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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8 Responses to “Roasted Red Pepper Dip”

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    Kerstin — May 5, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Looks yummy AND pretty healthy! I love roasted red peppers!

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    Stephanie Wagner — May 5, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Who can resist a good dip?! I was just given some hot sauce straight from Mexico and this seems like the perfect test drive for it. Great pics too!

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    Julie — May 6, 2009 at 3:47 am

    Yummo…looks amazing!

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    Mermaid Sweets — May 6, 2009 at 6:18 am

    Finally, a lactose tolerating recipe I want to make!! Such a teaser reading my google reader. I just made Dori’s eggplant dip and added WAY to much garlic, even as a garlic fanatic, it can be too much at a certain point. Bookmarking this, thanks.

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    Soli Deo Gloria — May 6, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Hello Jen! The pretty cupcake iron-on sticker arrived! and thank you, thank you very much! My daughter loved it! Still have to get a nice shirt to go with it. I will post about it and let you know! 🙂 Thanks!

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    Colleen — May 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    This looks so delicious and a cinch to make!

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    Netts Nook — May 6, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    What a fun dip I have my jar of pepper and garlic ready. Thanks for sharing.

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    themilkmanswife — May 9, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Glad you enjoyed this! Looks great!

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