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Warm Butternut and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

I love squash, especially butternut. This wonderful warm squash salad includes chickpeas, garlic, red onions, and cilantro, though I substituted cilantro for fresh chives. It’s coated in an acidic & nutty dressing featuring lemon, garlic and tahini. (Tahini is sesame seed paste used in Middle Eastern foods, like hummus.) This dish is so delicious, it’s a meal in itself. We’ve eaten it for dinner with whole wheat toast and a piece of fruit. I reserve the dressing and add it before serving. This recipe is from the SmittenKitchen.

Warm Butternut and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

Salad Ingredients:

1 medium butternut squash (about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
1 medium garlic clove, minced or pressed
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt
One 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (1 1/2 cups)
1/4 of a medium red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley (I used chives)

Dressing Ingredients:

1 medium garlic clove, finely minced with a pinch of salt
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons well-stirred tahini
2 tablespoons water, more as needed
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

In a large bowl, combine the butternut squash, garlic, olive oil, and a few pinches of salt. Toss the squash pieces until evenly coated. Roast them on a baking sheet for 20-25 minutes, or until softened, but not mushy. Don’t overcook. Remove from the oven and cool.

Meanwhile, make the tahini dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic and lemon juice. Add the tahini, and whisk to blend. Add the water and olive oil, whisk well, and taste for seasoning. The dressing should have plenty of nutty tahini flavor and a little kick of lemon. If needed add more water to thin it out.

To assemble the salad, combine the squash, chickpeas, onion, and cilantro or parsley in a mixing bowl. Either add the tahini dressing to taste, and toss carefully, or you could serve the salad with the dressing on the side. Serve immediately.

Do ahead: This salad, lightly dressed, keeps beautifully in the fridge, that you should hold a little of the dressing on the side and that it can be reheated in the microwave.

© Dorene Krausnick and KrausnicKitchen 2011-2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Dorene Krausnick and KrausnicKitchen with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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