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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4 Responses to “Colorful Shrimp and Quinoa Salad”

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    Cindy — December 10, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Oops! ingredients list omits shrimp and corn. Sounds intriguing tho and I’ll experiment.

    I enjoy reading your recipes and have tried quite a few to great success.

    Altho I no longer live there (thanks endless winter!) I grew up in MA so I enjoy your short bio. Great site.

    Thanks!

    • beantownbaker — December 10th, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

      Thanks for pointing this out! You’re right the shrimp and corn aren’t in the recipe. I’ll update it now.

      The winters are ruthless in MA for sure!

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    Cindy — December 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for responding, Wicked Awesome. And thanks for indicating the amount of shrimp to be used.

    But the amount of corn is still missing in the ingredients list although its included in the directions … so I’ll improvise. Thanks for a great recipe.

    Sorry to be such a pain in the patootie.

    • beantownbaker — December 11th, 2013 @ 7:46 am

      Sorry for all the confusion! I didn’t use corn when I made this recipe. The original recipe called for 1 cup of frozen corn.

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