Fall Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Spicy Pepitas

 

This Fall Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Spicy Pepitas Salad is one of my favorite salads of all time. We make this salad for ourselves throughout fall and for get togethers all through the holiday season!
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Fall Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Spicy Pepitas

The Salad:

Deep greens, sweet roasted butternut squash, spicy pepitas, dried cranberries and asiago, all drizzled with a maple vinaigrette! And you can serve this salad cool or warm with the squash right out of the oven.

Fall Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Spicy Pepitas

Working With Butternut Squash:

Working with butternut squash can be a chore unless you have the right tools! You need a sharp knife and a “Y” peeler (like this). These two tools make this job a snap!

How to handle butternut squash

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 The Spicy Pepitas:

These spicy pepitas (pumpkin seeds) really add a lot of flavor to this salad. Simply squeeze with a little lime juice, sprinkle with spices and pop in the oven for a few minutes! That said if you want to keep it simple you can use good old fashioned roasted salted pepitas.

Fall Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Spicy Pepitas

The Recipe: Fall Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Spicy Pepitas

Tips and what you will need: to easily work with butternut squash you will need a “Y” peeler and a good, sharp knife. I use this knife and love it.

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Fall Greens with Roasted Butternut Squash and Spicy Pepitas
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Deep greens, sweet roasted butternut squash, spicy pepitas, dried cranberries and asiago, all drizzled with a maple vinaigrette! And you can serve this salad cool or warm with the squash right out of the oven.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, easy lunch recipe, light recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
Roasted Spicy Pepitas:
  • 1 cup raw pepitas pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chile or chili powder where to buy
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt where to buy
  • 1/2 T fresh squeezed lime juice
Butternut squash:
  • 1 ½ lb butternut squash peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes I use this knife
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T real maple syrup
Salad:
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • Asiago cheese shaved using a y peeler so the slices are thin and curved
  • Roasted spicy pepitas see recipe below
  • Dried cranberries
Dressing:
  • 1 med shallot minced
  • 2 T balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 T cider vinegar where to buy
  • 2 t Dijon mustard
  • 3 T maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 t sea salt where to buy
  • 1/2 t pepper
Instructions
Make pepitas ahead:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place rack in upper third of oven.
  2. Place all ingredients together in a bowl, toss and then spread on a cookie sheet. Bake, shaking pan once or twice, until lightly browned, 6-8 minutes.
Butternut Squash:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place rack in upper third of oven. Drizzle prepared butternut squash with oil and real maple syrup and toss with salt and pepper. Place on cookie sheet covered with unbleached parchment paper. Roast for 40-50 minutes or until squash is soft and edges are brown. Allow to cool.
Dressing:
  1. In a small bowl combine all ingredients and whisk. Dress salad.

Salad:
  1. Tear lettuces into bite size pieces and place on a platter. Add spinach, cooled squash, spicy pumpkin seeds and toss with dressing. Plate and shave Asiago onto each helping. Serve.

I have no doubt you will love this salad as much as I do! ~ Linda Spiker

 

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  2. Love the combinations here. Butternut squash is a favourite and I love to pair it with pepitas (make a soup that does this!) so I am going to make the salad for sure.. Roasted squash, greens and spicy pepitas?
    YES Please!!

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