Fall Harvest Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Fall Harvest Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

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Making the perfect salad is like walking a tightrope- it's all about balance and marrying contrasting colors, textures and sweet and savory flavors.

Ingredients:

1 small butternut squash (1 ½ pounds), peeled, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cups mixed baby greens
½ head radicchio, thinly sliced
1 Belgian endive, thinly sliced
1 cup seedless red grapes, sliced in half
½ cup crumbled feta
½ cup chopped salted and roasted pistachios

Maple Vinaigrette
(makes about 1/2 cup)
½ small shallot, minced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon real maple syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F

Place the butternut squash on a sheet tray and drizzle with the oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss it all together. Roast for 30 minutes, giving the squash a good flip halfway through to ensure that it cooks evenly. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, make the maple vinaigrette: In a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the shallot, vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Shake well to combine; taste and adjust seasoning.

After the squash has cooled, get yourself a large serving bowl and combine half of the butternut squash (reserve the rest for another use or nibble on it while you're preppin' the salad), the mixed greens, radicchio, endive, grapes, feta, and pistachios. Drizzle with the maple vinaigrette and toss it all together real well. Serve it up immediately.

Cooking Tips

If your kids are adverse to sharp flavors, serve up their salad at the table before mixing in the bitter radicchio and endive. When Jack transitioned to table food, Brooke would roast butternut squash, put it through a processor, pour it into ice-cube trays and then freeze it so we'd always have some on hand.

Servings: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

from Jamie Deen's Good Food

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