This simple delicious squash is perfectly caramelized and supremely tender. Adding a mix of toppings creates a nice combination of sweet and savory tastes and crunchy and creamy textures, as well as bright, presentation-worthy appeal. Can be served as an appetizer or a main dish.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Tahini and Almond Feta [Vegan]

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Calories

212

Serves

5

Cooking Time

55

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Ingredients

For the Squash:

  • 1 large (2 1/2- to 3-pound) butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons avocado or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For the Topping:

  • 1 tablespoon raw organic tahini
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Pinch pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 ounce Baked Almond Feta, finely crumbled (1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
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Preparation

For the Squash:

  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 425°F. Using sharp vegetable peeler or chef’s knife, remove skin and fibrous threads from squash just below skin (peel until squash is completely orange with no white flesh remaining, roughly 1/8 inch deep).
  2. Halve squash lengthwise and scrape out seeds. Place squash, cut side down, on cutting board and slice crosswise 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Toss squash with oil, salt, and pepper until evenly coated. Arrange squash on rimmed baking sheet in single layer. Roast squash until side touching sheet toward back of oven is well browned, 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Rotate sheet and continue to bake until side touching sheet toward back of oven is well browned, 6 to 10 minutes. Remove squash from oven and use metal spatula to flip each piece. Continue to roast until squash is very tender and side touching sheet is browned, 10 to 15 minutes longer.​

For the Topping:

  1. While squash roasts, whisk tahini, oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, and salt together in small bowl.
  2. Transfer squash to large serving platter. Drizzle tahini mixture evenly over squash. Sprinkle with almond feta, walnuts, and parsley and serve.

Notes

For the best texture it’s important to remove the fibrous flesh just below the squash’s skin.

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Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 212 | Carbs: 24 g | Fat: 14 g | Protein: 4 g | Sodium: 275 mg | Sugar: 4 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.