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Holiday Salad with Caramelized Delicata Squash and Fresh Sage Vinaigrette {Paleo & GAPS}

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Main Dishes, Whole Food Recipes 18 Comments

The salad I share here has it all: color, caramelized veggies, sweet and savory, crunchy and soft, warm and cold- yumm! All the contrasts, even the temperature contrasts, bring mouthfeel and whole body pleasure– as well as nutrition!

We eat a lot of main dish salads in winter, more so than in summer time. My favorite salads have roasted veggies on top. And either some excellent cheese, like chevre or Israeli fresh feta, or fruit. I love to roast or saute a generous amount of meat or fish (often ahead of time) and use it on top- last minute protein with a delicious cornucopia of seasonal produce. So you can take this holiday salad and easily make it into a weeknight meal, by topping it with your protein of choice!

(This salad also celebrates my new camera. I am SO thankful to be able to bring you, now, more beautiful photographs of the food I love to cook, serve and eat.)

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Of course, the centerpiece in all of these photos is the squash. Let’s talk delicata!

It ranks at the top of winter squash, as far as sweetness and overall yumminess. Kind of like kale chips, once you roast these little slices, they’re easy to keep popping in your mouth. They caramelize willingly. I recorded a short Periscope video. It’s my tutorial on how to caramelize delicata, if you’d like to watch.

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Holiday Salad with Caramelized Delicata Squash and Fresh Sage Vinaigrette {Paleo & GAPS}

Ingredients

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, depending on how big they are, or 8-10 cups field greens, loosely packed
  • 1 recipe Caramelized Delicata Squash (see recipe below)
  • 1 cup sprouted pecans
  • 5 oz. frozen raspberries, partially defrosted, or fresh, if in season
  • 4 oz. chevre or feta cheese (choose an aged cheese, if GAPS; or a raw feta, if you can find one)
  • 1 recipe Sage Vinaigrette (see recipe below)

Instructions

  1. Toss greens with vinaigrette, using desired amount, less or more according to taste.
  2. Fill individual salad plates or a huge platter with dressed greens.
  3. Arrange the toppings artistically on top.
  4. Serve.
http://eatbeautiful.net/2015/12/06/winterautumn-salad-with-caramelized-delicata-squash/

 

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Caramelized Delicata Squash
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5-10 servings, depending on portion sizes 10 minutes
Cook Time
55 minutes
Caramelized Delicata Squash
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5-10 servings, depending on portion sizes 10 minutes
Cook Time
55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5-10 servings, depending on portion sizes 10 minutes
Cook Time
55 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings, depending on portion sizes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place 1-2 delicata squash in oven whole, directly on the baking rack. Bake for 25 minutes.
  3. Remove whole squash carefully, using hot pad. Place on cutting board and slice length-wise. Scoop out seeds. Slice 1/3" thick.
  4. Toss in about 2 T. avocado oil or melted tallow, depending on quantity of squash. Spread out evenly on baking sheet(s), in a single layer. Bake 15 minutes.
  5. Flip each 1/2-ring over. Bake additional 10-15 minutes, depending on oven, until squash is browned perfectly on both sides.
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Fresh Sage Vinaigrette
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1-1/8 cups 10 minutes
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  1. Place all ingredients in a mason jar or bowl. Put on lid, and shake vigorously; or whisk to combine. Alternately, place all ingredients in the blender for a more emulsified texture, blending for 15 seconds.
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  • I love delicato squash. Will this recipe work with ordinary squash too?

  • Megan Stevens

    Not AS beautifully. It will still be good and work; but delicata is uniquely sweet and uniquely predisposed to caramelize. Thanks for the question!

  • Renee Kohley

    Ohhh I love that roasted squash up top – my very favorite too! This is just beautiful!

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    This looks so good! I am such a huge fan of Delicata squash salads now because of you. xo BEAUTIFUL photos!!!

  • linda spiker

    This salad looks so beautiful! Love the pictures too.

  • Jessica from SimplyHealthyHome

    Oh yum! I bet this is amazing. The pictures are beautiful too.

  • thefoodhunter

    I’m loving everything about this salad! I can’t wait to try making it.

  • Kath

    Lurve roasted squash! This salad looks epic, and your photos are gorgeous!

  • That vinaigrette sounds amazing! I love fresh sage!!!

  • Megan Stevens

    Me too! It’s my new staple dressing, and it keeps getting compliments. Yay!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thank you!!

  • Megan Stevens

    Wonderful!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thank you, Jessica!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thank you!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay!! Thank you!!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thank you, Renee! It IS so good!

  • eatplaylovemore

    This looks and sounds outstanding! I love the inclusion of delicata but I especially can’t wait to try the dressing! Thanks!

  • Megan Stevens

    Great, thank you! Yes, the dressing! It’s super versatile for other salads, too. Enjoy.