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Arugula, Squash & Salami Salad

Arugula, Squash & Salami Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
The salsa verde can be made up to 4 hours ahead of time. Keep it covered and refrigerated until just before serving to preserve the color. You can roast the squash up to 1 hour in advance. Keep it at room temperature and toss with the salsa verde just before serving.


  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tsp. capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 lb. butternut squash, halved, seeded, peeled and cut into cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lb. arugula
  • 1/4 lb. salami, cut into thin strips
  • 2 Tbs. pine nuts, toasted


Make the salsa verde
In a blender, combine the garlic, parsley, mint, capers, mustard, 1 tsp. of the vinegar and the 1/4 cup olive oil. Process until smooth.

Roast the squash
Preheat an oven to 500°F.

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the squash with 1 Tbs. of the olive oil, season generously with salt and pepper, and spread in an even layer. Roast, shaking the pan vigorously every 5 minutes, until the squash is tender, about 15 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Add the salsa verde and toss gently to coat evenly.

Assemble the salad
In a large bowl, combine the arugula, salami, the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil, 1/4 tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper. Toss to combine, then add the remaining 2 tsp. vinegar and toss again. Arrange the salad on plates and top with the squash. Sprinkle with the pine nuts and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Salad, by Brigit L. Binns (Oxmoor House, 2007).