Autumn Butternut Squash Salad-Autumn

This salad looks as beautiful as it tastes. It is sweet and earthy with notes of citrus and a hint of bitter from the arugula.
Serves 6

2-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into ½ inch cubes
2 tablespoons flavorless vegetable oil
½ cup sweet red pepper
Maldon salt
2 tablespoons fresh orange or tangerine juice
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fish sauce*
2 tablespoons walnut oil
3 ounces arugula (about 3 cups lightly packed)
1/2 cup pistachios, toasted, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 450°F.

1. Toss squash, oil, and red peppers on large rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon Maldon salt. Roast 15 minutes then using spatula, turn squash over. Roast until edges are browned and squash is tender, about 15 minutes longer.

2. In a small bowl whisk the citrus juices, and fish sauce with a pinch of salt and a little freshly ground black pepper until the salt dissolves. Whisk in the walnut oil, and taste to correct seasonings.

3. Place the butternut squash in a bowl with the pistachios. Add a tablespoon or two of the dressing and toss to coat the squash. Taste again and correct the seasonings.

4. In a separate bowl, toss the arugula with a tablespoon of the dressing to coat evenly. Add a pinch of the Maldon salt and toss well again taste to correct seasonings. Arrange the butternut squash and the arugula on a platter.

*fish sauce (nam pla) found in the Asian section of your supermarket.

The butternut squash can be cooked the day before and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature about 2 hours before tossing with dressing.
Wash the arugula the day before and dry. Lay on paper towels and loosely roll arugula and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Prepare the dressing the day before, cover and leave on the counter.

©2014 Julie Logue-Riordan

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