Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese, and Walnut Dip

Butternut squash is one of my favorite fall ingredients. I love using it so much that I actually created a squash tag for my blog. There’s a lot of good stuff in there.

You might notice a trend that most butternut squash recipes also feature goat cheese. I’m not sure what it is about that combination, but the pair so nicely together. It has to be the sweetness from the squash and the tanginess from the cheese.

I made this dip for a get-together with friends after getting a HUGE butternut squash in our CSA box one week. I had roasted the squash ahead of time and used it in a variety of recipes.

I did have to process this in the blender for quite some time to yield the super smooth texture that I was hoping for. If you wanted it more chunky, you could definitely leave it that way.

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Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese, and Walnut Dip

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients:

1 medium butternut squash, (about 1.5 lbs)
cooking spray
1 head garlic
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
3 oz goat cheese
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
36 slices french bread baguette, 1/2 inch thick, toasted

Directions:

Preheat to 400.

Cut squash in 1/2 lengthwise, discard seeds.

Put squash cut side down on foil-lined jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray.

Remove papery skin from garlic but do not peel or separate cloves. wrap in foil. put on pan with squash. Bake at 400 for 30 min until squash is tender. scoop out pulp & discard skin. separate garlic cloves, squeeze to extract pulp, discard skins.

Place squash, garlic, salt & juice & cheese in food processor & process til smooth. spoon into bowl & sprinkle with nuts. serve with baguette slices.

Recipe from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen, originally from Cooking Light

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16 Responses to “Winter Kale and Quinoa Salad”

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    Kelsey — January 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I’m with you–every ingredient in this salad is a winner on it’s own. Together? Forgetaboutit! The colors are beautiful and I can imagine how great it tastes with the balance of bitter, sweet, and tart.

    Love the new layout, also. Way to go!

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    Wicked Goodies — January 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Yum! I am also addicted to kale since doing a CSA here in Boston 🙂

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    Jill McOwen — January 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    It’s so funny, because as I was scrolling through Tastespotting tonight and saw this post, I had to click because it looked so familiar to my winter couscous bowl… and then, I couldn’t believe it when I saw my blog credited at the bottom! This is a first for me 🙂 Thanks so much for the credit!

    So you’ve recently moved back to Cincinnati? Which part? My family and I live in Anderson Township.

    • beantownbaker — January 13th, 2013 @ 10:02 am

      Thanks so much for the recipe!!

      We work in West Chester and are living in Oakley right now. Trying to find a house at some point…

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    Megan — January 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I think this sounds amazing, Jen! And I love how colorful it is. I am always looking for new winter salads that are colorful, flavorful, and interesting.

    • beantownbaker — January 13th, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

      This is definitely colorful, flavorful, and interesting. I have seriously been OBSESSED with pomegranates this winter, and this salad totally feeds into that obsession.

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    Sues — January 14, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I’m on a major quinoa AND kale kick so this salad is right up my alley. So colorful and pretty, too!

    • beantownbaker — January 14th, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

      Pretty food is definitely always tastier than ugly food 🙂

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    Shannon — January 14, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    looks a lot like the one i posted last week 🙂 obviously, i’m all over it!!

    • beantownbaker — January 14th, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

      Very similar indeed!

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    Michelle — January 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    This is perfect for that kale and pomegranate I have in the fridge! I’m always excited to find new things to put together ahead of time for lunches and dinners, thanks! Hope you are settling in nicely 🙂

    • beantownbaker — January 14th, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. Making food ahead of time saves the day during the week! I can’t imagine not eating leftovers… Things are going pretty well for us in Ohio so far. Hope things are going well for you and your little bundle on the way!

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    Cara — January 14, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Sounds great to me! I love the ingredients. And the colors 🙂

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    ErinsFoodFiles — January 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    This sounds right up my alley! YUM!!

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    Sarah — November 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I was thinking about an easy and colorful, flavorful, and power-packed healthy side dish to bring for a potluck lunch after a trail work party this coming weekend. I had these amazing cute pumpkins to harvest from my garden and love both kale and quinoa. I thought to myself, mmmm, what if I made some kind of pumpkin kale quinoa and goat cheese salad to share? One quick internet search and I came across this gem! I modified and concocted a tad, which is normal for me. Thanks so much for the recipe and ingredient confirmations! The honey, olive oil, and smokey / spicy combo was the secret ingredient for me! Happy fooding!

    • beantownbaker — November 3rd, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! I am always tweaking recipes to make them fit what I have on hand and what we like too.

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