Friday, December 23, 2011

Asian Pear Spaghetti Squash Pomegranate Salad

What is that expression.. iimitation is the sincerest of flattery.
These last two post, seem to be inspired by my latest trip to Colorado. Once again, Denver has it right, with the fine dining, and gluten free alternatives, Root Down is an amazing restaurant, with an awesome menu. My recipe here is inspired by a dish that I ate, while at Root Down.   With some simple tweaks, by omitting the Star Anise Vinaigrette sauce because it had rice and making my own little vinaigrette, and using an aged Cheddar I was wanting to create a dish that would satisfy my craving until I can get back for a visit! 

I felt slightly hesitant that my family wouldn't love this dish as much as I did. My husband who does not like Spaghetti squash loves this dish, and had seconds, and will be taking some to work tomorrow. It turned out amazing, even though we were unable to make it precisely the same.


1 Spaghetti Squash
2 Asian Pears (sliced)
4 Tablespoons of Pomegranate
1 cup of Candy Walnuts (paleo Recipe here)
3/4 cup of sliced mushrooms
2 garlic cloves
2 Chicken Breast (if desired, but not needed)
Kosher Salt
4 tablespoons of Olive oil 
1 tablespoon of butter
4 cups of Arugula

1/2 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons of Balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 tsp of pink Himalayan salt 
Dash of pepper
2 teaspoons of lemon juice ( fresh squeezed)
Dash of granulated garlic

Pre- heat oven for 425 degrees, and roast Spaghetti Squash 45 minutes to an hour. If you are new to roasting Spaghetti Squash I have a standard recipe here. This is great time to salt and pepper your chicken and bake it covered for 30 minutes or until done. 

While Spaghetti Squash is roasting, roast your sliced pears for 10 to15 minutes. Sprinkle one tablespoon of olive oil or grape seed oil on top, to keep moist.

Start Candied Walnuts. 

Saute diced garlic, and sliced mushrooms in one tablespoon of butter for ten minutes. 

Once Spaghetti squash is roasted, and soft. Take your fork along the inside of the squash, and shave out the squash. 

Layer, the squash on the bottom adding all the other ingredients as you desire them. Add cheese if you chose, we used Kerrygold Dubliner cheeseToss and serve!

Powerful Antioxidants, and adds so much color to this dish!

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