Monday, October 22, 2012


This week the host for The Food Matters Project is Erin of The Goodness Life. Erin chose Mark Bittman's recipe for Raw Butternut Salad with Cranberry Dressing. I have never had raw butternut squash or even thought about eating it raw so this was an exciting challenge for me. I shredded the butternut squash, made an orange vinaigrette, and topped the salad with dried cranberries, chopped Marcona almonds, and crumbled blue cheese. What a delicious combination. I could see myself becoming addicted to this salad, it's that good. I used Citron Tea in the vinaigrette and the slices of citron really put this salad over the top. You can read more about Citron Tea here. It's the best marmalade I have ever had.

For Mark Bittman's recipe visit Erins blog here. You can check out the other members take on this recipe at our Food Matters Project site here.

Erin and I are very excited to be the new managers of The Food Matters Project. Check out our updated Pinterest Board, our new schedule here with some fantastic recipes coming up and PLEASE, invite your friends to join our group.


1 Butternut Squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and seeded
Dried Cranberries
Marcona Almonds
Blue Cheese

3/4 cup orange juice
6 TBSP. balsamic vinegar 
2 TBSP. Dijon mustard
2-3 TBSP. Citron Tea ( or orange marmalade)
Black Pepper

Grate the butternut squash by hand or in the food processor. Transfer to a large bowl.

Whisk together the orange juice, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, black pepper, and Citron Tea. Add the dressing to the squash and toss. Top each plate with dried cranberries, chopped Marcona almonds and blue cheese.


Meg @ said...

I was really glad to hear that I wasn't the only one who hadn't considered eating raw butternut squash before. The cranberry dressing was perfect with it, though!

Thanks for taking the lead on the project, Lexi!

Erin @ The Goodness Life said...

Oh wow, your vinaigrette sounds delicious. I'll have to bookmark it for all those times I want something more than oil and balsamic! So glad you liked the raw squash - I wasn't sure at first, but happy to be taken outside my comfort zone!

Angry Asian said...

congrats on your new position as co-manager of the project. i confess to being a little worried that the group was fading, so so SO GLAD it's not.

Lexi said...

Thanks Meg! Erin are excited about energizing the project. I loved the salad.

Lexi said...

Great Pick Erin!

Lexi said...

Thank you Lan! We are hoping to grow the membership back to where it was in the beginning and we are so happy you are part of our group.