Warm Butternut Squash and Bacon Salad with Spiced Walnuts

I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet since I think you already now how busy I am these days. As my computer broke down a few days ago and now I’m forced to borrow my little brother’s, I’m only able to write as night, after a long, exhausting day. Needless to say I’m worn out, both physically and mentally *sighs*.

But do you guys know what makes hectic days better?

 


 

Bacon.

Crispy, salty, amazing bacon.

And if you add spiced pecans, warm asparagus, sauteed butternut squash and crumbled blue cheese as well, you’ve got a wonderful enough salad to get you through the most weary days. Trust me, this salad is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, one of the best I’ve ever eaten, and I tell you that I eat a lot of salad. And awfully big lot, actually… like, If I got paid for eating lettuce, I’d be a billionaire by now, I love my greens!

 

 

But this one is even better, it’s like a massive flavor party in your mouth… what a wonderful combo! You know it has to be great if it’s got bacon in it, don’t you?

Although it’s not only bacon-laden salad what it’s keeping me happy these terrible days (enter Biochemistry exam on Thursday, I’m so nervous!), but your sweet comments on my last post. I have no words to describe how grateful I am to have you all as readers and friends. You guys make my day! I usually read all the comments on my phone when I wake up, and you always get to put a smile on my face before I even get of of bed. I mean, it’s YOU who make me want to get up, dress and and go work out. Heck, you even make me go to workout all happy (and spinning at 6:30 is not my definition of fun, it makes i hard to get up!). Again: thank you. You’re the best readers that someone could ever wish for!

 

 

So in exchange for you lovely comments, I’ll give you some advice: make this salad as soon as possible. Stop all you’re doing now and go buy some bacon and stuff your face with letucce. You won’t regret it ๐Ÿ˜‰

And by the way, I got the inspiration from one of my favorite blogs. This bacon, brussels sprouts and blue cheese salad at Erin’s blog has been calling my name ever since I saw it, so I knew I had to try that combo asap!

 

-Warm Butternut Squash and Bacon Salad with Spiced Walnuts

Serves 2
Prep time 15 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free
Meal type Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Occasion Barbecue
Pecans would make a great addition as well.

Ingredients

  • 150 Grams lambs lettuce
  • 150 Grams butternut squash
  • 6-7 asparagus
  • 80 Grams bacon
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • a Pinch of pumpkin pie spice
  • 40 Grams blue cheese

Directions

1.
Sautee bacon. Use the leftover grease on the pan to sautee asparagus and butternut squash as well.
2.
Sautee walnuts with a bit of olive oil or butter if desired and a pinch of pumkin pie spice.
3.
Melt blue cheese in the microwave for 10 seconds or so.
4.
Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine.

 

Have a great week!

Consuelo

75 Comments

  • Reply makingthymeforhealth October 23, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Haha. I’m sure bacon does make everything better. I have eaten it in over 8 years! But I would devour the rest of this salad in a heartbeat. Looks delicious!

    • Reply Consuelo October 23, 2013 at 7:33 am

      I’m sure it’d be lovely without bacon too! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen October 23, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Your hard work is such an inspiration to me! You are going to be able to accomplish so much with your life. This salad looks amazing! Fall salads are my favorite!

    • Reply Consuelo October 23, 2013 at 7:34 am

      Thank you so much, Christin. You cannot imagine how much your words mean to me!

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven October 23, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Lots of love Consuelo! So long as you’re writing, we’ll be here reading ๐Ÿ™‚ Also I’m basically the Bill Gates of lettuce eating ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply Consuelo October 23, 2013 at 7:34 am

      Awww, thank you so much! :-*

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 23, 2013 at 3:38 am

    I think this is a salad I can actually get my husband into! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo October 23, 2013 at 7:35 am

      I hope he’ll like it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks!

