butternut squash salad recipe

Roasted Pumpkin, Dor Bleu and Bacon Salad Recipe

35 mins
Vadim Rachok
27.11.2023
29.04.2024
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Enjoy exquisite roasted pumpkin salad by following this easy recipe. This is not just a delicious dish; it is a symphony of flavors. Experience the incredible combination of caramelized butternut squash, the smoky allure of bacon, the sweet taste of raisins, and the gentle richness of maple syrup.

Indulge in the symphony of flavors that is the Roasted Butternut Squash Salad! This recipe is a testament to the beauty of simplicity, bringing together the caramelized sweetness of butternut squash, the smoky allure of bacon, and the delightful richness of maple syrup. It's not just a salad; it's an experience, perfect for a cozy family dinner or an elegant gathering. The harmonious blend of ingredients creates a dish that dances on the palate, showcasing the essence of fall in every bite.

Preparing this fall dish will take only 35 minutes. Moreover, the recipe involves using simple ingredients. This salad’s simplicity lies not only in its preparation but also in its versatility. With minimal effort, you can create a dish that bursts with harmonious flavors, making it a perfect addition to any table, whether it’s a cozy family dinner or an elegant gathering.

What is a Roasted Pumpkin Salad?

This roasted pumpkin salad is a delightful fusion of flavors and textures. The combination of the earthiness of the roasted pumpkin with the pomegranate, bacon, and Dor blue cheese makes this salad exciting. It’s a versatile dish that can be served as a light lunch, a vibrant side salad, or even a colorful addition to holiday feasts.

Born out of the culinary trend of incorporating seasonal produce into salads, this dish has grown in popularity due to its vibrant colors, bold flavors, and nutritional value. Whether enjoyed warm or chilled, this salad offers a delightful balance of sweet, savory, and tangy notes that make it a crowd-pleasing favorite throughout the years.

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Roasted Pumpkin Salad Ingredients

  • Peeled pumpkin: Serves as the main ingredient, offering a sweet and earthy taste profile when roasted.
  • Pomegranate: Adds pops of vibrant color and juicy tartness to balance the pumpkin’s sweetness.
  • Dor Blue Cheese: Creamy and tangy, it blends well with pumpkin’s sweetness and pomegranate’s acidity.
  • Bacon: Provides a savory and crisp texture that enhances the overall richness of the salad.
  • Shallot Onions: Adds a mild onion taste that enhances the other ingredients.
  • Spinach: Adds freshness, vibrant color, and tender texture to the salad.
  • Rosemary: Provides an aromatic, herbal note to the salad that complements the sweetness of the pumpkin.
  • Anise: Provides a subtle licorice-like flavor that adds complexity to the dish.
  • Garlic: Adds aromatic warmth and depth of taste when roasted with the pumpkin.
  • Salt and Pepper: Season each of the components of the salad to bring out their individual flavors and to ensure overall balance.

Sauce:

  • Mustard (Dijon): Adds heat and a hint of spice and serves as a flavorful base for the dressing.
  • Maple Syrup: Provides a natural sweetness that helps to balance the acidity of the mustard and vinegar.
  • Olive Oil: Adds richness and helps emulsify the dressing. Coats salad ingredients evenly.
  • Wine Vinegar: Adds acidity and brightness that cuts through the richness of the other ingredients.
  • Salt and pepper: Season the dressing to keep it balanced and flavorful.

How to Make Roasted Pumpkin Salad

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Making the roasted pumpkin salad is a breeze, thanks to its simple and enjoyable preparation steps.

  1. First, cut the pumpkin into small triangles, and add whole crushed garlic, a sprig of rosemary, anise, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cover with foil.
  2. Preheat the oven to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C) and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Then, cut the shallots into thin slices, cut the Dor Bleu cheese into triangles, and peel the pomegranate.
  4. Prepare the sauce: Chill the olive oil in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Then, mix mustard, maple syrup, salt, pepper, and wine vinegar in a bowl. Add the chilled oil in 5-6 steps, stirring after each step.
  5. Put the bacon on a parchment-lined baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, and add a sprig of rosemary. 
  6. Preheat the oven to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C) and put the bacon in it for 15-17 minutes (depending on the thickness of the bacon).
  7. Then, take out the bacon and break it into pieces.
  8. Put lettuce leaves, and dress with sauce (leave a small amount of sauce). Then, add the onions.
  9. Put it on a plate, top it with pumpkin, Dor Bleu, and bacon, and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Pour the rest of the sauce on top. Enjoy!

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • You can substitute sweet potatoes if pumpkin is out of season or hard to find. 
  • If you don’t like pomegranate, substitute nuts for the seeds.

