Delicata Squash Salad with Persimmons and Pomegranate Dijon Vinaigrette

A cool-weather salad filled with roasted delicata squash, persimmons and pomegranate that’s brimming with bright  flavors and colors.

Roasted Delicata Squash Salad with Persimmons and Pomegranate Dijon Vinaigrette Delicata Squash Salad with Persimmons and Pomegranate Dijon Vinaigrette

While this time of the year warm soups and hearty casseroles often steal the spotlight, I think that a substantial salad brimming with seasonal favorites like squash and hearty greens has its place at the dinner table as well.  One with body and heft, that’s loaded with colors and big, bright flavors ranging from sweet to tart, especially when a nice, zippy vinaigrette is involved.

Of course the possible variations are countless but I’m quite partial to this delicata squash salad loaded with persimmons and pomegranate seeds.  It‘s a wonderful mix of sweet, tart, crunchy and creamy all in beautiful shades of gold, red and green.

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Dark Chocolate Mousse Truffle Squares

These dark chocolate truffle squares are smooth and intensely chocolatey.

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Pure deliciousness, that’s what these little squares are.

Now if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you’re probably already familiar with my penchant towards the dark stuff.

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a good chocolate tart, a silky pot de crème, a rich chocolate fudge slice, and I’d give everything a good dip in it if given a chance.  So I suppose it comes as no surprise that I’d be swooning over chocolate truffles, but let me tell you, these are no ordinary truffles!

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Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

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This meal in a glass is bursting with berries, pineapple and greens.  As temperatures climb frosty drinks offer a welcome salvation from the heat, especially… 

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Spinach and Herb Cauliflower Couscous Stuffed Zucchini

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Zucchini boats are filled with a crunchy mixture of cauliflower “couscous” flavored with baby spinach and fresh herbs then topped with pine nuts. Zucchini has… 

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Fresh Mint Granita with Watermelon and Raspberries

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A scoop of cooling, fresh mint granita takes the sweet/tart flavors of watermelon and raspberries to new heights. A fresh and frosty treat that’s simple… 

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Spicy Mango Cucumber Salad Skewers

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Skewers of mango and cucumber dressed with fresh chili, lime and salt are an utterly refreshing collaboration of salty, sweet, tart and spicy tastes.  Here’s a fun… 

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Fig, Green Bean and Radicchio Salad with Hazelnuts

Fig, Green Bean and Radicchio Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts from gourmandeinthekitchen.com-5

Tender green beans, juicy figs and crunchy radicchio are tossed together with fresh herbs in this summery salad. Simple salads are a staple for me… 

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Chilled Tomato Peach Soup with Pistachio Basil Pistou

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Warm weather favorites unite in a refreshingly light and vibrant chilled soup. While a steaming bowl of soup is probably the last thing that comes… 

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Snap Pea Slaw Cups with Avocado Chive Cream

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Irresistibly crunchy and crisp, these snap pea slaw cups are perfect for warm weather meals and outdoor entertaining. I just can’t seem to get enough… 

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Zucchini Noodles with Caper Olive Sauce and Fresh Tomatoes

Just a few minutes are all it takes to create a bowl full of zucchini noodles topped with a tangy caper olive sauce and juicy sweet cherry tomatoes.

Raw zucchini noodles are topped with fresh cherry tomatoes and a tangy caper olive sauce in this fresh and quick no-cook dish. Long sunny days… 

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Collard Vegetable Wraps with Creamy Basil Hemp Seed Sauce

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A fresh vegetable filled wrap with a creamy, cooling basil hemp seed sauce that’s perfect for lunchboxes, picnics or a light meal. I’m a bit… 

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Rejuvenating Root Juice | Carrot, Beet, Blood Orange, Ginger, Turmeric Juice

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This zippy juice with the power of carrots, beets, oranges, lemons, ginger and turmeric will put a little pep in your step. You know that… 

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