Roasted Acorn Squash, Onion and Lentil Salad

2
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep
25 min
Cook
45 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
This Northern Italian-inspired appetizer requires a little bit of coordination but the wonderful flavors that result are more than worth the effort.

Ingredients

cooking spray

4 spray(s), divided

uncooked acorn squash

1 medium, washed

uncooked onion(s)

¼ pound(s), cipollini, unpeeled*

dry lentils

¼ cup(s), green variety

fresh parsley

3 Tbsp, or mint, fresh, finely minced

olive oil

1 Tbsp

kosher salt

½ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp

balsamic vinegar

3 Tbsp, aged-variety, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.Slice squash in half across its “equator” and scrape out seeds and membranes; place each half on prepared baking sheet, cut-side down. Arrange onions around squash and generously coat with cooking spray. Roast until squash is fork-tender, turning onions once during roasting, about 40 to 45 minutes.While squash is roasting, soak lentils in cold water for about 30 minutes (water should come 2-inches above lentils); drain and rinse. Add 4 cups of cold water to a saucepan; add lentils and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes; drain lentils and rinse with cold water.In a medium-size stainless steel bowl, whisk mint or parsley with oil, salt, pepper and 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar until fully blended; add lentils and toss to coat.When squash is cooked, cut each half in half again. Peel onions.To serve, divide squash, skin side-down, among 4 small plates; scatter onions around squash. Top squash with lentils; drizzle with remaining vinegar and sprinkle with salt, if desired. Yields about 1/4 of squash, 1/4 cup of onions, 3 tablespoons lentil salad and 1 teaspoon vinegar per serving.

Notes

*If you can’t find cipollini onions, use fresh or frozen pearl onions instead. If you use frozen onions though, it might change the texture of the dish.

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