Copy-Cat Salad

At a family dinner recently, my mother and I experienced salad perfection. The harvest salad at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. It is a perfect combination of roasted butternut squash, blue cheese, dried cranberries and apple cider dressing.  I tried to duplicate this perfection, with mediocre results.

My version was good, though it did not quite reach the awesome-ness of the original. I suspect this has to do with my dressing choice, I was lazy and used a pre-made pomegranate vinaigrette, which did not exactly match the flavors of the original apple cider dressing.

I added almonds to my version as I was taking it with me to work for lunch and felt it could use the added protein to get me through the second half of my day.

Harvest Salad:

  • Roasted Butternut Squash
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Almonds
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Pomegranate dressing

To roast the squash:

Peal and dice the squash into uniform small pieces. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 400 F for 30minutes or until brown on the edges.

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