I'm bringing you a recipe for a simple side dish today. This Roasted Delicata with Honey Ancho Vinaigrette comes together in minutes, but has a sauce made of spices, honey, and vinegar to keep the flavors interesting. I'm a big fan of squash all year round and this is a great treatment for any roasted winter squash. This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, low FODMAP and vegetarian so it will serve a wide variety of your dinner guests' needs.
Ingredients and Preparation
I like delicata squash for this recipe because the skin is tender enough that there is no peeling required. You can, however, use a variety of winter squash like butternut, honeynut, kabocha, or acorn squash instead. Just peel them and cut into small enough pieces that they will cook in the oven evenly. The squash is simply seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil for roasting. The big flavor comes in the vinaigrette you toss it with afterwards. Roast in the hot oven without flipping or moving the squash for the first 20 minutes. This is how you get the wonderful golden brown sides that add so much to the flavor. Flip the squash and cook the remaining time until tender.
While the delicata squash is roasting, prepare the vinaigrette. I like to do this in a small jar so that I can shake everything up together. Ancho chile powder is smoky and sweet without too much heat. Coriander brings a bright but delicate note to the spice mixture. I love white balsamic vinegar for this sauce because it has some of the complex sweet-tart flavors of balsamic vinegar, but a lighter flavor and color. I find it pretty regularly at our Trader Joe's. Olive oil and honey help to bring the vinaigrette together.
Once the delicata squash comes out of the oven, toss it in a medium bowl with the vinaigrette and serve with a few fresh cilantro leaves for garnish and that bright grassy flavor.
Serving Roasted Delicata with Honey Ancho Vinaigrette
This Roasted Delicata with Honey Ancho Vinaigrette is great hot out of the oven or at room temperature. I love it with grilled meats like chicken or beef. I think it would make a great component of a grain bowl with some feta or cotija cheese, black beans, and a few slices of avocado for a vegetarian main dish, too. Preparing a double batch of vinaigrette would pull the whole thing together and dress the grains nicely.
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If this Honey Ancho Vinaigrette sounds good to you, I have a few more recipes with great dressings or sauces that you should try. The Beet and Avocado Salad with Chili Soy Vinaigrette is a great combination of salty umami flavors with spicy and tart contrast. If you enjoy the white balsamic vinegar, I use it again in my Grilled Peach and Zucchini Salad recipe.
Roasted Delicata with Honey Ancho Vinaigrette
- 1½ pounds delicata squash
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
Honey Ancho Vinaigrette
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder
- ¼ teaspoon coriander, ground
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a sheet pan with foil.
- Cut the delicata squash in half lengthwise and scrape out all of the seeds. Slice the squash into ½- to 1-inch pieces.
- Toss the squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the slices on the sheet pan and roast for 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, flip the squash and roast for 10-15 minutes more, or until golden.
- While the delicata squash is roasting, combine the vinaigrette ingredients in a small jar or bowl. Shake or whisk to combine.
- When the squash is roasted, toss it with the vinaigrette in a bowl. Top with the chopped cilantro and serve.
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