ROASTED KABOCHA SALAD >> with seasonal fall ingredientsOct 09, 2020
Indulgent, nourishing, salty, sweet, hearty, colorful, beautiful, and just plain old lip-smackin’ delicious! That's how'd I describe this salad.
I love contributing a fresh salad to holiday supper as a wholesome option that everyone enjoys. Besides being super-nutritious, most of it can be prepared ahead, even a day or two in advance. Put it together at the last minute and wow your family, friends, and guests with a gorgeous presentation.
If you haven’t cooked with pearl barley before, you’re in for a special treat. It’s an ancient grain that has a pasta-like consistency. This yummy salad also includes fresh spinach, pomegranate arils (seeds), crumbled feta, toasted walnuts, and Kabocha squash. You can also use butternut squash if you prefer! Finally, a super easy, throw-it-all-in-a-jar-and-shake maple Dijon vinaigrette.
ROASTED KABOCHA SALAD
Nutrition Facts are for the version without bacon bits!
- 1 large package of spinach (~12 cups)
- 2 pomegranates (~1 cup), deseeded
- 1 cup (4 ounces) feta, crumbled
- 1 cup (4 ounces) walnuts, toasted
- 1 Kabocha squash*, roasted and diced
- 2 cups pearled barley, cooked
*you can opt for butternut squash if you prefer!
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 garlic cloves, grated or finely minced
- generous pinch of salt and pepper
- Cook the barley according to package directions.
- Prepare salad dressing by combining all of the ingredients in a Mason jar. Give the dressing a good shake before pouring it over later on.
- Cut your squash into bite sized pieces. Spritz with non-stick spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven at 400F for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
- Toast the walnuts in a sauce pan on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until fragrant and lightly toasted. Watch them closely as they can go from toasted to burnt very quickly!
- Place the spinach in a large serving bowl. Add the pomegranate seeds*, feta, barley, toasted walnuts, and squash.
- Shake the dressing before adding it to the salad and give the salad a toss. Enjoy!
*NOTE: you can find pomegranates deseeded at many grocery stores but if you bought whole, fresh pomegranate you can deseed it yourself. Watch this video for a tutorial.
- PROTEIN: grilled chicken and some from feta
- FIBRE-FILLED CARB: pomegranate seeds and barley
- FAT: olive oil in the dressing, feta, and walnuts
- VOLUME: squash and spinach
- FREEBIES: garlic, salt and pepper, and vinegar in the dressing
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