Curried Lentil and Butternut Squash Salad

Eric always chooses the best recipes. This may have something to do with the fact that he often chooses from our Gourmet Today cookbook, and Gourmet will never let you down. He started making this dish about a year ago, and now it has become a staple, but I just made it myself for the first time last week

Eric kindly cubed the butternut squash for me, as I have a mortal fear of sharp knives with rock-hard vegetables.

One of my favorite things about this salad is the shallots–they become so sweet and tender after roasting.

My other favorite part is the walnuts–you just toss them in to roast for the last five minutes or so, which gives them a really earthy flavor. And I will never complain about a bit of added crunch!

Lime juice and cilantro give it a final punch of flavor. I heated up some leftovers this weekend while Eric was working on a project, and he looked up from his computer and said, “What is that that smells so heavenly?” An apt description, indeed!

Curried Lentil and Butternut Squash Salad
Recipe from Gourmet Today 

1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds)
1 large shallot
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons curry powder
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup walnuts
1 cup lentils
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro sprigs
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice to taste

-Preheat oven to 425°F.
-Halve, peel, and seed squash and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Finely chop shallot and in a shallow baking pan toss with squash, oil, curry powder, and salt and pepper to taste until combined well. Bake squash mixture in middle of oven until almost tender, about 15 minutes.
-Chop walnuts and sprinkle over squash. Bake squash mixture 10 minutes more, or until walnuts are lightly toasted and squash is tender.
-While squash is baking, in a saucepan of boiling water cook lentils until just tender but not falling apart, about 20 minutes. Drain lentils in a sieve and transfer to a bowl.
-To lentils add squash mixture, cilantro, lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste and toss until combined well.

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