Buttercup Squash and Farro Salad with Green Goblin Dressing

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 65 minutes
Servings 6 Cost Per Serving $1.25
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1Small Buttercup or Acorn Squash
1 cupFarro Grain (any whole grain will work)
1 cupArugula
2 tbspWalnuts
2 tbspPumpkin Seeds
1 tspSmoked Paprika
2 tspOlive Oil
1/2 tspSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Green Goblin Dressing
1/2 cupPlain Greek Yogurt
1/2Lemon, Juice and Zest
1/2 cupFresh Mint
2 tbspParmesan Cheese, grated
1 cloveGarlic, minced
1 cupArugula
1 tbspExtra Virgin Olvie Oil
1/4 tspSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. ​Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wash the outside of your squash well and then pierce it a few times with a fork. Place it on a baking tray and then into the oven. Roast for about 40 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, mix the pumpkin seeds, walnuts, smoked paprika and olive oil. Season with a ¼ tsp pinch of salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Take the softened squash and cut it in half, scoop out the seeds. Slice the squash into 3 inch slices drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil and a ¼ tsp pinch of salt and pepper. Place back into the oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Place all the green goblin dressing ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Combine the arugula, farro, roasted squash and a few tbsp of the dressing. Mix well, season to taste and top with the toasted walnuts and pumpkin seeds.


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