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Baked Butternut Squash with Thousand Island Dipping Sauce

by | May 22, 2019

Butternut squash must make it to the diet list of all vegans. This particular vegetable is a rich source of vitamins and fiber. The end product is a sweet and savory dish that is a versatile raw material for many comfort food dishes. Today I will be sharing a very simple yet appetizing baked dish prepared with this humble ingredient.

Baked Butternut Squash with Thousand Island Dipping Sauce
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Baked Butternut Squash with Vegan Thousand Island Dipping Sauce


  • Butternut squash: 1 medium size; cut into cubes
  • Olive oil: for dressing
  • Kosher salt: to taste
  • Black pepper: ½ teaspoon
  • White pepper: 1/4th teaspoon
  • Cilantro: 1 tablespoon; chopped
  • Cumin powder: 1/4th tablespoon
  • Organic sugar: 1 teaspoon

For the dipping sauce:

  • Vegan mayonnaise- ½ cup
  • Tomato sauce- 1 tablespoon
  • Dried basil- ½ teaspoon
  • Cucumber: finely chopped; ½ tablespoon
  • Lime juice- ½ teaspoon
  • Red bell pepper- finely chopped one tablespoon
  • Paprika Powder-half teaspoon
  • Orange zest- ½ teaspoon


  • Preheat oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Now poke the cubed butternut squash with a fork. This will allow the seasoning to seep inside.
  • Drizzle olive oil, salt, black and white pepper, and cumin powder and marinade for half an hour.
  • Grease the baking sheet. Spread the marinated butternut squash keeping space in between.
  • Add the sugar and cilantro before turning on the oven. Sugar will give a subtle caramelized flavor to the squash.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes first. Now turn the sides and bake for another 5 minutes or until completely done.
  •  For the dipping sauce mix the vegan mayo with the rest of the ingredient. Whisk until blended to a smooth sauce.
  • Serve hot with a small bowl of the dipping sauce and win hearts of all ages.

This recipe is a classic brunch starter. And the best part, you can use the vegan Thousand Island as a dressing as well as a dip. Your guests will literally drool over the simple yet peppy dish and keep wanting more. Do try and share the recipe with your friends.

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Debayan Paul

Digital Writer | West Bengal, India | [email protected]



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