Fall is here and that means squash is here. Most people are focused on the pumpkin right now, but let's not forget about the other squashes: acorn, spaghetti, and of course, butternut. Butternut squash is inexpensive, and yields A LOT of food. Ali from Gimme Some Oven taught us how to properly peel and chop the squash, and it was much easier than it looks.
This salad is dedicated to fall by using in-season ingredients, like squash, pomegranate, and pumpkin seeds. It's earthy and hearty, but not heavy. The dressing is a simple red wine vinegar and honey mixture. It could be a side salad or your whole meal.
Fall Salad with Butternut Squash, Pomegranate, and Pumpkin Seeds
serves 3-4 as a side, 1-2 as a main
- Half of a butternut squash
- 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1 pomegranate, seeded
- 5 oz spring mix leaves
- 1 small bunch kale
- 1 chicken breast
- 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- Salt & Pepper
Preheat the oven to 350º. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper, and bake 20-25 minutes, until cooked through. Once cooled, slice into thin pieces.
Change oven temperature to 425º. Peel and chop your butternut squash. You'll only be using half of the amount the squash yields, so save the other half for something else (like soup or a sauce for spaghetti). Line a baking sheet with tinfoil, and spread squash evenly on the surface. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss with a spoon or spatula to make sure pieces are evenly coated. Roast for about 20 minutes, or until they are easy to pierce with a fork. Let cool.
The steps above can be done ahead to save time.
Tear kale leaves away from the stem into bite sized pieces. Place kale in a large bowl with spring greens. In a small bowl, combine red wine vinegar, honey, oil, and salt and pepper. Whisk until combined. Dress the leaves, pouring a little at a time. You don't want to have a pool of dressing at the bottom of your bowl. If you do, hold the lettuce back and pour extra dressing out.
Add butternut squash, pomegranate, and pumpkin seeds. Toss to combine.