Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Lime Dressing

Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Lime Dressing

Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Lemon Dressing

Featuring: Pomegranate Balsamic VinegarMeyer Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Ingredients:

  • For the roast winter veggies:
  • 1 acorn squash, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 2 beets, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the roast chickpeas:
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, toasted an ground
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For salad dressing:
  • 1/4 cup Meyer Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • water
  • salt to taste
  • For the salad:
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bunch kale, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup small red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions:

For the roast winter veggies:


Toss the veggies in the oil, salt and pepper, place in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated 425F/220C oven until tender, about 20-25 minutes, flipping over half way through.


For the roast chickpeas:


Toss the chickpeas in the oil, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and toast in a heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat until crispy, about 15-20 minutes, mixing a few times.


For salad dressing:


Puree everything in a food processor adding enough water to get the dressing to the desired consistency before seasoning with salt to taste.


For the salad:


Meanwhile, bring the water and quinoa to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the quinoa is tender and has absorbed the water, about 15-20 minutes, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, covered.


Massage the mixture of the lemon juice, oil and salt into the kale until the kale turns a darker green and gets all nice and soft and tender, about 1-2 minutes.
Toss everything and enjoy!

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