I was inspired to create this recipe first by a delicious bean salad I had out for dinner the other night and then spotting a beautiful butternut squash at the farmers market this week...probably the last one I'll have this season! Basically I took these two "ingredients" and combined them with a light and fresh dressing of lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. The combination worked perfectly!
BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND BEAN SALAD FOR ONE
1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup white beans
1 scallion, sliced
2 tbsp red bell pepper, minced
1 tbsp red onion, minced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 romaine heart leaves roughly chopped
1/2 cup roasted butternut squash, cubed
1/4 avocado, diced
crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Prepare all ingredients from beans through lemon juice. Combine these ingredients in a small bowl and set aside to let marinate.
While the beans marinate prepare the romaine, squash and avocado.
Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl, top with fresh cracked salt and pepper (and optional red pepper flakes).
Toss well seasoning to taste. Enjoy!