Butternut Squash, Apple, and Walnut Salad

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Butternut Squash, Apples, and Walnuts2We are making a slow transition to Fall  around here; last week was all about comforting bowl of slow cooked daal and chugging the best pumpkin pie smoothie. Around this time of the year, I tend to lean heavily on comfort food and shy away from salads (or anything green) because Fall! So to avert the salad crisis, I got inspired by Fall-ish ingredients such as butternut squash, sweet apples, and walnuts which are deliciously captured in this salad.Butternut Squash, Apples, and WalnutsI have a bit of a brain fog right now so I will keep this post short and get straight to the salad. I chose peppery baby arugula as the base  but if you are making this salad ahead of time, I recommend a sturdier green such as kale. Butternut squash can be either roasted in the oven (@400 for 20-25 minutes) or for a small batch, you can pan-sear it for 12-15 minutes. Apples add sweetness, crunch to the salad while  balancing the peppery arugula. Walnuts and sunflower seeds only seemed natural because they compliment butternut squash and apples very well.  Last but not the least - the dressing is a simple lemon vinaigrette which takes less than minute to whip together and so much better tasting/healthier/cheaper than the store bought/chemical filled bottled dressings. Butternut Squash, Apples, and Walnuts1Have a wonderful Monday and rest of the week.

Butternut Squash, Apples, and Walnut Salad
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butternut squash, cubed
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon walnuts, halved
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 apple, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  • for the dressing:
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt, pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a pan with olive oil over medium heat. Sautee butternut squash with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika for 12-15 minutes until its tender.
  2. Meanwhile prepare the lemon vinaigrette by whisking lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Set the dressing aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine arugula, butternut squash, apples then slowly drizzle dressing over it. Top the salad with walnuts, sunflower seeds and combine everything together. Sprinkle parmesan cheese before serving.

PS. Don't miss the Best Fall Baking Recipes and creamy butternut squash soup.