Butternut Squash and Smoky Black Bean Salad
If you like to serve a crisp salad at your holiday gathering, may I recommend this butternut squash and smoky black bean salad as a spicy alternative to your regular holiday menu.That’s right, I said spicy. Sometimes I find traditional holiday side dishes to be a bit mundane. Roasted squash? Meh. Roasted squash mixed with chipotle chiles? Amazingly, mind-blowing delicious. Psst! The same concept applies to sweet potatoes. You can thank me later.
I had never been much of a fan of the sweeter side dish options until I discovered this spicy secret. The Hubs loves all things spicy, so needless to say, this butternut squash and smoky black bean salad is now a major crowd pleaser in this house. I would eat the spicy roasted squash by itself, but when you combine it with peppery arugula (another favorite!), black beans, toasted walnuts and creamy goat cheese, you suddenly have a holiday worthy side dish that your friends and family will be talking about long after the table has been cleared.
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