Delicata squash, nicknamed Bohemian squash, caramelizes beautifully when roasted, and fanned atop a bed of greens in the perfect Thanksgiving salad.
By Kara and Marni Powers
One of our favorite heirloom gourds, delicata squash is often nicknamed Bohemian squash. The oblong shape with a forest green speckled and striped yellow exterior is radically different from the conventional acorn, butternut or pumpkin. The small size and thin skin allows for easy slicing, and the rich, creamy texture is reminiscent of a sweet potato. Caramelized beautifully when roasted, and fanned atop a bed of greens, the colorful gourd steals the show in any autumn salad
We arrange the festive half moons atop mixed greens with sweet and juicy sliced apples, crunchy toasted walnuts, pungent Parmesan shavings and a light cider vinaigrette. Not only is the dish a burst of flavors, the delicata star is packed with Vitamin A which keeps your eyes sharp and skin smooth. While we rarely stray from our traditional Thanksgiving menu, we are contemplating making an exception to include this delectable side salad.Print
Kara and Marni Powers are twin sister cooks, dining and blogging their way through Boston's North End and beyond. They see the act of cooking and entertaining as a form of creative expression, an art that encourages the mixing of flavors, spices, techniques and stories. Their interest in cooking dates back to their Greek grandmother’s open-arms approach, letting them taste her savory creations like her famous spanakopita. Kara and Marni's fascination with food and culture continued during their travels abroad in Europe where they saw firsthand the limitlessness of cooking.