Spicy Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese and Lentil Salad

Hubby and I have been on a big lentil kick. They’re so easy to make, great for you, and delicious. I saw this salad recently on Smitten Kitchen and knew I needed to make it this week. I used the lentils I had on hand, so I didn’t get the pretty black and orange salad that Deb got, but that’s ok, it’s still pretty freaking awesome.

Hubby and I really enjoyed this salad. It’s very hearty and filling. We ate it for a midafternoon snack and almost didn’t need dinner that night. I’ve written the recipe as I made it below, be sure to click through to Smitten Kitchen to get the original recipe.

This is unfortunately one of those dishes that is difficult to get a great photo of… But it’s really good so I had to post about it. Don’t hate on lentils just because they’re not pretty!

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Spicy Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese, and Lentil Salad

Yield: 3-6

Ingredients:

3/4 cup black or green lentils
6 cups peeled, seeded and cubed butternut squash or sugar pumpkin (1-inch cubes)
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup soft crumbled goat cheese
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, plus additional to taste
~1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss squash with 2 tablespoons oil, cumin, paprika and salt. Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet and roast 20 minutes. Flip pieces and roast for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until tender. Cool.

Meanwhile, soak lentils for 10 minutes in a small bowl, then drain. Cook lentils in boiling salted water until tender but firm, about 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water, then drain and cool.

Combine lentils, squash, half of goat cheese, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt and pepper and extra vinegar, if desired. Serve with remaining goat cheese to sprinkle.

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen, originally from Bon Appetit


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11 Responses to “Roasted Beet Hummus”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    That color is unreal! I’ve made beet green hummus but I’ll have to try using the actual beets sometime!

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    KV — October 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    wow that is pink!! I’ve been trying to think of a recipe for natural pink too instead of just food coloring but I can’t figure anything out

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    Courtney — October 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    What a great idea – it’s such a beautiful color!

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    Sara — October 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Pink is my favorite color! I’m not a fan of beets, but I would make this just for how cool it looks. 🙂

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 13, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    You even made hummus look amazing!! That color is stunning! How pretty would that look on a table at a party?

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    Kerstin — October 14, 2010 at 4:18 am

    How fun – I love beets and the fuchsia is such a conversation piece!

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    We Are Not Martha — October 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    This is SO pretty!! And perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I’m sure it’s delicious too 🙂

    Sues

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    ChefBearden — October 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I have made a similar recipe in the past and when serving, place a swipe of creme fraiche in the center, makes it look even more dynamic! Great stuff, great way to get people to eat beets!

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    Miss Strawberry — October 18, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    That is so PINK! And so CREATIVE!!!! Love it, love it!! I’ve never had beet hummus either…but it actually sounds delicious…

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    nutmegnanny — October 21, 2010 at 2:40 am

    This looks delicious! It reminded me of borscht…yum!

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