Recipe Variations:

  • Vary the greens: I like to serve it on top of kale, a spring mix, or spinach. You can mix and match or use any other lettuce you like.
  • Add some grains: You can make this more of a “bowl” meal with the addition of quinoa or brown rice!
  • Pick your vinaigrette: Balsamic vinaigrette is great, but you can also use ranch or Thousand Island.
  • Candied pecans: Add candied pecans if you really want to take this salad to the next level!  You won’t regret it!
  • Vary the cheese:  Feel free to add any of your favorite crumbly cheeses, such as feta, gorgonzola, or goat cheese!
  • Make it vegan: Leave out the cheese and bacon!

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How to Store Roasted Pumpkin Salad?

The best way to keep this salad fresh for a couple of days is to use the proper layering technique for this salad. Layer this salad in your meal prep container with the dressing and toppings on the bottom and the tender greens on the top. So, it would go that way: dressing, pumpkin, pomegranate, bacon, onion, cheese, and greens. This will keep the greens away from the dressing and will prevent them from being crushed by the heavy toppings. When you’re ready to eat, just shake or stir! The salad will be kept for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Tips for Buying and Cutting Pumpkins:

  • Choose ripe pumpkin. Check the pumpkin’s stem to make sure it is firm and intact, and ensure that its skin is free of any soft spots or blemishes. A ripe pumpkin should have a bright color and give off a slightly sweet smell near the stem.
  • Use a sharp knife. Using a sharp knife to slice pumpkin makes the task notably easier and safer. A sharp blade effortlessly cuts through the tough skin and flesh. Always remember to exercise caution and maintain a secure grip on the squash and the knife for a seamless slicing experience.
  • Prepare in advance: Ease your cooking process by cutting your squash early in the day! The peeling and cutting of the pumpkin take the most time in this recipe, and it’s a task that can be tackled at any time! This proactive step will save you considerable effort when you’re ready to cook.

A very good salad that is suitable as a complement to lunch, and you can also eat it as a standalone full snack or even an early dinner (I do not recommend it for late dinner as it contains bacon, which is a heavy food for the evening meal. In addition, simple carbohydrates from maple syrup in the evening are also not necessary). Moreover, the dish is quite versatile, and it will fit perfectly into any of your dietary programs (including your hiking program, as the balanced composition of the salad guarantees a feeling of satiety and energy replenishment, which is very important when eating with a slight calorie deficit).

Jenny Dobrynina
Jenny Dobrynina
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Roasted Pumpkin, Dor Bleu and Bacon Salad Recipe
Author:Vadim Rachok
Indulge in Roasted Butternut Squash Salad — a flavorful fall dish!
butternut squash salad recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Servings:
3
The ingredients you need:
8,8 ounces (250 g) peeled pumpkin
1 pc pomegranate
3,5 ounces (100 g) Dor blue cheese
5,3 ounces (150 g) bacon
2 pcs small shallot onions
5,3 ounces (150 g) spinach (or salad mix)
1 sprig rosemary
1 star anise
2 cloves garlic
salt
pepper
0,5 ounces (15 g) medium-hot mustard (Dijon)
0,7 ounces (20 g) maple syrup
5,3 ounces (150 g) olive oil
0,4 ounces (10 g) wine vinegar
salt
pepper
Let’s start !
1

Cut the pumpkin into small triangles, and add whole crushed garlic, a sprig of rosemary, anise, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cover with foil.

2

Preheat the oven to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C) and bake for 10-12 minutes.

3

Cut the shallots into thin slices, the Dor Bleu cheese into triangles, and peel the pomegranate.

4

Prepare the sauce: chill the olive oil in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Mix mustard, maple syrup, salt, pepper, and wine vinegar in a bowl. Add the chilled oil in 5-6 steps, stirring after each step.

5

Put the bacon on a parchment-lined baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, and add a sprig of rosemary. 

6

Preheat the oven to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C) and put the bacon in it for 15-17 minutes (depending on the thickness of the bacon).

7

Take out the bacon and break it into pieces.

8

Put lettuce leaves, and dress with sauce (leave a small amount of sauce). Then, add the onions.

9

Put it on a plate, top it with pumpkin, Dor Bleu, and bacon, and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Pour the rest of the sauce on top.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 3 Calories: 3110
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g14%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 203mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 22g8%
Dietary Fiber 4g14%
Total Sugars 12g 
Protein 6g 
Vitamin C 10mg49%
Calcium 59mg5%
Iron 1mg7%
Potassium 473mg10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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When cutting butternut squash, having a firm grip on the vegetable is essential for safety and precision. To make this task even more manageable, try microwaving the whole squash for a minute or two before cutting. This softens the skin slightly and makes it easier to peel and cube. Combine this with a sharp knife, and you'll breeze through the preparation, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable cooking experience. Enjoy the journey of creating this delightful Roasted Butternut Squash Salad!

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