This Roasted Squash and Chicory Salad is made with tender acorn squash, bitter chicory, sweet and crunchy apple, watermelon radish and an herbed balsamic vinaigrette. It’s AIP, paleo, vegan and Whole30 compliant.
This salad is perfectly layered in both flavor and texture and quite simple to make. My favorite way to eat bitter greens like chicories is to pair them with fruit and fat. I love the combination of apple and radicchio in this salad, nicely balanced by the creamy, tender roasted acorn squash and the herbed balsamic dressing.
Here’s what you need for this Roasted Squash and Chicory Salad:
- acorn squash (can substitute with Tetsukabuto or Kabocha variety)
- apple (any variety – I like granny smith)
- watermelon radish (can substitute with another mild radish variety e.g. Snowball, Purple Plum or White Icicle)
- fresh cilantro and basil
- balsamic vinegar
- olive oil
- sea salt
Here’s how you make this Roasted Squash and Chicory Salad
Preheat your oven to 450F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cut the stem off the end of the acorn squash and cut the squash in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds using a spoon and cut the squash into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Lay the sliced squash in a single layer onto the baking sheets and coat with olive oil and sea salt. Roast squash for 25-30 minutes, flipping once midway through.
Assemble salad by layering radicchio, cilantro, roasted squash, watermelon radish and apple.
To prepare dressing, crush garlic and finely chop basil. Add to a mason jar or bowl along with balsamic vinegar and salt. Slowly whisk in olive oil until an emulsion is formed. Toss salad with dressing shortly before serving and more salt to taste.
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Looking for more delicious and hearty AIP salads? Check out:
- Roasted Beet and Citrus Salad
- Delicata Squash and Kale Salad
- Charred Broccolette and Cabbage Salad
- Sautéed Kale Salad with Grapes