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Copycat Time - Warm Butternut Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

Friday, 20 February 2009

I came across this recipe at Smitten Kitchen awhile ago and was intrigued by its colours and flavours. Sweet butternut squash with a tangy and nutty dressing - all my favourite flavours! This recipe was actually adapted from another blogger - Molly Wizenberg of Orangette, who adapted it from a cookbook. Oh, and I saw an adaptation of this recipe at The Duo Dishes, which sounded amazing as well. Yeap, that's how the food blogosphere works, amazing isn't it.

We all enjoyed the salad, loved the flavours and the dressing was amazing. All the ingredients and flavours went very well together. I added a bit of sugar to the dressing to add a bit of sweetness. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

warm butternut squash tahini

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen, who adapted from Orangette, who adapted it from Casa Moro...

For salad:

  • 320g Butternut Squash
  • 1 Garlic Clove - pressed
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/3 Red Onion - sliced/ diced
  • 3/4 cup Chickpeas
  • 1 handful of Coriander - chopped

For tahihi dressing:

  • 2 tbs Tahini
  • 1 Garlic Clove - pressed
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • 2 tbs Water (or more)
  • Salt
  • Sugar

For salad:

  • Preheat oven to 220°C.
  • In a baking sheet/ dish, toss together butternut squash, pressed garlic, olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  • Roast until soft (about 20 mins).
  • Remove and place in a salad bowl.
For tahini dressing:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together tahini, lemon juice and pressed garlic.
  • Mix in olive oil.
  • Whisk in water. Add more water to get the consistency you desire.
  • Add salt and sugar to taste.
To assemble:

  • Toss together butternut squash, red onion, chickpeas and coriander.
  • Mix in some of the tahini dressing (I only added about 3/4 of the dressing and that was enough for me) and serve.

36 oink oinks...:

noble pig said...

I know this is so the butternut in there too!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Fantastic looking salad and so healthy and vivid! I remember seeing this on Duo Dishes and thinking how I wanted to try it and I'm having the same reaction here :)

duodishes said...

Isn't it just the greatest?! Cravings for this salad are coming up strong looking at that picture. Love how you just dolloped the dressing right on top. Also love adding a bit of sugar. Good idea! Happy eats for sure!

Donna-FFW said...

This is a beautiful salad. The photo is so pretty. I can only imagine how tasty it is with all those wonderful flavors. You pick the most awesome things to try.

Reeni♥ said...

What a healthy and refreshing salad for the dead of winter! Such gorgeous colors, make me long for summer.

Heather said...

your long list of adaptations was cracking me up! i love anything with tahini - this sounds great :)

Hayley said...

I too saw this salad on Smitten, and like you loved all the flavors going on. I guess I'll have to jump on the bandwagon and make it as well!

ttfn300 said...

oh wow, i've been meaning to make this salad, as its got all my favorite flavors!!

Bob said...

Oooo, that sounds good! I think one of my favorite things about the blogosphere is that recipes get swapped around the world and people do all kinds of stuff with them. Good times. :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Hmm... I may have to make my own adaptation of this salad :) It sounds excellent!

Happy cook said...

Just looking to the pic makes me feel it is summer, looks so sunny and delicious.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow makes me droooooooooooooool

Katherine Aucoin said...

I love the colors too. It makes me feel like it's spring when it's 19 degrees outside. The flavors sound amazing together.

Olga said...

That looks so good!
I think I've made something similar using sweet potatoes instead of squash.

Orange segments might be a good addition too.

Pam said...

I think this looks incredible. I love the colors, textures and flavors.

Grace said...

i keep seeing this cropping up, and every time i'm tempted more and more. maybe this will be the straw that broke the camel's back and i'll finally make it for myself!

Maria said...

The salad looks fantastic! I love the bright colors!

chuck said...

Stunning, Stunning and Stunning!!! What a wonderful salad. Look fresh and tasty!

Maryann said...

The colors are beautiful, aren't they? :)

pigpigscorner said...

noble pig: yes, I love the colours and ingredients of the salad! I would eat my salads willingly if they all look like this =)

Lorraine: The colours and flavours just make you want to make some yourself!

duodishes: Will definitely make this again! Such lovely flavours.

Donna: Thank you =) I don't think you can resist the colours and flavours!

Reeni: Yeap, one can forget about gloomy winter for awhile while eating this =)

Heather: haha..I was wondering if I should put such a long list of adaptations...but just can't miss out any credit =P

Hayley: It's worth a try! You'll love it too!

ttfn300: It took me awhile too, but it was worth it!

Bob: Yeap, I love that too. It's interesting to see how others adapt recipes.

5 Star Foodie: Can't wait to see your adaptation!

Happy Cook: Yeap! Forget about gloomy winter, think Summer!

Kitchen Flavours: hehe....I'm drooling too..

Katherine Aucoin: It's a great dish to light up your gloomy winter days =)

Olga: Sweet potato is a good sub for squash! And orange segments sounds like a good addition!

Pam: This recipe is a keeper!

Grace: You should make some yourself! You'll love it!

Maria: Me too! I like all things bright =)

chuck: It was a very delicious salad indeed!

Maryann: Love the colours!

Sam said...

You know what, I think I'm going to copy this from you! It looks great, I love the colours.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

This salad is fantastic! I love chickpeas, butternut squash and tahini sauce! Droolworthy and tasty!



Rita said...

Love the sound of this salad!

Y said...

I've made something like this before too, and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately for me, my boyfriend isn't a big fan of tahini, so it hasn't featured since.

Girl Japan said...

Stunningly amazing! I mean, really! You have it "going on"! You are such a foodie delight!

pigpigscorner said...

Sam: I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did too!

Rosa: It's really delicious! Love all the flavours too!

Rita: It's really tasty =)

Y: I love tahini! I'm wonderinf what to do with the rest of it...

Girl Japan: Thank you =) love your pictures as well esp your recent desserts!

Kasey said...

I made this a few weeks ago too and loved it. One thing I thought could use some tweaks was the amount of onions--I'd definitely lessen the amount that Smitten Kitchen recommended.

Kevin said...

Your salad looks great! I tried it as well and enjoyed it.

bittersweetblog said...

Oh, this sounds -perfect-! So many ingredients that I love, all together, and beautifully photographed too.

pigpigscorner said...

Kasey: The amount of onions I added was quite a lot as well but I know my fiance loves them =)

Kevin: It is a great salad isn't it =)

bittersweetblog: Thank you. It's a wonderful recipe to try!

No Recipes said...

I saw this over at SK too and have been wanting to make it. Yours looks great!

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks Marc! Glad I made this salad, it's really delicious! And love the colours!

tigerfish said...

Now, I have another use for butternut squash :)
Nice refreshing salad.

pigpigscorner said...

haha yes, I'm sure you have lots of leftovers after making your fries!

Jude said...

That colors are so vibrant and beautiful. Love salads with chickpeas -- they're guaranteed to be satisfying.

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks Jude! Not a big fan of salads but this is really delicious and satisfying!

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