Squash and Ricotta Salad
- prep time1 min
- total time 10 min
- serves 4
Butternut squash and ricotta cheese make a perfect pairing in this delicious spinach salad.
¼ cup (50 mL) diced pancetta or bacon
¼ cup (50 mL) diced onion or shallot
1 ½ cup (375 mL) small dice butternut squash
1 clove garlic, minced
tsp (10 mL) finely chopped fresh sage
¼ cup (50 mL) white wine
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
½ cup (125 mL) water
4 cup washed spinach leaves
⅔ cup (150 mL) ricotta cheese
olive oil, for drizzling
salt and pepper
1. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, sauté pancetta or bacon until crispy, then remove to drain. Remove all but 1 tbsp of bacon fat from pan.
2. In same pan, sauté onion for 4 minutes to soften (not brown), then add squash. Add garlic, sage, wine, vinegar and water and cook for about 6 minutes, until squash is tender. Taste and season.
3. Spoon warm squash over spinach greens, on a plate or platter and dollop ricotta on top. Drizzle with olive oil and finish with a little sprinkling of salt & pepper. Serve immediately.