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Warm Autumn Grain Salad w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Leeks Recipe
Great side dish for Autumn! Easy to make ahead!Print Pin Rate
- 1 bulb fresh garlic
- 1/2 cup + 5 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 tsp kosher salt divided
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper divided
- 2 1/2 cups butternut squash cut in 1/2” cubes
- 3 cups leeks washed well, sliced in 1/2” rounds and cut in half
- 1 T balsamic vinegar
- 3 cups cooked whole grains *
- 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley chopped
- 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Slice about 1/2” off the top of garlic bulb to expose cloves. Place bulb on a piece of foil, drizzle with 1 tsp. olive oil and sprinkle with 1/8 tsp. salt and pepper.
- Wrap foil around bulb and place on large rimmed baking sheet in oven. (If using dark or non-stick pan, you may want to reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees.) Roast for 30 minutes.
- In two separate bowls, toss butternut squash and leeks each with 2 tsp. olive oil and 1/8 tsp. salt and pepper. After the garlic has roasted for 30 minutes, add butternut squash to one side of the sheet pan and leeks to the other side of the sheet pan with the foil-wrapped garlic. (The garlic will continue to roast with the other vegetables.)
- Roast the vegetables for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until the squash is tender and both are beginning to caramelize. If one finishes cooking before the other you can remove as they are separated.
- Unwrap the garlic and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Squeeze the soft-roasted garlic from the bulb. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 T of the roasted garlic with vinegar, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Whisk while drizzling in 1/2 cup olive oil.
- The dressing will be thick.
- In large bowl add cooked grains, roasted squash, leeks and parsley. Toss with 1/2 of the dressing. Add more to taste, or if making ahead save some to add later, as grains may absorb some.
- When ready to serve, sprinkle salad with almonds if desired.
Note: This is a great salad to make a day or two ahead of time. *Choose your favorite grains. I used 2 cups farro and 1 cup Khorasan wheat. The Khorasan wheat is a little firmer than the farro, so they make for a nice overall texture. You could try brown rice, wheat berries, millet, sorghum, quinoa, barley or any whole grain you choose. Just follow the basic cooking directions on the package.
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