Now that the seasons are changing from summer to fall, it’s a great time to change our eating habits as well.
Eating seasonally does not mean gorging yourself on pumpkin muffins and gingerbread lattes. Simply put, it means save your berries for the summer and eat your root veggies now. It’s also good for the environment, your health, and your wallet.
So let’s talk squash salad…
My lovely farm share sent us a ton of squash, so I decided to roast them. I recently learned that you can actually eat the skin on roasted squash. Cool, right? It goes soft and sticky and more importantly, you don’t have to peel the darn thing! Edible varieties (that I’ve tried) include butternut and acorn.
I roasted the squash in a sweet and tangy apricot glaze, and tossed it while it was still warm with mixed greens and a lemon vinaigrette. Oh, how I love warm wilted salads.
The vinaigrette enhanced the apricot flavor and helped to cut through the richness of the squash. I finished it off with a scattering of pomegranate seeds and some fat manchego shavings. It was fall in a bowl.
So the next time you’re at the market, check out what seasonal veggies they have to offer. And if you’re feeling uninspired, email me. We’ll make dinner together!
- 2 heaped tbsp. apricot jam or quince paste
- 2 heaped tbsp. whole grainy mustard
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 2 acorn squash
- 4 handfuls of mixed greens
- 1 c. pomegranate seeds
- ¾ c. manchego shavings
- 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- ⅓ c. good quality olive oil
- salt & pepper
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice the squash, un peeled, into wedges discarding the seeds. You should be able to get 16 wedges total.
- Mix together the apricot jam, mustard, and olive oil and coat the squash with the glaze.
- Spread evenly onto the baking sheet and season with salt and pepper.
- Roast for about 20 minutes or until tender.
- While the squash is roasting, make the vinaigrette. Whisk the lemon juice and the olive oil together until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
- When the squash is done, wait 5 minutes for it to cool slightly.
- In a large bowl toss the squash, mixed greens and some of the vinaigrette together. Give it a taste and adjust with more vinaigrette, salt and/or pepper.
- Add the pomegranate seeds.
- With a vegetable peeler, shave some fat strips of manchego over the top.
- Enjoy with a nice glass of white wine.