Roasted Squash Salad with Manchego and Pecans


Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes

Servings/Yield: 4 Servings

This dish is a love letter to those of us who have a complicated relationship with salad. Made with tender greens piled high with sweet roasted squash, earthy beluga lentils, peppery manchego, zesty pickled onions, and rich, slightly spicy Santé pecans, this salad is loaded with complex flavors and textures to ensure that no bite is boring.


For Roasted Squash:

  • 1 medium winter squash (such as butternut), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1” cubes

  • 2 tablespoons preferred vegetable oil

  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • For Lentils:

  • ½ cup beluga lentils

  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • For Pickled Onion:

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

For Vinaigrette:

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed

  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

For Salad:


  1. Preheat oven to 425℉.

  2. On a large baking sheet toss squash with oil and salt. Roast, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, about 30 minutes.

  3. While squash roasts, in a medium saucepan combine lentils, salt, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, covered, until lentils are tender, about 25 minutes. Drain off any remaining water.

  4. While squash and lentils cook, in a medium saucepan combine onion, vinegar, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat slightly to simmer 3 minutes. Take off heat and stir in 4 ice cubes. Set aside.

  5. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid combine vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt, pepper, and oil. Shake vigorously to combine.

  6. In a large bowl toss greens and lentils with dressing to taste. Arrange greens and lentils on a platter. Top with drained pickled onion, manchego, squash, and pecans.

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