Winter kabocha salad at Prado, Montelucia Resort Scottsdale

Prado winter squash salad

Green salads aren't nearly respected enough in the food world, but when they are truly inventive, balanced, and satisfying, it's a far greater achievement than a nice entree. This seasonal salad looks deceptively simple, even reductionist, on the plate, but the combination of roasted Asian kabocha squash with apples, pomegranate, brussel sprout leaves, pistachios and a light honey champagne vinaigrette hit a perfect note of complexity and balance in texture and taste. It performed exactly as an appetizer should, enlivening the palate for what was to follow.

The Prado Restaurant

 

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