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Squash, Apple and Warm Lentil Salad
© Petrina Tinslay

Squash, Apple and Warm Lentil Salad

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: 16
  • HEALTHY
  • VEGETARIAN

Lemony lentils are completely delicious on sweet spice-roasted squash and apples.

  1. 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  2. 1 medium shallot, minced
  3. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 2 cups French green lentils (14 ounces), rinsed
  5. 3 thyme sprigs
  6. 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  7. 2 tablespoons chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  8. Kosher salt
  9. Freshly ground black pepper
  10. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  11. 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  12. 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  13. 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  14. 2 medium acorn squash (3 pounds)—scrubbed, halved, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
  15. 1 Golden Delicious apple—quartered, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  16. 1/2 small head radicchio, leaves torn into small pieces
  17. Parsley sprigs, for garnish
  1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the shallot and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 2 minutes. Stir in the lentils, thyme and 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils are tender and all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 30 minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs. Transfer the lentils to a medium bowl and let cool slightly. Stir in the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of chives and remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°. In a small bowl, whisk the butter with the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the squash with 5 tablespoons of the spiced butter and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the squash on 2 baking sheets and roast for 10 minutes. In the same bowl, toss the apple with the remaining 1 tablespoon of spiced butter. Turn the squash wedges and add the apples to the baking sheets. Roast for about 10 minutes longer, until the squash and apples are tender and golden.
  4. Arrange the squash, apples and radicchio on a serving platter. Spoon the lentils on top and drizzle with olive oil. Garnish with parsley and chives and serve.
Make Ahead The squash and apples can be roasted up to 6 hours ahead and kept, covered, at room temperature. The lentils can be refrigerated overnight; bring to room temperature before serving. Notes Variation: For a different presentation, you can roast the squash halves and serve the salad mounded inside.

Suggested Pairing

Starchy squash and lentils call for a full-bodied white wine, like Chenin Blanc. The fruit-forwardness of the wine helps it work with the dish. Try a Chenin from California that has been blended with a bit of Viognier.

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