Thursday, September 6, 2012

~Roasted Butternut Squash Salad~

I love butternut squash and saw this recipe 
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette
made by Ina Garten 
for the book 
Barefoot Contessa  
Back to Basics


  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) butternut squash, peeled and 3/4-inch) diced
  • Good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 ounces baby arugula, washed and spun dry
  • 1/2 cup walnuts halves, toasted
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the butternut squash on a sheet pan. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, the maple syrup, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and toss. Roast the squash for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until tender. Add the cranberries to the pan for the last 5 minutes.
While the squash is roasting, combine the apple cider, vinegar, and shallots in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the cider is reduced to about 1/4 cup. Off the heat, whisk in the mustard, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
Place the arugula in a large salad bowl and add the roasted squash mixture, the walnuts, and the grated Parmesan. Spoon just enough vinaigrette over the salad to moisten and toss well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

It was a easy recipe and tasted delicious. 
You have to try this one, especially with fresh butternut squash from your garden.
I made Teriyaki Chicken Thighs
the recipe from Ellie Krieger
 for the Food Network Channel.
It called for fresh ginger and Stan loves that,
 so I had to try it.
It was easy dinner with chow mein noodles
 and the salad.
 Scones for dessert. 
Some double dark chocolate mate tea.
It was a wonderful meal!


  1. Oh my...I can almost smell it! I love butternut squash! I love Ina, and I must make this!!!!!
    I am playing catch up after being w/o my laptop all week!
    XO Kris

  2. I'm coming over to your house for dinner! Everything looks just delicious!

  3. It looks verry delicious !! from

  4. This looks delicious! I need to try this! I wish I could eat this on the plane right now haha! Justin and I miss & love you!

  5. I love scones and that salad looks yummy. Thanks for stopping by my blog...Holly


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