Thursday, September 20, 2012

Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad

 Ingredients

3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 medium butternut squash (2-1/2 to 3 pounds), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 cups uncooked jasmine rice
2 large sweet red peppers, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup pine nuts, toasted
6 green onions, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons snipped fresh dill
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley

DRESSING:

1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, oil and salt. Add squash; toss to coat. Transfer to a greased, foil-lined 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 425° for 25-30 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Cool completely.

 Meanwhile, cook rice according to package directions. Remove from the heat; cool completely.

 In a large bowl, combine the red peppers, pine nuts, green onions, dill, parsley, squash and rice. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Serve at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).

Editor's Note: To toast nuts, spread in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 5-10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Or, spread in a dry nonstick skillet and heat over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

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