Recipe by Chef mariajane
Salads can be a hard sell in winter. Iceburg lettuce, when there's ice on the driveway, just doesn't work. Winter salads work because they call for ingredients with assertive flavours and plenty of heft. Save the frisee and chilly cucumber slices for summer. Enjoy this salad...
Top Review by twospoos
This salad does not disappoint. Lovely to look at, bursting with flavor and filling to boot. Made this tonight with more than 30" of snow on the ground. Wonderful winter salad that I will make again.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
- 1⁄2 cup plus 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
- 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 3⁄4 cup apple cider or 3⁄4 cup apple juice
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 4 ounces baby arugula
- 1⁄2 cup toasted walnut halves
- 3⁄4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat oven to 400°F.
- In a large bowl, combine squash, 2 tablespoons oil, maple syrup, 1 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoons pepper. toss well, then spread squash evenly over a baking sheet.
- Roast squash until tender, turning once, 15-20 minutes. Add cranberries to pan for the last 5 minutes.
- While squash is roasting, in a samll saucepan, combine apple cider, vinegar and shallots. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cook for 6 - 8 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 1/4 cup.
- Remove saucepan from heat and whisk in mustard, remaining 1/2 cup olive oil, and remaining 1 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoons pepper.
- Place arugula in a large serving bowl. Add roasted squash mixture, walnuts and parmesan. Spoon just enough vinaigrette over salad to moisten, then toss well.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.