winter salad

in an effort for a healthier 2009, i've been trying to come up with interesting and delicious salads for lunch every afternoon. we had this yesterday and it's one of my favorites so far. it's a nice combination of wintery flavors, creamy dressing, and uses the easiest cold weather cooking method - roasting! i also just found the most beautiful wild arugula at trader joes which was very exciting. see, eating healthier isn't as bad as it sounds.

Winter Roasted Salad

1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded & cut into 1-inch chunks
1 red onion, cut into chunks
3 tbs olive oil
salt & pepper
1/4 cup walnuts
2 tbs goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 clove garlic, minced
pinch of ground cumin
3 cups wild arugula
1 small pink lady apple, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
preheat oven to 425 degrees F. toss squash and onions with olive oil, salt and pepper on a large sheet pan. roast until squash is tender, about 25 minutes. add walnuts and toss. return to the oven for 5-8 minutes. in a small bowl, whisk together goat cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and cumin. season to taste with salt & pepper. lightly toss arugula with olive oil and place on a plate or shallow bowl. top with apple, roasted vegetables and drizzle with dressing. enjoy! 


Lara Ferroni said...

ooo... sounds great. Kind of just what I am craving at the moment, although I just made some chicken noodle soup, so this will have to wait!

Sara LeeAnn said...

What a gorgeous salad - the colors and texture! Goat cheese and arugula seem like they'd be a flavor match-made-in-heaven, come to think of it. Looking so forward to finding out for myself! ;-)

Josephine Tournier Ingram said...

looks creative and delicious. looking forward to trying this one!

Catherine said...

Anything that combines butternut squash and arugula is OK by me. Creamy and peppery goodness.