Winter Greens Salad with Squash & Cranberry Vinaigrette

November/December 2013

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In this winter greens salad recipe, the steamed squash adds a tender yielding texture and a mild, almost nutty taste. Combine with some nutritious bitter greens and a sweet-sour cranberry vinaigrette and you have an amazing salad.

Winter Greens Salad with Squash & Cranberry Vinaigrette

Makes: 12 servings, about 1 1/3 cups each

Serving Size: about 1 1/3 cups

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  • 1 small kabocha squash or 3 delicata squash, halved and seeded
  • 1/2 cup walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar or white-wine vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 10 cups torn frisée
  • 10 cups thinly sliced escarole
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted


  1. If using kabocha, cut lengthwise into quarters, then cut each quarter crosswise into 6 slices. For delicata, cut each half crosswise into 6 slices. (No need to peel either type of squash—the skin is edible.) Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a Dutch oven fitted with a steamer basket. Add the squash to the basket, cover and cook until just tender when pierced with a knife, 8 to 10 minutes. Carefully remove the steamer basket from the pot and transfer the squash to a large plate to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk oil, vinegar, shallot, garlic, mustard, honey, salt and pepper in a large bowl until well combined. Add cranberries; set aside for at least 10 minutes to let the cranberries soften.
  3. When ready to serve, arrange the squash slices on a large platter. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Add frisée and escarole to the remaining vinaigrette; toss to coat. Transfer the greens to the platter and top with walnuts.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Steam squash (Step 1) and let stand at room temperature for up to 3 hours; cover and refrigerate vinaigrette (Step 2) for up to 1 day.


Per serving: 186 calories; 13 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrates; 4 g added sugars; 3 g protein; 6 g fiber; 73 mg sodium; 523 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (133% daily value), Folate (36% dv), Vitamin C (25% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 other carbohydrates, 2 1/2 fat

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Recipe Categories

Type of Dish
Side dish, vegetable
Ease of Preparation
Total Time
30 minutes or less
8 or more
Main Ingredient
Vegetarian, other
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