Roasted Acorn Squash-Orange-Marinated Beet Salad with Zesty Parsley Dressing


serves 2

1 small-medium acorn squash (1 1/4 lb total weight), cut into bite-size pieces

1 TBSP olive oil

generous pinch fine sea or kosher salt

1 small (or half a medium) beet (2-3 ounces total weight), trimmed, peeled, and grated

12 medium fresh sage leaves (from about 2 sprigs), chopped

2 TBSP balsamic vinegar

2 TBSP water

1/2 tsp natural sugar (evaporated cane juice)

generous pinch fine sea or kosher salt salt

1 medium orange

1 TBSP pine nuts

2-3 TBSP Zesty Parsley Dressing, recipe follows, plus more to drizzle, if desired

Preheat oven to 400. Toss the squash with oil and salt and roast until tender and beginning to brown at the edges, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the grated beets, chopped sage, vinegar, water, sugar, and pinch salt. Stir and set aside.

With a paring knife, remove the peel and pith from the orange. Working over a bowl to catch the juices, use the paring knife to segment the orange. Set the orange slices aside and pour the caught juice over the marinating beets. Stir to combine.

If your dressing isn't prepared in advance, prepare it now. When the squash is done, remove it from the oven and set aside to let cool a bit. Then pour the beets into a fine mesh sieve and set aside to let drain.

Heat a dry skillet over medium heat, add pine nuts and toast, tossing frequently and watching constantly, until fragrant and just beginning to turn golden in spots, a couple of minutes.

To assemble, add the warm squash, orange slices, drained beets and sage, and 2-3 TBSP of dressing to a serving bowl and toss gently. Garnish with toasted pine nuts and drizzle sparingly with additional dressing, if desired.

Zesty Parsley Dressing

adapted from Moosewood Daily Special

1 small bunch parsley leaves (tightly packed 1/4 cup)

1/4 cup pine nuts

2 TBSP lime juice (from about 2 small limes)

2 TBSP water

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

generous 1-inch piece ginger root (about 3/4 oz), finely grated

1 medium clove garlic

1/2 tsp fine sea or kosher salt

Puree all ingredients until smooth.