Fall Harvest Salad
This salad epitomizes fall flavors, with its chunks of butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, pecans and greens. The easiest way to peel the butternut squash is with a sturdy U-peeler (named for its wide, U-shaped handle), which is available at most supermarkets.
Active: 25 min
Total Time: 40 min
Yield: 10 Servings Ready in 45 minutes
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|1/4 cupvegetable oil; plus 3 tablespoons preferably peanut|
|2 cupbutternut squash; peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes|
|Salt ~~amp pepper; and black pepper|
|2 tablespoonsherry vinegar|
|1 tablespoontarragon; coarsely chopped|
|1 tablespoonitalian parsley; chopped|
|10 ounces mixed salad greens or mesclun|
|1 cuppecans; coarsely chopped|
|1/2 cuppumpkin seeds; roasted|
Fall Harvest Salad Preparation
1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the squash in an even layer, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat until browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Turn the squash cubes and cook over moderately low heat until browned on the other side and just tender, about 7 minutes.
2. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar with the tarragon, parsley and the remaining 5 tablespoons of oil; season the dressing with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the salad greens with the pecans, pumpkin seeds and roasted squash. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Serve the salad right away.
The dressing can be kept at room temperature for up to 2 hours. The cooked squash can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before using in the salad.
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