Baked Spicy Delicata Squash Salad with Feta

Delicious Baked Spicy Delicata Squash Salad with Feta, so fresh and tasty with pomegranate seeds (optional) on top. Serve as an appetizer or salad!

Baked Spicy Delicata Squash Salad with Feta

We love this recipe today, Baked Spicy Delicata Squash Salad with Feta (and delish as an appetizer, too!)

Cozy days of winter

Do you ever have days where you feel you’ve gotten nothing done? Hand raised, this happens to me a lot. My best days are when I get up early, get dressed, exercise and knock off a few things on my to-do list. But honestly, in the winter, I want to stay in my robe and slippers, probably way too much.

Baked Delicata Squash Salad with Feta

At the end of the day, if I know I’ll be feeding people for dinner, that makes me happy and motivated.

There’s something about seeing your table full of people you love, with a big pot of some kind of comfort pasta or soup.

Or pulling a scrumptious appetizer from the oven to serve as a casual “come for wine and dinner” night.

Baked Spicy Delicata Squash Salad with Feta

Or making your favorite main dish, and serving a healthy salad, like this Baked Spicy Delicata Squash Salad with Feta, asking your guests to bring bread and wine.

Spicy Delicata Squash Salad with Feta

It’s better to delegate

There’s no harm in asking people to share the cost of a meal. In fact, it’s pretty much the way most people host now.

It’s better to delegate some of the meal than think you can never host because it’s just too expensive.

We need to come together more than ever, and the table can be a place of camaraderie and encouragement.

Today’s lovely winter salad is one you may want to make this month.

I have several squash recipes on my blog, like Acorn Squash Sprouted Rice Bowls and Squash Appetizer Rounds Recipe.

Spicy Delicata Squash Salad with Feta recipe

But what exactly is delicata squash?

Delicata squash taste a lot like butternut squash, but they’re much smaller and easier to prepare. Delicata squash weigh about a pound each, and their skins are edible, which means no peeling required!

Scoop out the seeds with a fork, slice, and bake.

BEST Baked Spicy Delicata Squash Salad with Feta

What’s the best way to cook delicata squash?

After the squash is cut, mix in the spices and olive oil. Lay on a baking sheet and bake!

The squash will start to caramelize, which makes that flavor so yummy!

Assemble with feta and pomegranate seeds and enjoy!

Super festive, and you can also serve with cheese and nuts!

EASY Baked Spicy Delicata Squash Salad with Feta

Is the skin of delicata squash edible?

Of course you know butternut and kabocha squash you have to peel before eating. Or, you can bake or grill with the skin on, but it’s not edible. But certain varieties, like acorn and delicata, have softer, more tender skin, which means you can eat them. No need to peel.

NO PEEL Baked Spicy Delicata Squash Salad with Feta

Enjoy, my friends, as a salad or a healthy appetizer!

More delicata squash recipes: Delicata Squash and Sausage Gratin [Kalyn’s Kitchen], Angela’s Stuffed Delicata Squash [Aggie’s Kitchen], and Bacon Delicata Salad [Beyond Frosting].

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Baked Spicy Delicata Squash Salad with Feta

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 delicata squash
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper plus a few pinches
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 orange zested
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 handful basil leaves finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds optional
  • 1/3 cup feta crumbles

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450° F.
  • Prep the delicata squash with a sharp knife, removing each end, then slicing each squash in half the long way. Use a spoon to scoop out and discard all the seeds from the center. Slice each squash into half-moons—about 3/4-inch thick.
  • In a large bowl, toss squash with 1/3 cup of olive oil, cinnamon, coriander, and garlic powder. Lay squash in a single layer on a baking sheet—this may require two pans to ensure squash has enough room to bake properly—then crack fresh salt and pepper on top and sprinkle a few pinches. of paprika. Bake for about 15 minutes, then flip pans around in the oven (to ensure even cooking)and cook for another 5-7 minutes—the squash will begin to caramelize.
  • Remove squash from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle on feta, basil, and pomegranate seeds. Crack with fresh pepper and serve!

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