  • Reply foxeslovelemons October 23, 2013 at 5:04 am

    I hear ya on being tired. I need a day OFF. Which is weird, because I just went on vacation, but it wasn’t too relaxing. Maybe I’ll just soothe my ails with this bacony salad. That seems like the best course of action ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply Consuelo October 23, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Thanks, Lori! It is definitely a nice way to make up for anything ;D

  • Reply Anne ~ Uni Homemaker October 23, 2013 at 8:55 am

    You can’t go wrong with bacon! This salad looks amazing Consuelo. I love the butternut squash here Delicious!

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you Anne! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply padresfrikerizos (@padresfrikerizo) October 23, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Las ensaladas con bacon o pollo mejoran cien mil ๐Ÿ™‚ Aunque ya no sea tiempo de ensalada, esta tiene pintaza, asรญ que habrรก que probar a echarle bacon!
    Besos

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      ยกVaya quรฉ sรญ! Aunque en mi mundo siempre es tiempo de ensalada jaja espero que os guste, un beso ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Covadonga October 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

    For now, in these parts is still time to salads, we will use your ideas. Besinos

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      ยกGracias, espero que os guste! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} October 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Looks like a lovely fall-ish salad. And good luck on your exam ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Josefine! I think I did it well *I think* ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Joanne October 23, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Big bowls of salad like this make me super happy and can definitely help calm your nerves! Good luck lady!

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you so much! I think I did well in the exam c:

  • Reply Anita bloch October 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    We just enjoyed Marmolado in Barcelona and found the recipe on your site. What is the easiest way to get your site in English and our measurements?

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      What’s marmolado, though? And do you mean the measures in cups and tbsp.? Because I think there are a lot of translators around the web, but I usually use grams because it’s what works better for me! I wish I could be more helpful!

  • Reply Dolega October 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Me gusta mucho la pinta que tiene. el beicon en las ensaldas les da un punto estupendo.

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Muchas gracias y un besazo c:

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    What a pretty salad!! Love the addiction of bacon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Thank you, Ashley! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl October 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Amazing photos! I want that purple plate so bad… I must find one like it. And the recipe sounds so good. Butternut squash and bacon, mmmmm….

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you! I wish I could help but I bought the purple one in Madrid, in “El Corte Inglรฉs”, so I don’t think it’s available in the UK ๐Ÿ™ But I hope you frind a similar one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Johlene October 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Consuelo I love the idea of butternut and bacon together in a salad.. it sounds absolutely devine!!
    Youยดre sรณ right the smell of bacon makes me happy ๐Ÿ™‚ Xx

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      It smells like heaven, doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks!

  • Reply Amy October 24, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Aw, I hope your computer gets fixed soon! or you get a new one. This combo sounds so yummy and perfect for fall!

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Amy! :–)

  • Reply Laurel y Menta October 24, 2013 at 12:23 am

    No sabrรญamos decir quรฉ ingrediente nos gusta mรกs, nos parece una ensalada deliciosa.
    Venga, ya verรกs cรณmo maรฑana te sale bien el exรกmen, mucha suerte, guapรญsima.
    Besos.

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      ยกMuchรญsimas gracias, chicas! La verdad es que creo que ha ido bien ๐Ÿ˜‰ Un beso

  • Reply shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com October 24, 2013 at 1:21 am

    This is one gorgeous salad!!! THIS is my idea of a partay in my mouth!!!
    Sorry about your computer, Consuelo.

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      It’s a perfect flavor party ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks!

  • Reply Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron October 24, 2013 at 2:00 am

    This salad looks amazing! I love everything in it, especially the butternut squash and of course the BACON! Good luck on your exam!

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you so much, Ruby!! I think I did well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Ashley October 24, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Good luck on your exam! This salad does sound amazing – I am ALL about butternut squash right now … and with the asparagus and cheese and walnuts … so good!

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you so much, Ashley! I think I did well, let’s wait for the results now ๐Ÿ˜‰ So happy you like it! x

  • Reply cindyeikenberg October 24, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Consuelo, what a fresh and delicious salad! I’m taking your advice and making this soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you are taking care of yourself. Pinning and be well!

