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Spinach Salad with Roasted Squash, Quinoa and Apple (a.k.a. what I’m bringing to Thanksgiving dinner)

Spinach Salad with Squash and AppleIt’s here. Thanksgiving week. Are you the type of person that plans a holiday meal months in advance? Or, does the phrase “wing it” describe you? Let’s just say I’m not a planner, so it’s out of character that I’ve been thinking about my Thanksgiving dish-to-share for about a year. No, I did not change my ways and embrace planning. Instead, I was true to my nature and never got around to posting the recipe for this spinach salad that I made last year.Delicata SquashNot every salad I make is memorable. But something about the combination of roasted delicata squash, toasted pecans, sweet-tart apples and a sprinkling of quinoa just works. Now, if I could just find where I “filed” the recipe…

Until I organize my recipe files (and my life), here’s the no frills version of the recipe:

Spinach Salad with Roasted Squash, Quinoa and Apple
-Peel and seed a delicata squash. Slice and toss it with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast until tender and sweet and magical.
-Serve over the freshest spinach you can get your hands on.
-Load on some toasted pecans, apple chunks and cooked, cooled quinoa.
-Drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette. I prefer dressing made with sherry vinegar like the one in this salad and this salad.
-Share and be thankful.

What are you making for Thanksgiving?
P.S. Here are some ideas for Thanksgiving veggie sides…there’s still time to plan!

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