Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tropical Butternut Squash Salad

I found this recipe when I was searching for a BBQ summer side dish at Cara's Cravings.It's refreshing and super healthy because there is no mayo involved, just fresh ingredients.Even though fall is approaching butternut squash seems fallish to me and might go perfectly with your Thanksging dinner.

3lbs peeled, diced butternut squash
1 large red pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup sliced scallions (white and light green parts)
20oz can pineapple tidbits, drained, juice reserved
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened flaked coconut

4oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt ( I used twice this amount)
4 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice
juice from 1 lime
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange the squash in an even layer. Spray the squash with more cooking spray. Roast for 40-50 minutes, turning occasionally with a spatula, until the squash is fork-tender and caramelized in spots. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile, place the coconut in a dry skillet over medium-low heat, and cook for about 5 minute, stirring often, until lightly browned and fragrant. Immediately remove from heat and allow to cool.

Transfer the squash to a large bowl and add the pepper, scallions, pineapple tidbits, and toasted coconut.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together the yogurt, pineapple juice, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Pour over the squash mixture in the large bowl and gently stir until thoroughly combined. Fold in the cilantro, and chill until ready to serve.


kristen said...

wow. thanks for stepping up to the plate Mer! we needed a serious update on here!

Meredith said...

That was my "is this thing on" recipe. I am in need of seriously yummy recipes. Got any?

Natalie said...

this is one of the most unique bnut squash recipes i've ever seen! can't wait to try it!c

givemommythesuperglue said...

Can't wait to try this!

Susan said...

I love butternut squash! I can't wait to try out this new recipe!

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