Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Roasted Delicata Squash, Rosemary Ricotta, Bacon and Hazelnut Salad

Everyone needs a go-to Fall salad. Something to distract from the disappearing backyard tomatoes and warm sun. This salad is my Autumnal amusement: it's warm, savory and full of excellent diversion. Delicata squash are the easiest thing in the world to roast, combined with piney ricotta cheese, smokey bacon and crunchy hazelnuts - it all creates a slightly sweet and savory crunchy comforting salad.

Roasted Delicata Squash, Rosemary Ricotta, Bacon and Hazelnut Salad
Makes 6 pre-dinner salads

1 medium size delicata squash
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp rosemary or fir tips
1 clove of garlic
4 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled
1 bag of your favorite salad greens
1/2 roasted and chopped hazelnuts
1/3 cup olive oil, plus more for roasting
salt and pepper

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut squash lengthwise, scoop out seeds, then slice horizontally to form moon shapes. Toss with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast in oven for 20 minutes or until tender.
  • In a food processor blend rosemary and garlic together until fine. Add ricotta and blend for another 30 seconds. You can also use a mortar and pestle.
  • Assemble salad by diving up lettuce, then placing squash around lettuce, ricotta cheese, sprinkle with crumbled bacon, hazelnuts and drizzle with olive oil.


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said...

I read your tweet and jumped right to your blog. Those flavors sound wonderful together!!! Pinning this for sure. :)

Anonymous said...

Great combination of flavours.Very rustic salad..almost a meal:)

Lenia said...

Absolutely yummy!Great combination of ingredients!xxx

Eri said...

Hello Anna, your salad looks so good!
I love it!

Magda said...

Yes, I agree, we all need a go-to autumnal salad and this one surely looks the part. Great colors, Anna!

Dewi said...

Really love the hazelnut in it!

Sippity Sup said...

Roasted Delicata Squash, Rosemary Ricotta, Bacon and Hazelnut Salad . Take any one word out of that sentence and it just wouldn't be the same! GREG

FOODalogue said...

That's a delicious salad. i could happily make a meal out of it.

Banana Wonder said...

Laura - Pinning :-O I like that!

Dzoli - Rustic is in the house!

Lenia - Glad you like my combo.

Eri - Efxaristw - fillakia!

Magda - Thanks so much, gotta love the earth tones.

Dewi - I love hazelnuts all up in my grill.

Greg - That pretty much sums it up.

Foodalogue - Yeah I could have - next time making this for ONE!

Jenn @leftoverqueen said...

This looks so great! Easy enough for everyday, but elegant enough for Thanksgiving!

Helen said...

I could eat that salad everyday and never grow tired of it. Such an appealing range of textures, colours and flavours. Yum!

Trevor Sis Boom said...

I love squash in salads...and bacon...well... um, yum.

Banana Wonder said...

Jen - Thank you - I would totally eat this for Thanksgivings a million times over.

Helen - I am with you on that! (just add wine)

Sis.Boom - I am in squash paradise now! Bacon, yeah too.