Roasted Delicata, Apple and Arugula Salad with Avocado and Lemon Vinaigrette

By What We Eat Gals
September 17, 2018
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Author Notes: As a huge Fall fanatic, I am trying not to jump the gun and use every type of pumpkin, squash and gourd I can get my hands on. Summer is still here and its produce is still delicious. As a way to ease into the new season, I use an old summer recipe and swap just a few ingredients to make the perfect transition salad. In this particular recipe, I use squash and apples instead of corn and tomatoes. Enjoy!
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Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min

Ingredients

For the squash

  • 2 Delicata squash, halved, seeds removed and cut into 1 inch slices (No need to peel! The skin is the best part :))
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 pinch Red pepper flakes
  • A goog slug of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the salad

  • 5 ounces Arugula
  • 1 Honey crisp apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 Avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino, shaved (optional)
  • 1 Lemon, zest and juice
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place delicata on a parchment lined sheet tray and drizzle with olive oil, honey, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Gently toss and spread the squash in one layer for even cooking. Roast for 35-40 minutes, being sure to flip halfway through. You want the squash to be well caramalized on the outside, yet soft in the middle. Set aside to cool.
  2. While the squash is cooling, prepare the vinaigrette by whisking together lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  3. When you are ready to eat, layer cooled squash with arugula, avocado, apple slices, toasted almonds, shaved Pecorino (optional) and lemon zest. Dress the whole salad with vinaigrette to taste and gently toss. Enjoy!

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