Warm Acorn Squash Salad

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Full winter here in Austin! Yeah!!! I love cold weather and with it the delicious and comforting warm salads.
This scrumptious Warm Acorn Squash Salad is a great dish to keep up with the winter calories. If you know what I mean… I’m saving calories to spend them at Christmas… hehehe

Imagine a roasted wedge of acorn squash, topped with baby spinach watercress, green apples, toasted nuts, creamy goat cheese drizzled with a slightly warm lime-ginger-ancho chilli vinaigrette… super easy, and comforting. This recipe will make you crave salad in the winter.

So, keep warm and I hope you fall in love with this easy and healthy dinner. Enjoy

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Warm Acorn Squash Salad

Serves 4

1 acorn squash cut in 4 pieces
4 cups spinach
2 cups watercress
1 granny smith apple cut in long match sticks or similar.
¼ cup toasted chopped pecans
¼ cup salted toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
4-6 oz goat cheese

For the warm vinaigrette:

2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Agave nectar
1 teaspoon ancho chilli powder
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
The zest and juice of one lime
½ teaspoon salt

Preparation:

1. Place the 4 acorn squash segments in a baking sheet lined with parchment or aluminum foil, salt and pepper, Roast at 450F for about 25-30 minutes, checking half way thru, rotate the pan. And bake until fork tender.

Acorn-squash-warm-salad_roasted-acorn 2. In a salad bowl combine, the spinach, watercress, cut apples, toasted pecans, toasted pumpkin seeds.

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3.To make the vinaigrette:
Slightly warm the Extra Virgin Olive Oil (warm to the touch). Add agave nectar, ancho chili, ginger, lemon zest, lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of kosher salt, whisk until well combined. Or place all this ingredients into a small clean glass jar and shake. The warm oil will marry the flavors and develop the aromas, as well to cozy up your greens.

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4. Once the Acorn squash is roasted, toss the salad with some of the dressing, and top each acorn squash wedge with the salad.
5. Crumble some goat cheese and drizzle a little more of the vinaigrette.Enjoy!

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Warm Acorn Squash Salad…warm up!~

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5 Responses to Warm Acorn Squash Salad

  1. Dawn June 18, 2016 at 2:37 am #

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  2. Katie (The Muffin Myth) December 12, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    These look beautiful! I sadly live in a part of the world where acorn squash is super hard to find, but occasionally I get my hands on one, or a carnival squash, and make something very similar – minus the lime-ginger-ancho chilli vinaigrette. That sounds amazing! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Mariana McEnroe December 12, 2013 at 11:15 am #

      Thank you Katie! you can exchange the acorn squash for any other kind, I’m thinking it also would work with a roasted potato, or roasted sweet potato if that is easier to find where you live.
      buy a large one and cut it in half length wise, roast them and it will be delish! enjoy!

    • mariana_mcenroe December 12, 2013 at 11:33 am #

      Thank you Katie! you can exchange the acorn squash for any other kind, I’m thinking it also would work with a roasted potato, or roasted sweet potato if that is easier to find where you live.
      buy a large one and cut it in half length wise, roast them and it will be delish! enjoy!

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