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Did you know that butternut squash is technically a fruit? Yes, it is because it has seeds! This fruit is a wonderful heart-healthy choice.

Butternut squash is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. It is also low in fat and high in dietary fiber. The recommended daily amount of fiber is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men (After age 50, your daily fiber needs drops to 21 grams for women and 30 grams for men). You can meet your daily fiber needs with 2 cups of fruits and 2.5 cups of vegetables every day.

Add onto that that butternut squash is also a good source of potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. So, what are you waiting for? Add this vegetable — we mean fruit — to your diet today with this tasty recipe!

Butternut Squash Confetti Salad

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  • 1butternut squash (about 2.5 pounds)
  • 1/2cupdried cranberries or cherries
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2cupolive oil
  • 1 1/2Tbspbalsamic vinegar
  • 1/4cupmaple syrup
  • 1/2tspcinnamon
  • 2Tbspdijon mustard
  • 3Tbspwater
  • 1/4tspsalt
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Grate the raw butternut squash using the largest holes of a box grater.
  2. Combine the squash, dried cranberries or cherries, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Add dressing to taste. Toss, taste, and adjust the seasoning.
  4. Combine all of the dressing ingredients except the pepper in a mixing bowl.
  5. Add pepper, to taste.
  6. Shake well. Toss the dressing with the salad. Adjust seasonings if necessary.
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Recipe source: flavorsofthesun.blogspot.com

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