This post is sponsored by USA Pears. In exchange for writing this post, I received compensation and the pears used to develop my recipe. As always, all content and opinions are my own.
As I mentioned in my post about 5 reasons pears are the perfect fruit for fall, pears are a tasty pairing for fall flavors like roasted squash and maple. As part of that post, I developed a recipe for a Roasted Squash and Pear Salad with Maple Vinaigrette. This is a dedicated post for that recipe, so that it can easily be printed.
I love the balance of flavors and textures in this salad: the warm roasted squash, sweet pear slices, funky blue cheese, and tangy vinaigrette. It's one of those dishes where I find myself carefully assembling each bite to make sure that all of the flavors are included. I used a Bosc pear for a crisp texture, but other varieties would work well too.
If you have a leftover portion (or if you're making this ahead for lunches), just keep the ingredients separate so that you can microwave the squash and the other ingredients don't get soggy.
- delicata squash, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/2 inch slices
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 4 cups spring mix
- Bosc pear, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
- dash salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place sliced squash on baking sheet and brush with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast until tender, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the dressing: whisk together apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, maple syrup, and a dash of salt.
Divide the spring mix between two plates. Top with roasted squash, pear slices, and blue cheese. Drizzle with maple vinaigrette.
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