Fall Pasta Salad with Butternut Squash and Creamy Lemon Dressing

Maria Marlowe


Looking for an alternative to traditional fall side dishes? This hearty pasta salad dish is a unique way to enjoy the season’s harvest, with fresh lacinato kale, butternut squash and button mushrooms. The easy homemade lemon dressing is made with a tahini base and fresh lemon juice, turning every bite into a creamy delight. In fact, it’s so delightful and hearty, it could easily secure the main spot on your table as a vegetarian meal! 


Butternut squash pasta salad in bowl with fork


Butternut squash pasta salad in bowl with fork
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Fall Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Course Side Dish
Keyword pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 614.35 kcal


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups butternut squash peeled and cut in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cups button mushrooms, quartered or sliced thin (about 2 medium, 5-6 small)
  • 4 cups lacinato kale, stem removed and sliced thin
  • ¼ tsp. pink salt
  • 1 package gluten-free spiral pasta

Creamy Lemon Dressing


  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to directions.
  2. Meanwhile, saute the veggies by heating a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil, then garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant, then add butternut squash. Cover and cook for 5 minutes before adding mushrooms and kale, then add salt. Cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. When pasta is done, drain and add to skillet; stir well. Turn off heat.

  4. To make the lemon dressing: In a small bowl, add all ingredients and whisk together with a fork until smooth and creamy. Pour over pasta and veggies; mix well to coat.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have (or don't prefer) butternut squash, swap with sweet potato!

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Nutrition Facts
Fall Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 614.35 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3.25g16%
Sodium 374.82mg16%
Potassium 640.63mg18%
Carbohydrates 100.87g34%
Fiber 5.11g20%
Sugar 3.09g3%
Protein 17.52g35%
Vitamin A 9553.98IU191%
Vitamin C 51.5mg62%
Calcium 102.25mg10%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.