Roasted Butternut Squash Butter Lettuce Salad with Spicy Avocado Dressing
For Spicy Avocado Dressing
½serrano pepperseeded and roughly chopped
1clovegarlicpeeled and roughly chopped
2green onionsroughly chopped
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more buttermilk it you like a thinner dressing. Add more kosher salt to taste.
For the Salad
1head butter lettucealso known as bibb lettuce
3cupsbutternut squash chopped into ½ inch chunks
¼cuppepitas or pumpkin seeds
cilantro and sliced serrano peppers for garnish
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Place butternut squash on a foil lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, toss to coat and season with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Place in a 450 degrees F oven and roast for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
For individual salad plates, layer a few leaves of butter lettuce with some of the butternut squash, a few strawberry slices, some feta cheese, pepitas and cilantro and sliced serranos if desired. Top with a few tablespoons of the spicy avocado dressing and more salt and pepper if desired.