let’s not go there. But I strongly believe that the combination of roasted butternut squash, gnocchi, low-fat bacon, onions, garlic, feta, pine nuts, herbs, and smoked paprika won’t make you hesitant about this salad…even if it’s not a salad, in your book.



Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi Salad

Category: Gnocchi, Pasta, Salad

Servings: 2-3


    Roasted Butternut Squash
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into cubes (You can cube it once roasted, but the process of baking the whole squash would take longer)
  • 1 tsp. light olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. dried herbs de Provence
  • a good pinch of smoked paprika
  • a little pinch of hot pepper and dried garlic powder, each
    The Salad
  • 2 cups cubed roasted butternut squash
  • 1 - 1,5 cup raw gnocchi
  • 1 small red onion (1/2 cup chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 100 gr. low-fat bacon (like back or turkey), sliced
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. dried herbs de Provence
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 2-3 tbsp. toasted pine nuts


  1. Preheat oven to about 200 degrees C (400 F). Toss the squash cubes with the olive oil and spices and arrange on a baking sheet. Roast for about 25-30 minutes or until soft and lightly golden. For this recipe you will need 2 cups, so you can incorporate the remaining in other dishes.
  2. In a pan combine the coconut oil and maple syrup and cook the onions with garlic, 4-5 minutes, until soft. Add the bacon and cook for 3-5 minutes. Remove the veggies and bacon and set aside.
  3. Wipe the same pan with paper towel (that prevents the gnocchi from being greasy), add the gnocchi, and cook, 2-3 minutes, stirring, until start to golden.
  4. Return the veggies and add the butternut squash (2 cups), season with herbs and spices and cook 2-3 minutes more. Off heat.
  5. Combine with the spinach and when serving, sprinkle with the feta and pine nuts.
  6. Enjoy!

9 thoughts on “Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi Salad

  1. Tasy salad recipe Ben. I see you’re getting professional at the gnocchi now too. I’ll need to get some lessons from you! My favourite place I saw with “world” in the title was “world of beer” and you can guess what they served, ha ha!

  2. What a delicious looking / sounding salad, Ben! So perfect for the fall!

    It’s the first time I’ve thought about all the world of this and world of that businesses. You found some doozies!
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  3. Ben, unfortunately, I recently needed the World of Teeth. Anything dental is traumatic for me, so World of Teeth is no place I’d go unless absolutely necessary. But, this dish — salad, gnocchi, bacon and butternut – sounds so great! I’m looking forward to trying it! You introduced me to sautéed gnocchi a while back, and I can’t wait to make this dish, too!

  4. This salad absolutely sounds 1000000% utterly delicious, Ben! I’m obsessed with all things butternut squash, and gnocchi is just everything! Combine the two with bacon, feta, spinach and lots of other goodies, and I’m totally sold! I could most definitely eat this on repeat! YUM! Too bad you can’t hand me a plate through the screen! Cheers, buddy!
    P.s. Lavender boutique? On the bright side, given the name, it did have such promise to be your very own heaven on earth! ;)
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  5. “World” in business names seemed popular in the US also awhile back. It would be like The World of Wheels, The Spa World and so on. But I’ve never seen a litigation boutique, that’s cool.
    Nice salad recipe and it looks your getting into gnocchi. I’ve never tried herbs de Provence on my roasted squash, I’ll have to give this a try.
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  6. World of teeth!? Whaaaa?? Haha! I have to say I haven’t paid much attention to the overuse of “boutique” in Canada, but now you’ve got me thinking of all of the boutiques around me! I haven’t noticed a litigation boutique though. So strange. NOTHING strange about this dish at least! It’s certainly perfect for fall!

  7. Um, The World of Teeth sounds like a museum I NEVER want to visit. I’m certainly not going to a dentist with such a frightening name! And The Lavender Boutique really does sound like the store of your dreams–I’m imagining all different varieties of lavender and you’re overwhelmed at all the recipes popping into your head :). I say they need to rename their store so it’s less misleading and the next guy who loves to cook with lavender doesn’t get confused. Anyway, this salad sounds delicious! I love butternut and I could go for a big bowl of this right now. PS–totally open The Lavender Cafe. I’ll come!

  8. Oh, that’s just rude! I wish I could’ve seen your face when you saw the Lavender Boutique. But then I can imagine how sad you were when you realized it was just a perfume store. You know, I actually found a lavender store in Venice, Italy when we visited there this past May. I thought of you. It was a small store, but everything in there was lavender in some way. Guess you just need to plan a vacation to Venice! :-) Also, this salad sounds delicious. Loaded with all sorts of awesome Fall flavors. Save me a plate!
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