Roasted Pumpkin, Chanterelle & Pomegranate Warm Salad Recipe

by Pamela

warm salad recipe, roasted pumpkin, chanterelle mushrooms, pomegranate arils

Have you ever had one of those days?  You know the kind of day I’m talking about….the best outcome I can list for the day is that no one had to go to the hospital and no one died and we got to eat this delicious warm salad that’s full of the seasons best flavors.

Pomegranate-Arils Pumpkin, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Pomegranate Arils and Goat Cheese

For something much better than that hideous day, or to help you forget about that day I recommend a glass of really great red wine and this warm salad recipe.

Warm and salad aren’t usually two words that are used together, unless you’re talking about German potato salad, but maybe we should give warm salad recipes another look.  Especially this time of year when the weather is a bit cooler and the last thing you want to eat is something cold.

If you think about all of these ingredients individually: pumpkin, chanterelle mushrooms, pomegranate arils and goat cheese you would never think that they would taste good mixed together.  What makes it work?  Crank up that oven…the secret is roasted vegetables!

I may not like pumpkin pie, but I do like cubed and roasted pumpkin (there are lots of roasted pumpkin recipes on the site to prove this).  And with the rainfall we’ve been having on the West coast, we’ve been able to find lots of chanterelle mushrooms at the market.  Roasting the chanterelles brings out their earthy flavors which pairs really well with the roasted pumpkin sweetness.  The tart and tangy additions of pomegranate arils and goat cheese (and the creaminess of the cheese) really rounds out the dish.

Roasted-Pumpkin Roasted Pumpkin, Roasted Chaneterelles, Pomegranate & Goat Cheese Warm Salad Recipe

The dressing for this salad combines even more pomegranate with other seasonal flavors to make a dish that’s also comforting for its taste.

This warm salad recipe is a perfect meal starter or could be used as a meatless main course.

Relationship Advice

So you are not awakened by a chorus of telephones…you wake up in a pool of sweat (which you know to be sweat and not pee because it’s covering you from head to toe) which concerns you because you have not entered menopause or you’re not a woman at all and menopause isn’t even something that you (genetically) need to be concerned with.

No, you’ve awakened to this before.  This pool of sweat you are now swimming in is a result of that horrible nightmare in which you find yourself being found out, by everyone who knows you, to be nothing short of a fraud.  A fake.  Everything you’ve ever accomplished has been discovered to be built upon a house of lies.  And you know what?  It’s not just the adults that know this.  Even babies can tell you’re an unreliable dolt.

Researchers divided 60 babies between 13 months and 16 months into two groups. In the first group, “unreliable” experimenters looked inside a container while expressing excitement, and invited the babies to discover whether the box contained a toy or was empty. For that group’s experiment, the box was empty. The second group had “reliable” experimenters, so when the babies copied the adults’ enthusiastic behavior and looked inside the box, they found a toy.

In a second imitation task, each baby again observed the same experimenter that they had looked at during the box exercise. This time, the adult used her forehead instead of her hands to turn on a push-on light. The experimenter then watched to see whether the infant would copyher behavior.

The results showed that 61 percent of the infants in the “reliable” group imitated the irrational behavior of using their foreheads to turn on the light. By contrast, 34 percent of infants imitated the unreliable testers who had previously deceived them during the box task.

“This shows infants will imitate behavior from a reliable adult,” study researcher Ivy Brooker of the Concordia Department of Psychology said in a statement. “In contrast, the same behavior performed by an unreliable adult is interpreted as irrational or inefficient, therefore not worth imitating.”

So while it may take the adults in your life a while to eventually figure out that you’ve been faking your way through life, the babies can tell right now.

Research via LiveScience

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Recipe: Sweet Roasted Pumpkin, Chanterelle & Pomegranate Warm Salad Recipe

Ingredients

 

For the Salad

  • 1 Pound Chanterelle Mushrooms (cleaned and cut into pieces)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 Pound Sugar Pie Pumpkin (peeled, cleaned out and diced)
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil (separated)
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • Pomegranate Arils
  • Crumbled Goat Cheese

For the Dressing

  • 2 Tablespoons Pomegranate Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Pecan Oil
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

For the Salad

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Place chanterelle mushrooms on one half sheet baking pan and diced pumpkin on another half sheet pan.
  3. Coat mushrooms with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and make sure that they are well coated (this means getting your hands messy. Get in there and mix it around.)
  4. Coat the pumpkin with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Same as the mushrooms, get in there with your hands and make sure everything is well coated.
  5. Sprinkle some kosher salt on the pumpkin and then evenly sprinkle on the thyme.
  6. Make sure that the mushrooms and pumpkin are evenly spaced on the sheet pans.
  7. Place the mushrooms on the middle rack of your oven and the pumpkin on the top rack.
  8. Cook for 25 – 30 minutes. Check the mushrooms. They should be a bit brown and shrunken by about 1/2 of their original size. Pull them from the oven when they look like that (they should still appear to be moist).
  9. Move the pumpkin down to the middle rack, mix the pumpkin around a bit,  and cook for approximately 10 more minutes. When done, the pumpkin should have browning edges and pierce easily with a knife. Remove from oven.

For the Dressing

  1. While everything is roasting, make the dressing.
  2. In a small container, add the vinegar, orange juice, honey, vanilla and a few grinds of black pepper. Stir to thoroughly combine. Set dressing aside.
  3. You can plate the salad individually, or family style. I prefer family style.
  4. Place the mushrooms on a large plate, followed by the roasted pumpkin. Then add the pomegranate arils and goat cheese. Generously spoon the dressing over the top of the salad.
  5. Serve.

Quick notes

I used a gourmet goat cheese that was coated in different types of pepper. You can use whatever kind of goat cheese you like. Just remember that there are only a few ingredients in this dish, so every flavor really stands out.

To make your life easier, line the sheet pans with foil before putting the mushrooms and pumpkin on them.  By doing this, your cleanup consists of pulling off the foil and throwing it away.

Variations

All the ingredients in this dish love black pepper. So make sure that you serve this salad with a pepper grinder so people can add what they like.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 40 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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7 comments

Austin Suladrena January 1, 2012 at 5:51 am

Make Chicken Marsala with the gorgeous wild chanterelle mushrooms in peak season here in the Pacific Northwest.

Charissa December 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I want this right now. You really must drop in and visit! ;) Just bring a bowl of this…haha.
Ultimate, healthy comfort food!

Pamela December 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I’ll bring this if you promise to make some of that peppermint hot cocoa of yours.

MyFudo December 14, 2011 at 12:30 am

I am so amused by the way you tell your story…
Just the same way I am so into your salad recipe. How did you know I cant say goodbye to pumpkin just yet? Thanks a lot for sharing!

DessertForTwo December 13, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Wow! Your photos took my breath away. Seriously stunning! And yummy too!

Mushrooms Canada December 13, 2011 at 11:41 am

What an amazing blend of flavours and textures! Who can say no to mushrooms and goat cheese? I know I can’t!
– Brittany

Belinda @zomppa December 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Sorry…sounds like my day yesterday! At least this is delicious and beautiful!

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