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Turmeric Roasted Delicata Squash Salad - La Selva Beach Spice

Turmeric Roasted Delicata Squash Salad

There’s nothing quite like a good salad. Peak salad season may be from the first hint of warm weather to the very last day of summer, winter salads don’t get enough credit. While people often gravitate towards warm foods like soup when the temperature drops, there’s plenty of delicious salad recipes out there that hit the spot on a winter’s day. 

This Turmeric Roasted Delicata Squash is a tasty example of the perfect winter’s salad! Of course the star of the dish is the turmeric spiced delicata squash. Delicata squash is a variety of winter squash and is known for its beautiful rind. Unlike others in the squash family, its thin rind is edible! The flavor is sweet and when cooked with rich turmeric, the result is heavenly. 

La Selva Beach Spice turmeric with squash in a clear bowl

Ingredients You'll Need 

Thanks to the deep flavors of the turmeric roasted squash, not much is needed for this salad! 

    • Delicata Squash: This beautiful squash hits its peak around November or December. Not only is it easy to find at most grocery stores, but preparing it is a breeze! No need to peel the skin when you can eat it. 
    • La Selva Turmeric Powder: All you need to spice up this dish is a bit of turmeric! Turmeric curcumin not only has countless health benefits but provides a sea of rich flavors in just a pinch. Turmeric is most recognizable for its signature golden color and earthy tones.
    • Arugula: This peppery greens are the perfect compliment to the sweet veggies and earthy spices. 
    • Pomegranate Seeds: These bright seeds add a touch of crunch to our salad. 
    • Pepita Seeds: Often confused with pumpkin seeds, pepita seeds are harvested from specific hull-less pumpkin varieties. These green seeds have a light, nutty flavor and are a great source of nutrients.
    • Goat Cheese: The sweet tang of this creamy goat cheese is the perfect way to finish our winter salad!

While those are the base ingredients for our salad, we’ll also be making our own dressing. This maple vinaigrette can be made with everyday pantry items and tastes amazing! All you’ll need is olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, dijon mustard, and a touch of turmeric.

Squash roasted with la selva beach spice turmeric powder

A Tip Before We Dive In...

  • Pomegranates have a knack for leaving even the most experienced chef’s hands pink after peeling. The best way to peel a pomegranate is to make a thin slice at the bottom of the fruit, then remove the top. Then, make vertical cuts on the outside of the pomegranate before prying it open. To extract the seeds, pull away from the peel and membranes. Finally, wash the seeds and enjoy!

Final Thoughts

Trust us when we say that one bite of this salad will have you hooked. The rich flavors of the turmeric ground the sweetness of the squash. Combined with the crunch of the pomegranate seeds and pepitas, this is one irresistible recipe. 

While it’s great by itself, you can also add roasted chicken or serve it alongside a main course!

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