Winter Squash Salad
This is a really tasty dish, and a favorite in our house. Very autumnal. You could substitute raisins for the dates in a pinch. Garam Masala is a delicious Indian spice that is made from many ingredients all good Minnesotans love, such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, and cumin. At your local co-op, try buying small portions of new spices –a perfect way to experiment!
½ small winter squash, (such as acorn) seeded, and cut into ½” slices*
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. maple syrup
1½ Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. fig, apricot, or stone fruit jam
1 tsp. honey
⅛ tsp. garam masala
½ c. dates, chopped into small pieces (substitutes: dried apricots, raisins, cranberries, apples)
¼ c. unsalted pistachios (again, you can buy small quantities at the co-op)
A couple of large handfuls of greens
Preheat oven to 425°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the olive oil and maple syrup, and toss with the squash slices until coated. Season with salt.
Place slices on prepared baking sheet and roast until tender and browned– about 20-30 min. Turn once during roasting time. Cool slightly when done.
Meanwhile, whisk together the lime juice, jam, honey, and garam masala in a large bowl. Season with salt. Toss the squash, dates, nuts, and greens with the lime dressing and enjoy!
*if using a larger squash, use only a quarter of the squash
Recipe created or adapted by Liz Talley, Urban Graze
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