Butternut Squash and Spelt Salad with Goat Cheese and Toasted Almonds

Roasted butternut squash is tossed with chewy spelt, creamy goat cheese and toasted almonds to create this healthy and satisfying salad.
Butternut Squash and Grain Salad with Toasted Almonds and Goat Cheese - The Lemon BowlFriends – I am so excited to tell you about this incredible salad. Back in December, my good friend Kristen and I were chit chatting about what we planned to make for Christmas. While I always make my Great Aunt Vieve’s famous hummus platter with toasted pine nuts, I signed up to bring a side dish as well which was the perfect opportunity to try a new recipe.

Syrian Potato Salad - The Lemon BowlWithin days (hours?) Kristen told me about this Roasted Squash with Farro and Almonds Recipe from Southern Living which immediately got my wheels spinning. I decided to give it a Middle Eastern spin by using fresh lemon juice and zest, scallions, parsley and olive oil. In fact, the dressing is almost identical to what you would find in Tabbouleh Salad or a Syrian Potato Salad.

Butternut Squash Salad with Toasted Almonds and Goat Cheese - The Lemon BowlFor added richness, I used butternut squash and creamy goat cheese. When you start to toss the salad, the goat cheese actually starts to melt a bit creating an incredibly luxurious vinaigrette. Any grain would work for this dish. To make it gluten free, use quinoa. I actually had two open bags of spelt and barley so I decided to use a combination of the two. Farro, bulgur wheat or wheat berries would all work well in this dish. Use whatever you have on hand!

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Butternut Squash and Spelt Salad with Goat Cheese and Toasted Almonds
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Roasted butternut squash is tossed with chewy spelt, creamy goat cheese and toasted almonds to create this healthy and satisfying salad.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6
  • 4 cups butternut squash - peeled and cubed
  • ¼ cup olive oil - divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt - divided
  • ½ teaspoon pepper - divided
  • 1 cup uncooked spelt - prepared according to package instructions (or quinoa, farro, barley, etc.)
  • juice and zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup scallions - thinly sliced
  • ½ cup parsley - roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds - toasted
  • 4 ounces goat cheese - crumbled
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Spread almond slices on baking sheet and toast in oven for 6-7 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. While almonds are toasting, toss butternut squash cubes to coat with half of the olive oil (2 tablespoons), half of the salt (1/2 teaspoon) and half of the pepper (1/4 teaspoon). Spread out on the same foil-lined baking sheet you used to toast the almonds and roast for 20-25 minutes or until fork tender.
  4. In a large bowl, toss cooked spelt with roasted butternut squash, scallions, parsley, toasted almonds and goat cheese.
  5. Toss with lemon juice and zest plus the remaining olive oil (2 tablespoons), salt (1/2 teaspoon) and pepper (1/4 teaspoon).
  6. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Serve warm, room temperature or cold.
Salad can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1¼ cups Calories: 294 Fat: 16.5 g Saturated fat: 4.2 g Unsaturated fat: 12.3 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 30.7 g Sugar: 5 g Sodium: 463 mg Fiber: 4.7 g Protein: 10 g Cholesterol: 9 mg


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  1. says

    Definitely have never cooked with spelt, or eaten it when it’s not in bread form!
    But, goat cheese, almond and any kind of squash are some of my favorite foods so I am more than in for trying this! Lovin’ the Middle Eastern spin her Liz!


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