SPICY BUTTERNUT SALAD

By • October 26, 2010 • 11 Comments



Author Notes: This is a "wake up and pay attention" kind of salad! The sweet squash is further sweetened and perked up with brown sugar and cayenne. The whole squash is utilized; even the seeds. Then it meets peppery arugula and an uncompromising dressing to match its' sweetness and spicy flavors. dymnyno

Serves 4 or more

  • 1 1 pounds butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons butternut squash seeds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 10 slices pancetta
  • pecorino cheese shavings
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon banyuls vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha chili sauce
  1. Peel the butternut squash and trim it so the rounds and circles are uniform and clean. Reserve the seeds and clean, rinse and dry them.
  2. In a large baggie, put the squash, olive oil, brown sugar, sea salt and cayenne. Shake it to evenly coat the squash.
  3. Remove the squash from the baggie and place on a silpat on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven at 350 for about 40 minutes until slightly carmelized.
  4. Toast the squash seeds with a little sea salt in a saute pan.
  5. Saute the pancetta until very crispy.
  6. Shave the pecorino cheese into curls with a vegetable peeler or a sharp knife.
  7. Mix the dressing: Sriracha sauce, banyuls vinegar, pomegranate molasses and olive oil.
  8. Toss the arugula with the dressing (to taste). Arrange on a plate.
  9. Arrange the butternut circles and dots in the arugula. Also arrange the pancetta in and on the arugula.
  10. Garnish with the toasted butternut seeds and the pecorino curls. Sprinkle with more dressing if needed.
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Tags: brown sugar, butternut squash, casual, cayenne, Salads, savory

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over 3 years ago themissingingredient

Made this for lunch today and everyone cleaned their plates!!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

I just found this one....with 171 entries last week, no doubt there were many I still have not noticed. But this looks delightfully spicey with all your special touches!

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almost 4 years ago lapadia

I love your recipe idea AND your presentation!

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almost 4 years ago onetribegourmet

Looks Delicious!

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almost 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks so delicious and so healthy, I'm going to try to make time to make it tomorrow! I love so many things about it including my favorite ingredients like pom molasses and sriracha. Great, great salad.

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almost 4 years ago foodfighter

I like the heat and squash combo

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This is really beautiful! I love that you made a salad!

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almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

This looks gorgeous and delicious! I'll definitely be trying this with one of my next little squashies!

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almost 4 years ago iuzzini

This is so beautiful!

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

OHHH yes, I took the pic before I put the pecorino cheese on. Don't forget the cheese.

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Looks delicious, along with your original touches...