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks for pinning, Cindy! And I hope you’ll like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply anecdotesandapples October 24, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Yes, bacon does make most everything better! And this salad looks like the perfect way to showcase it. I’m sorry about your computer though. No fun! Here’s to rest and energy, my friend!

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      It truly does ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you so much, dear! x

  • Reply caileejoy October 24, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Wow these salads look nothing short of AMAZING!! Being in college, I’m limited in my healthy choices, but I have to saw, we have a pretty good salad bar and I’m super thankful for that! Nothing as gourmet and delicious as this though!! Very inspiring!

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      A salad bar sounds amazing! I hope you get to try this soon though ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!!

  • Reply Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 24, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Your hardworking attitude is definitely infectious! Hope your computer situation gets resolve soon. Meantime, I’m gawking over this deliciousness ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Aww, thank you so much Kiran ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen October 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Consuelo, this salad looks AMAZING! It’s breakfast time here right now, but I could totally eat this for breakfast. That new camera is working for you – your photography is fantastic! Love!

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      I could eat it for breakfast too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you so much, you made me so happy! xx

  • Reply Cindy October 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I finally found butternut squash at the market! I’m so excited. I love butternut squash in a salad. You salad looks amazing! Great pictures too ๐Ÿ˜€ Can’t wait to try!

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Yay, I’m so happy for you! Thank you so much, Cindy! ^^

  • Reply holly ; the hobbit kitchen October 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    oooh this looks absolutely perfect! you’re so right – there’s no meal that bacon can’t improve ๐Ÿ™‚ lovely post!
    the hobbit kitchen x

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Thanks Holly! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply blahnikbaker October 24, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    You are such a hard worker! I really admire you and your dedication. As for your awesome meals and post…well you know how I feel about them already. Always superb :). This salad is happening this weekend!

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Aww, thank you so much! Your sweet comments make my day. I hope you’ll love it ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply All in a Soiree October 24, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    This salad looks incredible

    • Reply Consuelo October 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Two Healthy Kitchens October 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Yep – this looks like just the thing to make hectic days better! What a brilliant, flavorful combination! If only it could also make your computer better! Thanks for another amazing recipe! And I really hope your biochem exam went well yesterday! ~Shelley

    • Reply Consuelo October 25, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you so much, Shelley! Aw, I wish it could mend my computer too haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife October 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    GOOD LUCK on your exam! You are going to rock it. Also, you stuffed this salad with some of my favorite things. Flavor party is right!

    • Reply Consuelo October 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Yeah, I forgot to add a link to your blog because I got the inspiration from your farro salad. I’m so sorry! I’ll be adding it right now though. And thank you so much Erin! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife October 26, 2013 at 12:18 am

    So when I read this the first time, I totally missed the shout out! You are just the best. This makes my day!

    • Reply Consuelo October 26, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Aww, I just wrote it though haha I had meant to add it when I was planning my post, but I forgot ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Allie BakingAMoment October 26, 2013 at 2:18 am

    I love a warm salad at this time of year, & the flavors in this one sound spot on! Sorry you’re going through such a rough time, sweetie. Hang in there. *hugs*

    • Reply Consuelo October 26, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Aw, thank you so much dear! Hugs to you too :-*

  • Reply Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com October 26, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Bacon makes everything better! And the only thing that makes bacon better is spiced nuts in a delicious fall salad! Consuelo, this is gorgeous!

    • Reply Consuelo October 26, 2013 at 10:44 am

      It definitely does! Thank you Elizabeth ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Cheryl King October 27, 2013 at 6:54 am

    So beautiful and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on Best of the Weekend!

    • Reply Consuelo October 27, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Cheryl! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner October 31, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I love getting creative with salads because they tend to be so boring. The butternut squash gives it a lovely Fall touch and you can never go wrong with adding bacon (unless you’re a vegetarian of course). This salad is gorgeous and looks like something I’d get from a fancy restaurant. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo October 31, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Aww, thank you so much Tina! I’m super happy you like it ๐Ÿ˜€

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