11.19.2010

mache salad with feta cheese, roasted kabocha squash, toasted walnuts, in a walnut-citrus vinaigrette

mache, feta, kabocha squash salad with toasted walnuts and a walnut vinaigrette

Generally, I don't like to fuss over salads too much. I just like to get good stuff in a bowl, add some olive oil, a sprinkle of fleur de sel, and away I go.

But I've been into walnuts and walnut oil lately. I figured that some roasted squash would be good. And heck, yea, it was. It is especially good with some mache, which is becoming increasingly popular green and even easier to find. But any dark green will work in a pinch.

I won't give you specific amounts because, heaven forbid you might add a teaspoon less feta cheese, or an extra walnut or two. For shame.... I mean seriously, it's a salad. And it's just not worth getting that serious about specifics for everything, oh, except one very important thing - just make darn sure it tastes good.

mache, feta, roasted kabocha squash with toasted walnuts and a walnut vinaigrette

Roasted squash:

1 kabocha or butternut squash
salt
pepper
extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the squash into 1-inch strips, and remove the seeds. Place the squash strips on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the squash is fork tender. Let cool, and then remove the skin with a knife. Cut the squash into 1-2 inch chunks.

Salad:

mache greens
roasted kabocha squash
feta cheese
walnuts
honey
fresh lemons, 1 lemon for every 2 servings
walnut oil, or
salt
pepper

Roughly chop a small handful of walnuts per serving. Toast walnuts briefly on the stove, and set them aside to cool. Squeeze the lemon juice into a glass measuring cup. Add twice the amount of walnut oil, and couple teaspoons of honey per serving. Whisk. In each serving bowl, add some mache, roasted squash, toasted walnuts, and crumble some feta cheese. Spoon over some of the citrus-walnut vinaigrette, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and enjoy!

3 comments:

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

Gorgeous. What a fun fall salad. It'd be great for Thanksgiving meal.

chocolateandginger.com said...

oh wow, that looks so fresh and perfect for fall, i'll definitely be making this salad this weekend, thanks :)

KamalKitchen said...

This looks very appetizing.. i have not seen 'mache' anywhere before.. must find out more about it..

thanks!

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