November 13, 2015
Pomegranate Roasted Delicata Squash

Pomegranate Roasted Delicata Squash! Caramelized squash with a pomegranate-maple dressing and fresh pomegranate seeds! A vegan and gluten-free side dish, perfect for Thanksgiving or the Holidays! Pomegranate Roasted Delicata Squash! Caramelized squash with a pomegranate-maple dressing and fresh pomegranate seeds! A vegan and gluten-free side dish, perfect for Thanksgiving or the Holidays! | www.delishknowledge.com

Roasted Squash. It’s really all I need to say these days, a phrase BL and I both get giddy over. What should we do with our overflowing amount of butternut and acorn squash? Roast it. The gorgeous globes of Kabocha squash from the farmers market? Roast it, then mash it into the most incredible riff on mashed potatoes.

It’s only natural that I’m taking my other favorite fall squash, delicata, and roasting it to perfection in a pomegranate-maple dressing. Topped with jeweled pomegranate seeds and I think this is the perfect show stopping dish for any holiday table. Or Tuesday night. It’s only fancy if you want it to be.
Pomegranate Roasted Delicata Squash! Caramelized squash with a pomegranate-maple dressing and fresh pomegranate seeds! A vegan and gluten-free side dish, perfect for Thanksgiving or the Holidays! | www.delishknowledge.comroastedsquash1

If you haven’t had delicata squash before, be prepared to say goodbye to other varieties for a while. The prep couldn’t be easier and the roasted flavor is almost candy-like. My mom happened to be in town while I was making these, and we were both sneaking bites of the squash in between photo snaps. Biting into crispy squash bits with a burst of fresh pomegranate seeds is total texture explosion, in the best possible way.

Wash the delicata, then slice into 1/2″-1″ rings. Gently remove the seeds and toss with a little bit of olive oil so a nice crust develops. Once you develop your roasted delicata squash habit, and you will, try them in my maple spinach salad or fall couscous.

In lazy moments, I buy my pomegranate seeds as is but I also like this trick for easily peeling a pomegranate without super-soaking your walls and clothes.

Pomegranate Roasted Delicata Squash! Caramelized squash with a pomegranate-maple dressing and fresh pomegranate seeds! A vegan and gluten-free side dish, perfect for Thanksgiving or the Holidays! | www.delishknowledge.comPomegranate Roasted Delicata Squash! Caramelized squash with a pomegranate-maple dressing and fresh pomegranate seeds! A vegan and gluten-free side dish, perfect for Thanksgiving or the Holidays! | www.delishknowledge.com

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Pomegranate Roasted Delicata Squash

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: side dish, squash, delicata, maple, healthy,
  • Cuisine: thanksgiving, holiday

Description

Pomegranate Roasted Delicata Squash! Caramelized squash with a pomegranate-maple dressing and fresh pomegranate seeds! A vegan and gluten-free side dish, perfect for Thanksgiving or the Holidays!


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: side dish, squash, delicata, maple, healthy,
  • Cuisine: thanksgiving, holiday
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: side dish, squash, delicata, maple, healthy,
  • Cuisine: thanksgiving, holiday
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Ingredients

  • 4 delicate squash, sliced and deseeded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Toss the squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a giant pinch of salt/pepper
  3. Place in a single file on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes until soft.
  4. Flip, then whisk together the 1 tablespoon pomegranate vinegar and 1 teaspoon maple syrup. Use a pastry brush to brush on the syrup then place back in the oven for an extra 20-30 minutes until caramelized and slightly crispy.
  5. While the squash is cooking, whisk together the olive oil, pomegranate vinegar, maple syrup, dijon mustard and a pinch of salt/pepper.
  6. Place the squash on a platter and drizzle on pomegranate-maple dressing. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and chopped walnuts.

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, Plant-Based Chef and Yoga Instructor. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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  1. It looks beautiful. I haven’t tried delicata squash before but with any squash I find I plan to save some for another meal but it all gets eaten up regardless of how much I roast!

  2. It looks beautiful. I haven’t tried delicata squash before but with any squash I find I plan to save some for another meal but it all gets eaten up regardless of how much I roast!

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