Roasted Squash with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese

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Posted on November 10, 2014

Hi friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. I had such an amazing time at Mixed! My brain is just buzzing from all the new stuff that I learned. And also from all the coffee and sugar that is still running rampant throughout my body. That’s real life.

The hotel was just off the charts. Some parts of it still look JUST like it did in the movie. I instantly recognized the cabin where Baby and her family stayed, as well as the gazebo and hotel dinning room. So freaking cool. And of course we watched Dirty Dancing while we were there. Just had to do it!

The best part about Mixed was getting to meet so many amazing people. I made lots of new blogger friends. And I finally got to catch up in person with some people that I’ve been following (err…stalking?) on the internet for a while now. It’s such a cool moment when an internet friend becomes a real-life friend!

A big thanks goes to Paula and Susan for organizing such an incredible weekend!

OK, I suppose I should talk about food for at least part of this post since that’s why you are all here today.

Squash and Pomegranate Salad 1

Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes. I think we all agree on this. Just gimme ALLLL the side dishes and I’ll save my turkey for sandwiches. At my house, there always has to be some kind of squash on the table. So I decided to put a few festive touches on some roasted delicata squash, turning it into the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas. First, I started with some fragrant warming spices on the squash. Then I tossed in some pomegranate arils and cilantro for eye-catching pops of color. And sprinkled on a few crumbles of goat cheese for something creamy. Finally, I made up a quick pomegranate juice and balsamic vinegar reduction to drizzle all over the top. It’s fast, easy and a gorgeous addition to your Holiday meal.

Cheers,

Liz

Roasted Squash with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese

Serves about 6-8

Roasted Squash with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese

Ingredients

  • For the Salad
  • 3 delicata squash
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • Arils from 1/2 pomegranate

  • For the Pomegranate-Balsamic Dressing
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the delicata squash in half lengthwise. Scrape out and discard the seeds. Cut the squash into 1-inch half moons. Add the squash to a 9 X 13-inch baking pan and toss gently with the olive oil, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and red pepper flakes. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and bake for about 35 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. While the squash is roasting, make the dressing. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer about 10 minutes, or until the dressing is reduced to about 1/3 of a cup. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. To serve, arrange the roasted squash on a platter. Top with the goat cheese, cilantro and pomegranate arils. Drizzle with the dressing, starting with a couple tablespoons and adding more if you like. Serve immediately.
  5. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for 1-2 days.
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41 Comments


  • Wow! The colours are just beautiful! And of course, you had me at goat cheese 😉

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    • Thanks, Jennifer. Goat cheese makes everything better!


  • So glad you had such a great time at Mixed! Loved seeing your photos on instagram. And I 100% agree on the side dishes front. I was vegetarian for 8 years, and Thanksgiving was the one holiday that it didn’t matter because there were so many amazing side dishes!!

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    • Thanks, Sarah! Side dishes for the WIN!


  • I loved your instagram pics from Mixed! Sounds like you had a fabulous time! This roasted squash looks amazing! I’ve never thought to roast it before, so I’m loving this. And what a great idea to toss in some pomegranate!

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    • Thanks, Gayle! Pomegranates are so festive that I think they are a necessity this time of year!


  • This looks like great recipe, Liz! I am so excited to try it.

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    • Thanks, Tori! Let me know when you try it!


  • Yay! So glad you had a good time at the conference! You had to know that delicata squash is one of my favorites, right? I feel like this side dish was made for me! Love the pomegranate-balsamic dressing!

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    • Delicata squash is the best. Taste-wise it’s the bomb. But I’m also totally lazy and love that you don’t have to peel it! Wish I could have Friends-giving with you. I would totally bring you this dish!


  • First of all…we are twins today!! I just posted a salad with these awesome ingredients. And girl does this look AMAZING!! And second of all…I loved meeting you in real life. Was the highlight of this weekend 🙂 Friends forever!!

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    • I saw that we are twinsies today. Great minds think alike! Friends forever!


  • Yeeeeah! I’m so happy you had fun at the Mixed conference! I bet all that coffee and sugar made for a high-energy fabulous time. And now, you have all the tasty roasted winter squash to bring you back to normal blood sugar level 😉 Happy Monday, dear!

    Reply

    • Thanks, Julia! I’m going to need a truck-load of squash to level me out!


  • Oh man, this looks so incredible! Let’s have butternut squash with roasted squash on the side for dinner today 🙂 Mixed seems like such a fun event–glad you had fun!

    Reply

    • Yes, that is the best plan ever. I’m down for a squash-topia!


  • Liz you are just a doll! It was SO nice to meet you at Mixed. We’re SO happy you had a great time xoxo And this squash, yes pass me the entire tray please ; )

    Reply

    • Thank you so much, Paula! So glad that I got to finally meet you!


  • This looks so pretty! It’s perfect for a holiday meal because it’s so gorgeous AND tasty!

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    • Thanks, Bri! It is definitely perfect for the Holidays!


  • I love all of the flavors going on in this dish. Goat cheese and balsamic are two of my favorite things, and adding cinnamon and cardamom to the squash sounds delicous!

    Reply

    • Thank you so much! I hope you try it out. And thanks for stopping by! 🙂


  • Sounds like you had a fab time in VA ! Loved all your IG pics. This salad however….is absolutely beautiful! I love all the colors.

    Reply

    • Thank you, Katya. Virgina and the conference was great! Thanks for the salad love!


  • Yum!! I strongly dislike when all of the side dishes at Thanksgiving are all one color! You, my friend, have fixed this problem! 🙂 Gorgeous dish!

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  • What a fun experience, Liz! I can’t wait to go to my first blogging conference. This dish is so gorgeous and colorful! I love delicata squash — it’s one of my favorites, and these flavors sound delicious!

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  • If anything could ever get me to feel more than “meh” about squash, this is it. And I think I have all the ingredients at home right now. Perfect!

    Reply

    • Thanks, Annie! I hope it excites you!


  • Wow this looks incredible! I love the pop of colour from the pomegranate and I’m sure that the goat cheese adds some amazing tang to the dish. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

    Reply

    • Thank you, Louisa! I’m so glad you stopped by. Let me know if you try out the recipe!


  • This is a gorgeous salad!

    Reply

    • Thank you for the wonderful compliment, Amanda!


  • Gosh, look at all the wonderful colors in this recipe! This is definitely the perfect fall side dish. As much as I love turkey, you’re right. It is all about the sides. 🙂

    Reply

    • Thanks, Beth. Yeah for ALL the side dishes!


  • SO glad to hear you had fun at Mixed and yay for getting to hang out with Zainab! She’s the best. I <3 her big time.

    This roasted squash dish is a NEED in my book. Love all these fall flavors mixed up in one dish!

    Reply

    • Thanks, Joanne! Wish you could have been there too! Then it would have been a scientist-blogger take-over!!


  • YUM, this sounds a lot like a dish that was on special at a favorite veggie restaurant, Annapurna, in Santa Fe. I am happy to have the memories, and a tasty recipe!

    Reply

    • That’s so great to hear, Jessie. Thanks for stopping by!


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