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Pecans for Holiday Flavor: Roasted Acorn Squash Salad Recipe

Pecans for Holiday Flavor: Roasted Acorn Squash Salad Recipe

Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Squash:

1 small acorn squash

1 tablespoon olive oil

¼ teaspoon sea salt

Dressing:

½ cup raw pecan pieces

¼ cup olive or pecan oil

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon maple syrup

¼ teaspoon sea salt

Salad:

3-4 handfuls baby spinach

1½ cups cooked farro

1 medium shallot, thinly sliced

1 ounce crumbled goat cheese

 

Instructions

Heat oven to 425 F.

To create base, slice small part of one side of squash. Trim ends from squash, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out sides. Place cut-side down and cut squash into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place on sheet tray and toss with olive or pecan oil and salt. Roast until squash and peels are tender, 30-40 minutes.

While squash is roasting, heat small skillet over medium heat. Add pecans and toast, shaking pan, until nuts are fragrant. Transfer 1/3 cup of pecans to bowl and reserve remaining pecans for topping. Add oil, vinegar, maple syrup and salt while nuts are still warm. Stir vigorously and set aside.

In large bowl, combine spinach, farro, shallot, half the squash and half the dressing. Toss to combine then lay remaining squash on top of salad. Drizzle with remaining dressing and sprinkle with goat cheese and remaining toasted pecans before serving. Note: Acorn squash skin is edible but needs roasting long enough to make it tender. If unsure, use delicata squash or skinless butternut squash.

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