Warm Squash Salad with Chevre, Dried Cherries & Pepitas

I developed this rustic, hearty salad to showcase fall flavors (with a tangy-sweet final taste of summer, courtesy of the cherries); one of the things I love about it is its versatility. Try swapping feta, blue cheese or pecorino for the chevre; use sweet potatoes or yams in place of squash, and try hazelnuts or pecans instead of pepitas.
By | October 20, 2016

Ingredients

vinaigrette
  • 3-4 tablespoons Good-quality Sherry vinegar
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil (I add to taste, as I prefer a more acidic dressing)
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot
  • Pinch Kosher salt
Salad
  • 1 small butternut squash, 1 large acorn squash or 2 delicata squash, peeled (you can skip this step for the delicata), halved, seeds removed
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups Arugula
  • 4 ounces dried cherries (try to find ones that don’t have added sugar)
  • ½ cup pepitas, toasted
  • 4 ounces chevre, crumbled

Preparation

For the vinaigrette

1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or Mason jar with lid and whisk or shake to combine.

For the salad

1. Preheat oven to 450°. Cut squash into 1-inch cubes and place in large bowl. Toss with just enough olive oil to coat and season with salt and pepper. Place squash in single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast until golden brown and tender.

2. While squash cools, combine arugula and cherries in a large bowl and toss with enough vinaigrette to lightly coat leaves. Gently fold in squash and toss with your hands to combine.

This salad is best plated individually. Place a handful of greens and squash on each of four plates, and garnish with chevre and pepitas.

Ingredients

vinaigrette
  • 3-4 tablespoons Good-quality Sherry vinegar
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil (I add to taste, as I prefer a more acidic dressing)
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot
  • Pinch Kosher salt
Salad
  • 1 small butternut squash, 1 large acorn squash or 2 delicata squash, peeled (you can skip this step for the delicata), halved, seeds removed
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups Arugula
  • 4 ounces dried cherries (try to find ones that don’t have added sugar)
  • ½ cup pepitas, toasted
  • 4 ounces chevre, crumbled
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