Roasted Butternut Squash & Blueberry Salad with Mandarin Orange Vinaigrette

 

RoastedButternutSquashandBlueberrySaladwtrmkd750I love to enjoy a nice big salad with lunch and/or dinner either alone or with a nice piece of grilled fish or roasted chicken.  Fresh salads are a great way to get your fruits and vegetables in their natural state too!  I also like to mix up my salad recipes and try new and exciting flavors.  This is a simply yummy recipe you can whip up to enjoy for lunch or dinner!

Butternut Squash and Blueberry Salad with Mandarin Orange Vinaigrette
 
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Ingredients
  • SALAD INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 bag, mixed lettuces
  • 1 c. fresh blueberries
  • ⅓ c. dried cranberries
  • ½ c. candied walnuts
  • 1 c. goat cheese crumbles
  • 1 ½ c. roasted butternut squash (see prep below)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • garlic salt and pepper to taste
  • MANDARIN ORANGE VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS:
  • 6 T. oil
  • 2 T. white wine vinegar
  • ¼ c. freshly squeezed mandarin orange juice
  • ½ tsp. honey
  • salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH PREPARATION:
  2. • Preheat your oven to 425 F.
  3. • Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the bottom of a pan.
  4. • Roast squash until slightly golden and soft (15-20 minutes approx.)
  5. MANDARIN ORANGE VINAIGRETTE:
  6. Blend the following in a food processor -
  7. T. oil
  8. T. white wine vinegar
  9. ¼ c. freshly squeezed mandarin orange juice
  10. ½ tsp. honey
  11. salt (optional)
  12. Mix well. Taste. Add more sweetness or salt if necessary.
  13. SALAD PREPARATION:
  14. • Add in the peeled and diced butternut squash and roast in the oven until tender and some pieces will be slightly golden around the edges. Set aside.
  15. • In a large bowl, add in roasted butternut squash, candied walnuts, blueberries, dried cranberries, and lettuce.
  16. • Over the top pour the Mandarin Orange Vinaigrette and mix well. Taste the salad, if you need some garlic salt and pepper to taste.
  17. • Then top with goat cheese crumbles and serve!

© 2016, Maryann Ridini Spencer, SimplyDeliciousLiving.com

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