Arugula-Squash Salad

This warm, flavorful dish isn't your typical salad.

arugula spaghetti squash salad

Carson Downing

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs

In this warm wilted salad the mild spaghetti squash mostly contributes texture. A smoked paprika brown butter dressing and toasted everything-bagel-spiced cashews bring all the flavor. With spaghetti squash being perfectly in season—don't miss this opportunity to create a delicious pre-entrée course that will have your guests begging for more.


  • 1 2- to 2 1/2 lb spaghetti squash

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews

  • 2 Tbsp. everything bagel seasoning

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, warmed, or olive oil

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 5-6 oz fresh arugula

  • 1 tbsp lemon zest and juice


  1.  Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Place squash cut sides down on a parchment- or foil-lined baking sheet. Bake until squash collapses when pushed with a finger, 40 to 45 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl toss together cashews, bagel seasoning, coconut oil, and a pinch of salt. Spread mixture evenly on a baking sheet. Bake along with squash until nuts are toasted, 7 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

  3. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium-high until foamy. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the milk solids start to brown, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add paprika to the butter.

  4. When squash is tender, remove it from the oven and let stand until cool enough to touch. Scoop the seeds out of the squash and discard. Scoop the warm flesh into a large bowl. Add the paprika-browned butter and a big pinch of salt. Fluff with a fork.

  5.  Add the arugula, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and lemon zest and juice to the warm squash. Toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Garnish with the seasoned cashews. Serves 6.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

229 Calories
18g Fat
16g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 228.6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17.7g 23%
Saturated Fat 8.1g 41%
Cholesterol 20.3mg 7%
Sodium 1616.4mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 16.4g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3.6g 13%
Total Sugars 5.4g
Protein 4.8g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Vitamin C 10.6mg 53%
Calcium 94.4mg 7%
Iron 2.5mg 14%
Potassium 397.7mg 8%
Fatty acids, total trans 0.3g
Vitamin D 0IU
Alanine 0.2g
Arginine 0.4g
Ash 5.5g
Aspartic acid 0.4g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 25.2mcg
Choline, total 17.3mg
Copper, Cu 0.4mg
Cystine 0.1g
Energy 956.7kJ
Fluoride, F 0.3mcg
Folate, total 41.4mcg
Glutamic acid 0.9g
Glycine 0.2g
Histidine 0.1g
Isoleucine 0.2g
Leucine 0.3g
Lysine 0.2g
Methionine 0.1g
Magnesium, Mg 79.2mg
Manganese, Mn 0.6mg
Niacin 1.6mg
Phosphorus, P 135.2mg
Pantothenic acid 0.8mg
Phenylalanine 0.2g
Phytosterols 3.9mg
Proline 0.2g
Retinol 63.5mcg
Selenium, Se 3.9mcg
Serine 0.2g
Starch 3.8g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0.1g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.9mg
Tryptophan 0.1g
Tyrosine 0.1g
Valine 0.2g
Vitamin A, IU 1246.1IU
Vitamin A, RAE 116mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 38.9mcg
Water 164.5g
Zinc, Zn 1.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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