Butternut squash, spinach + feta autumn salad.

18.09

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It’s always a sad day when the season of light, simple suppers draws to a close. As much as I love eating hearty comfort food, there’s nothing quite like getting to the end of the day and knowing that you can pull together a wholesome and delicious salad for dinner in the time it takes to watch an episode of Modern Family on Netflix. All summer long we ate salads in varying forms, and so instead of letting them be replaced all together by pies and casseroles and heavy meat dishes, I’m experimenting with new, more autumnally-themed salad recipes. And this one is just the ticket!

The butternut squash, when baked, goes sweet and almost caramelly, and sits so well alongside salty feta cheese. And if you can resist the urge to eat the roasted + salted butternut squash seeds the very second they come out of the oven, they add an amazing popcorn-y crunch which rounds the ¬†salad out so very well. I really do find it tricky not to eat the seeds before the salad’s even been assembled though, really I do…

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So, to make…I’ve not listed particularly exact amounts, because it’s really more of a ‘judge by eye’ kind of recipe. The quantities listed below make a generous two person salad.

Ingredients ::
1 medium butternut squash (or any other squash of your choosing)
Seeds from the squash, for roasting and scattering
1/2 pack feta cheese
2/3 large handfuls of spinach
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
Pinch nutmeg
Salt, olive oil, + balsamic vinegar

- Cut up the butternut squash (reserving the seeds in a separate bowl) into slices about half an inch to an inch thick, then lay out onto a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Scatter over a pinch each of flaky sea salt and ground nutmeg, and then place into an oven preheated to 190 degrees to cook for about half an hour.

- Remove any large strands of squash flesh from the seeds, then dress them with a splash of olive oil, salt, and the smoked paprika. Line a small baking tray with parchment paper, spread out the seeds onto the tray in a single layer, and then roast for 10 minutes. When cooked, the seeds should smell faintly popcorny and be slightly puffed up.

- When cooked through, remove the butternut squash from the oven and allow to cool. Take a handful at a time of the spinach, roll it into a rough ball, and then cut it into approx. 1 inch ribbons. Place into serving dishes, and top with the cooled slices of butternut squash.

- Crumble over feta, then add a handful of roasted seeds. Dress with olive oil + balsamic vinegar, and take a few seconds to appreciate how beautiful the contrast is between the orange, white and green, before demolishing in 30 seconds flat.

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  • http://jess-inretrospect.blogspot.de/ Jess

    Oh this looks so good! I love Butternut squash so I will definitely give this recipe a go :)

    I made an autumnal salad as well using a Hokaido pumpkin if you would like to check that out I wrote about it here:
    http://jess-inretrospect.blogspot.de/2014/09/seasonal-synopsis-autumn-2-food-ideas.html

    Jess x

  • http://www.madelinefedmont.com Madeline

    The salad looks really yummy. Great job :)

    http://www.madelinefedmont.com

  • http://channelislandsblog.wordpress.com Emma

    Oooh this looks yummy. I love butternut squash roasted. Really comforting and I bet it works really well with the cheese. Yum. Going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Cath

    I am going to make this. It’s going on the list of dinners. Obv I shall be adding sticky chicken strips and gammon chunks to it… ;-P

  • http://brambleandthorn.blogspot.com.au/ Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

    Yum, this has to be one of my favourite combinations of food! Throw in some pine nuts and that’s one of my favourite lunches right there!

  • http://www.thisparticular.blogspot.com Ala Skrakowski

    This looks absolutely delicious, nutritional and is probably quite cheap too! Excellent recipe! x

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    This looks simply delicious! x

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    Looks yummy.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

  • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk Chiara

    This looks delicious, I’ll definitely be giving this a try soon!x

  • http://www.littlemisskaty.co.uk Katy

    This looks GORGEOUS. Definitely going to give it a shot when I get home next week :) perfect for warm evenings with a glass of wine I reckon! xx

    Little Miss Katy | Fun, Food & Fashion!

  • http://sophiesmakeupblog.blogspot.co.uk Sophie

    Your photos are so amazing Rosie! I love the sound of this salad, perfect for autumn and a veggie like me! I’m making roasted butternut squash and sage with wholewheat pasta and goats cheese tonight and I’ll make sure to keep the seeds! x

    SophiesMakeupBlog

  • http://homeatsix.com Jill

    Yum! I’ve been more into squash this year than ever, so this salad is perfect for me! Love that cutting board, too :)

  • http://daydreamsofsummertime.blogspot.co.uk/ Sarah

    This looks totally delicious! xxx

  • http://www.owl-girl.com Candy

    I’m going to make this for my in-laws. I think my mother in law will absolutely love it! My father in law… not so much. But perhaps the hearty squash will bring him around!

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

  • http://www.adashofginger.co.uk Kirsty

    I’m in awe of these beautiful photos Rosie. I feel like salads are my nemesis when it comes to food photography – I can never get them quite right! Looks delicious too, I always feel like squash is perfect for autumn x

  • http://lifesmymuse.com Laura

    This looks amazing! Beautiful photos too.

    Laura
    http://lifesmymuse.com

  • http://www.easylittletiger.com amanda

    beautiful cutting board…

  • http://www.rosedogandco.blogspot.com.au Rosie

    This looks delicious. A must to try. Your photos are beautiful. Thanks Rosie
    Rosie x
    http://www.rosedogandco.blogspot.com.au

  • http://dippedinrococo.blogspot.com Kasia

    Oh my, it looks absolutely delicious! I love when spinach and feta get together on my plate.

  • http://www.blondeofcarbs.com Jessica Edmunds

    I absolutely love your recipes and can always rely on you for something tasty, I am sat here really hungry and know that I want to buy the ingredients to make this now- thank you xxx

  • http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk Lauren

    This sounds right up my street – a gorgeous combo of flavours
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food + Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.fancypantsandsugarshacks.com Meghan

    You always have the best recipes and this looks like another winner – you should totally do a cookbook! Can’t wait to try it out – thx!

    Meghan xo
    http://www.fancypantsandsugarshacks.com

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  • http://www.booksandbabyetc.com Charlotte

    Ooh it’s just like autumn on a plate. Yummy. I have never thought about putting butternut squash in a salad before. It looks delicious.

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