Warm Butternut Squash Salad

This is a absolute natural combination. Butternut squash and apple cider vinaigrette. I think many folks are looking for other ways to use this squash other than to bake or roast it as a side or to soup it.

Winter lettuce bolting

Winter lettuce, or Mesclun varieties are still hanging in there in the garden even with near freezing temps. Not a hard freeze but very chilling.

Winter Lettuce

Serves 4
Ingredients:
about 1 and 1/2 lbs Butternut squash cut in 3/4 inch cubes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons olive oil
Season salt and Pepper

Winter Greens, Romaine, Endive, Spinach, Chard, hearty varieties
1/2 onion diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup apple cider
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Garnish:
4- 6 minute boiled eggs
2 peeled and diced apples or pears
12 walnuts or pecans (toasted or candied)
1 cup canned or cooked black beans
shaved Parmesan cheese

ingredients for squash

Heat the oven to 400 degrees
Bring the water to a boil for eggs
Put the Butternut cubes in a large bowl add olive oil, vanilla, seasoning salt and pepper and toss.

Ready to Roast

Spread the cubes on a sheet pan, line with foil, parchment or silpat for easier clean up. Roast for 15 -20 minutes till just tender. Meanwhile boil the eggs then place in cold water.

Roasted Squash
Winter lettuce, Romaine, curly endive and red leaf romaine, Pak Choi

Here are some of my winter lettuce varieties, Romaine, Red Romaine, Curly Endive, Pak Choi that I will use in this warm salad. Rinse and dry and place in a large stainless bowl

For the dressing, saute the onion in the olive oil till tender, add the apple cider, apple cider vinegar and mustard, bring to a simmer and reduce by half. Reserve to a jar or cup that you can pour from.

Warm cider vinaigrette

Pour the warm dressing onto the greens a little at a time till just coated. Not too much and not too little.

Finished Salad

Add the warm squash, beans, pears and boiled egg, and the shaved Parmesan cheese. Enjoy the wonderful flavors!