As much as I love tradition, this may be the perfect alternative to the yam-marshmallow-butter mixture that everyone serves on Thanksgiving...which is controversial at most family tables. If you don't already love squash and sweet potatoes...you will after tasting this salad!
Here's the rough recipe:
Cube some butternut squash and sweet potatoes (both peeled), and place on a nonstick baking sheet with an onion, cut into half moon slices. Toss with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and cinnamon, then roast at 450 until fork-tender and browned on the edges.
In a large bowl, toss some baby spinach with a vinaigrette made from 2 parts apple cider vinegar, 1 part maple syrup, 1 part olive oil, and a small dollop of Dijon mustard. Lay coated spinach leaves on a large platter, then top with the squash mixture (while its still warm, so the spinach wilts a little) and sprinkle with toasted pecans and golden raisins. Yum!