Sunday, January 9, 2011

Get in My Belly

The Smitten Kitchen strikes again with yet another fabulous recipe. You may remember my first SK recipe attempt, Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Celery. It was a huge success and I kid you not when I say I made it every week for a month. This recipe does not disappoint either. It is healthy (good for all you New Year's dieters), delicious, and the perfect combo of flavors. I present to you Warm Butternut Squash and Chickpea Salad.

For salad:
1 medium butternut squash (about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium garlic clove, minced or pressed
1/2 teaspoons ground allspice (I skip this)
2 tablespoons olive oil
One 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (1 1/2 cups)
1/4 of a medium red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

For tahini dressing:
1 medium garlic clove, finely minced with a pinch of salt
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons well-stirred tahini
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to taste

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

In a large bowl, combine the butternut squash, garlic, allspice, olive oil, and a few pinches of salt. Toss the squash pieces until evenly coated. Roast them on a baking sheet for 25 minutes, or until soft. Remove from the oven and cool.

Meanwhile, make the tahini dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic and lemon juice. Add the tahini, and whisk to blend. Add the water and olive oil, whisk well, and taste for seasoning. The sauce should have plenty of nutty tahini flavor, but also a little kick of lemon. You will probably need to add more water to thin it out.

To assemble the salad, combine the squash, chickpeas, onion, and cilantro or parsley in a mixing bowl. Either add the tahini dressing to taste, and toss carefully, or you could serve the salad with the dressing on the side. Serve immediately.

You can Print the Recipe HERE and see Smitten Kitchen's gorgeous pictures.


Erin said...

This looks delish. Please serve this to me with a side of uncooked meat and a bottle of Titos.

Ruthie {Look Learn Love} said...

Yummy! Perfect timing because I happen to have a few cans of chickpeas in the cupboard! thx!!

Balancing Lisa said...

mmmmm...this looks damn good! Thanks for sharing!

Tiffany from HOLIDAY said...

i am so going to try this! it's everything i love!

Melissa W. said...

Oh my goodness I am going to make this tomow!!! yum!

GiGi said...

have you tried her butternut squash/lentil/goat cheese combo??? just made it last night for the 48598th time.

i hope you were downing some wine while cooking.

emily said...

That looks delicious!