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Roasted Butternut and Ranch Autumn Wedge Salad

iceberg lettuce wedges with roasted butternut squash, crispy quinoa, bacon, and a ranch drizzle

To make this a weeknight meal that comes together in under 30 minutes simply roast the butternut squash up to 3 days in advance and store in the fridge. Then reheat while the quinoa is crisping in the oven.

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Ingredients

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  • 1 medium sized butternut squash, halved and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

To serve

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, cut into 4-6 wedges
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 4 slices of cooked, crispy bacon, chopped
  • Litehouse Organic Ranch Dressing

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment. Score the flesh of the butternut squash, making 1/2-inch deep cuts through it one way and then the other (in a checker-board pattern). Arrange the prepared squash halves, cut side up on the prepared sheet pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil then season with salt, pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder. Place in the oven for about 60 minutes or until the flesh is tender when pierced with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, make the crispy quinoa. In a small bowl combine the quinoa, remaining tablespoon of olive oil, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Stir to combine then season with salt and pepper. Spread out into an even layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. When the squash has 30 minutes left to roast, add the pan of quinoa to the oven. Roast the quinoa, stirring every 10 minutes until crispy and golden brown. (This will take approximately 30 minutes. ) Once the squash is fork tender and the quinoa is crispy remove them from the oven and allow them to cool slightly.
  3. To serve, arrange wedges of iceberg lettuce on a serving platter. Use a large spoon to scoop chunks of the butternut squash from its peel and arrange them around the iceberg lettuce. Sprinkle liberally with the crispy quinoa, pepitas, and chopped bacon. Serve immediatley with Litehouse Organic Ranch Dressing.

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