Maple syrup roasted cranberries and butternut squash are added to this fall inspired broccoli salad with toasted croutons, almonds and pepitas.
This roasted cranberry broccoli salad has a long history. Knowing I wanted to create something with cranberries for this month’s health and wellness partnership with Udi’s (since they’re quite the fall/winter superfood) the ideas were ALL over the place.
I went from crostini (kind of a cop out, right?), to French toast (but didn’t want to compete with this raspberry granola French toast) to some sort of gratin (before remembering this butternut squash and cranberry gratin from a few years back) to bread pudding (but I did that before too with this chocolate strawberry bread pudding!) to everything in between you can think of.
At the end of the day, I threw some of my favorite healthy seasonal superfoods on the counter and piece-mealed this roasted cranberry broccoli salad together. True life, that’s how half of things on this site come together.
It’s hard to go wrong when maple syrup, almonds, pepitas and crunchy toasted Udi’s sandwich bread are added to fall staples like broccoli, butternut squash and cranberries. The simple cranberry yogurt poppyseed dressing is just icing on the cake.
Broccoli – loaded with fiber, cancer fighting antioxidants, vitamin C which helps in iron absorption, vitamin A and calcium.
Cranberries – promote stomach and bladder health, anti-inflammatory, good source of fiber and polyphenols, compounds that contribute to whole body health, including heart health.
Butternut squash – packed with beta-carotene which our body’s convert to Vitamin A, it’s a natural anti-inflammatory for our immune systems and promotes blood and circulatory health. It’s also high in omega-3s and much lower in calories than traditional sources (like nuts).
With all those health benefits in this tasty bowl, it’s a total win, win situation.
Psst– don’t overcook the broccoli. Life’s too short for mushy broccoli salads.
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