Am I kidding you? Nope.
But this salad is just as delicious and appealing – girl scout’s promise.
Sneaking in cold salads during winter is sorta like having ice cream in freezing temperatures.
I am fine with ice cream. All through winter.
As for salad? Not too much 🙁
The idea of eating soups with cold salad sort of unappealing, no?
Not if it’s a warm salad. I’d say, “bring ’em on!”
Of course, winter or otherwise, there should always be an excuse to fire up the grill, crack open a squash, sprinkle on some herbs and grilled the heck out of it.
And the end result is a platter of warm salad to accompany hot soups and a fireplace.
We can’t deny the crisp and crunch factor either. I mean, a wilted salad is fine but would be absolutely delicious with a crunch from apples, cashews and tartness from cranberries.
- 1 small acorn squash
- 2/3 cup of halved fresh cranberries
- 1 heaping tbsp honey
- 2 tsp all spice (cinnamon, nutmeg & clove powder)
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp evoo
- some cooking spray
- 3 handfuls of spring mix or fresh greens of choice
- 2 small honeycrisps or apple of choice
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- a handful of raw toasted cashews for garnish
- Add honey and halved cranberries in a bowl. Toss and allow to macerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Meantime, slice the bottom of acorn squash for stability. Then halve it. Scoop out the seeds and slice 1/2 inch thick, diagonally.
- Toss acorn squash slices with all spice, salt, brown sugar and extra virgin olive oil.
- Heat a griddle or grill on medium-high and add non-stick cooking spray. Line marinated acorn squash and cook for 4 minutes on each side.
- Slice apples and add lemon juice to prevent browning.
- In a fancy platter, spread out a layer of greens of choice. I used spring mix.
- Add grilled acorn squash, sliced honeycrips, cranberries and toasted cashews for crunch.
- Toss & serve it as a warm appetizer for the holidays 🙂
Here’s hoping your holiday festivities is filled with laughter, colors, warmth and a decent amount of indulgence 🙂
What are your favorite winter salads?