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Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Orange Dressing

Roasted pumpkin and dried fruits make this beautiful seasonal salad a natural match for holiday recipes. The dressing is a light, tasty mix of honey, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Top it all off with crumbled goat cheese for that final tangy touch. —Sasha King, Westlake Village, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash or pie pumpkin (about 3 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup plus 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 10 ounces fresh arugula or 1 pound fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup dried apricots, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 package (5.3 ounces) fresh goat cheese, crumbled

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Peel and cut pumpkin into 1-in. cubes, reserving the seeds. Place pumpkin cubes in a large bowl. Toss with 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place pumpkin in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan; bake until tender, 30-35 minutes.
  • Place seeds on a baking sheet; bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes.
  • Place orange juice, vinegar, shallot, garlic, orange zest and the remaining 2 tablespoons honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, 15-20 minutes. Strain into a small bowl. Gradually whisk in remaining 6 tablespoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper until blended.
  • In a large bowl, combine arugula, apricots, cranberries and roasted pumpkin. Sprinkle with goat cheese and pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with dressing before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 195 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 157mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.
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