Delicata Squash Salad with Fingerling Potatoes and Pomegranate Seeds

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delicata squash salad

This autumnal salad is a kaleidoscope of shapes and colors, thanks to the scalloped half-moons of squash, wispy leaves of baby arugula, and shiny red jewels of pomegranate seeds. It’s as visually pleasing as it is delicious.

Boasting both tender greens and roasted potatoes, this dish is sort of half-salad, half starchy side dish. As such, you can serve it alone as an entrée or in smaller portions as an accompaniment. You can roast the potatoes and squash and make the dressing well ahead of time, then assemble at the last minute.

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Delicata Squash Salad with Fingerling Potatoes and Pomegranate Seeds

Serves 6 to 8 as a side dish, or 4 to 6 as an entrée salad.

Boasting both tender greens and roasted potatoes, this dish is sort of half-salad, half starchy side dish. As such, you can serve it alone as an entrée or in smaller portions as an accompaniment. You can roast the potatoes and squash and make the dressing well ahead of time, then assemble at the last minute.

Be sure to keep an eye on the delicata squash slices in the oven as they can go from perfectly toasted to perfectly black in a matter of minutes.

  • Author: Sam Mogannam
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: roast
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale

pounds fingerling potatoes (about 16 medium)
½ cup plus 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 medium delicata squash (about pounds)
2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, more as needed
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar, more as needed
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
10 packed cups baby arugula (about 8 ounces)
Seeds from 1 medium pomegranate (about 1 cup)
1 cup shaved or grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Instructions

1.    Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 425°F. Cut the potatoes lengthwise into ¼-inch thick slabs. Mound on a large rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil and ¼ teaspoon salt, and toss to coat the potatoes evenly. Arrange in a snug single layer and roast until just tender and starting to brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

2.    While the potatoes are roasting, prepare the squash. Trim the squash, halve them lengthwise, and scoop out and discard the seeds and strings. Slice into thin half-moons, about ⅛-inch thick. Transfer to a large bowl, drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and sprinkle on ¼ teaspoon salt. With your hands, gently toss to coat evenly.

3.    When the potatoes are out of the oven, line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment or a nonstick liner and arrange the squash slices across them. Roast, rotating the pans after 10 minutes, until the slices are just tender and starting to brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Be sure not to overcook, or the squash will dry out. Note: some slices will be darker than others even when cooked perfectly; this provides textural interest and depth of flavor. When done, set aside and let cool to room temperature.

4.    In a small bowl, combine the shallots, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, honey, and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Whisk to blend, and slowly drizzle in the remaining ½ cup olive oil, continuing to whisk vigorously.

5.    Just before serving, put the potatoes and squash in a large bowl and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Toss well with your hands, taste, and adjust with more vinegar, lemon juice, or salt as needed.

6.    Add the arugula, half the pomegranate seeds, and half of the Parmigiano and gently mix in with your hands. To serve, sprinkle the salad with the remaining cheese and pomegranate seeds and top with a few grinds of black pepper.

Notes

Reprinted with permission from Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food by Sam Mogannam & Dabney Gough, copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press

Photo: France Ruffenach

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4

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