Roasted Squash Caprese Salad

Posted on: October 3, 2022. Updated on: July 11, 2023.

by Carolina Gelen

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Caprese salads don’t have to vanish after summer. Instead of the traditional heirloom tomatoes, this recipe uses seasonal roasted squash. The sweet, soft, slightly charred squash is paired with fresh mozzarella cheese slices, basil, balsamic vinegar and roasted garlic oil for a show-stopping dinner starter.

Roasted Squash Caprese Salad

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Servings: 4 to 6
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes


  • 1 small acorn squash, sliced into 2-3 cm or 1 inch-thick slices
  • 1 head of garlic, top sliced off
  • 400 g fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic vinegar glaze
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt


  1. Heat the oven to 425°F or 220°C.
  2. Place the acorn squash slices on a baking sheet, in a single layer. Drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil all over, sprinkle with salt and toss to evenly coat. Place the garlic on a square of aluminum foil. Generously drizzle with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Wrap the garlic head in aluminum foil and place it next to the squash. Roast the squash for 35 to 40 minutes, until softened and slightly charred on the edges.
  3. Squeeze out the roasted garlic cloves in a bowl, mix with a couple of glugs olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Layer the roasted squash, mozzarella, and basil on a plate. Drizzle the roasted garlic oil and balsamic glaze all over them. Finish the salad with a sprinkle of flaky salt on top.

Carolina Gelen

I speak 5 languages, but my favorite way to communicate is through the universal language of food. I translate food to be more approachable and accessible for the everyday cook. I didn't grow up with a lot, so I’ve always loved thrifting and finding a good sale. That also shapes my approach to cooking: I try to make most of my recipes as affordable as possible, and that is what my SCRAPS newsletter is about. Every two weeks I will send an exclusive recipe to your inbox. Subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and website.

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2 thoughts on "Roasted Squash Caprese Salad"

  1. Erika Floysvik says:

    What an amazing idea! I’m going to try this on the weekend for our Canadian Thanksgiving. I can’t eat garlic so I wondered if you had any alternative flavour options. Thank you!!

    1. Carolina says:

      Thanks Erika, the basil and balsamic add so much flavor, the garlic is completely optional. You could omit it entirely and still have a delicious dish. If you’re looking for other alternatives maybe some roasted shallots will do the job 🙂