Oct 15
2012

Spaghetti Squash with Swiss Chard, Dried Cranberries & Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe

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Spaghetti Squash with Swiss Chard, Dried Cranberries & Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe by Cookin' Canuck

Every year spaghetti squash challenges me to do something other than ladling tomato sauce over top. This time, it’s Swiss chard, dried cranberries and Dijon vinaigrette that turn this versatile squash into a memorable side dish. As I mentioned in the post about Monthly Mingle, this month’s theme is Squashes. Don’t forget to submit your posts!

Aside from cooking up our favorite fall dishes, we are soaking in the rainbow of crimson, yellow and pumpkin orange colors on the mountainside.

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We piled into the car and drove up Little Cottonwood Canyon, towards Snowbird and Alta ski resorts. The brilliant colors of the leaves were starting to fade slightly, but we relished crunching along the paths covered with dry twigs and fallen leaves.

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Each time we go into the mountains, I wonder why we don’t go more often. Inevitably, our youngest son (T) finds a large stick to alternately drag behind him and brandish like a light-saber. But their favorite thing to do is climb along the nearly dry riverbeds, hopping from rock to rock and leaping over tree roots along the way. It’s a kids’ dream and they could happily stay up there all day, playing “international spy” and “Greek gods of the mountains” (thank you for that one, Percy Jackson).

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Coming back home in the cool, crisp weather seemed like a good excuse for a bowl of Smoky Turkey Chili and a side of this easy spaghetti squash recipe.

The recipe:
Using a large, sharp knife, pierce a spaghetti squash in several places. Place the spaghetti squash in a glass baking dish and cook in the microwave on high for about 15 minutes, turning the squash halfway through cooking.

Spaghetti Squash with Swiss Chard, Dried Cranberries & Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe by Cookin' Canuck

Before handling, let the squash stand for 10 minutes. Cut it in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and fibers. Using a fork, twist out strands of the spaghetti squash flesh and place in a large bowl. Let stand at room temperature.

The dressing:
Place the Dijon mustard into a small bowl. While whisking constantly, slow pour in olive oil. Whisk until smooth and well-combined. Whisk in white wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

Spaghetti Squash with Swiss Chard, Dried Cranberries & Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe by Cookin' Canuck

The rest:
For the Swiss chard, cut the leaves away from the stems and discard the stems. Roughly chop the leaves.

Heat the olive in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the Swiss chard and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chard is cooked down and dark green, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the chard and dried cranberries to the spaghetti squash. Pour in half of the dressing, toss to combine. Add more dressing, to taste. Serve.

Spaghetti Squash with Swiss Chard, Dried Cranberries & Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe

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Cookin’ Canuck’s Spaghetti Squash with Apples & Toasted Pecans
Cookin’ Canuck’s Southwestern Spaghetti Squash with Chipotle Peppers, Cilantro & Queso Fresco
Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto & Parmesan
Edible Perspective’s Spaghetti Squash Stuffed Shells
Behind the Bites’ Lemon Spinach Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash with Swiss Chard, Dried Cranberries & Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe

Yield: Serves 6 as a side dish

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 lb.) spaghetti squash
  • The dressing:
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • The rest:
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 6 large Swiss chard leaves
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Using a large, sharp knife, pierce a spaghetti squash in several places. Place the spaghetti squash in a glass baking dish and cook in the microwave on high for about 15 minutes, turning the squash halfway through cooking.
  2. Before handling, let the squash stand for 10 minutes. Cut it in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and fibers. Using a fork, twist out strands of the spaghetti squash flesh and place in a large bowl. Let stand at room temperature.
  3. The dressing:
  4. Place the Dijon mustard into a small bowl. While whisking constantly, slow pour in olive oil. Whisk until smooth and well-combined.
  5. Whisk in white wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
  6. The rest:
  7. For the Swiss chard, cut the leaves away from the stems and discard the stems. Roughly chop the leaves.
  8. Heat the olive in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the Swiss chard and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chard is cooked down and dark green, 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Add the chard and dried cranberries to the spaghetti squash. Pour in half of the dressing, toss to combine. Add more dressing, to taste. Serve.

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1 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch October 15, 2012 at 7:24 am

That looks so good, Dara! Love the photos of your family. So vibrant and fun!

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2 carrian October 15, 2012 at 8:13 am

Love all of those photos, Dara! We totally need to head outside more. Gorgeous spaghetti squash as well.

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3 Christine's Recipes October 15, 2012 at 8:17 am

You pictures are always lovely and beautiful, Dara.
I often make soups with spaghetti squash, haven’t tried making salad with it. Should give it a go later.

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4 Sandy @ RE October 15, 2012 at 8:22 am

Love the photos. Your sons are so handsome!

Today’s Abby’s 16th bday. She’d LOVE this dish. She’s a really healthy eater :)

Hugs, Dara!

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5 Cassie October 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

This dressing – my goodness, Dara, I am salivating. Amazing with the spaghetti squash too, I just love this!

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6 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm

What a fun idea! So colourful and pretty :)

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7 KalynsKitchen October 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I love the sound of this, and so pretty too!

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8 Donna October 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Such an amazing combo of flavors and textures. Wow. And so healthy, too!

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9 Jessica @ How Sweet October 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm

oooh i am loving this!

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10 Brian @ A Thought For Food October 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Ok… this has my name all over it! I’ve done swish chard with dried cranberries before, but the spaghetti squash is just brilliant!

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11 Suzanne October 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Wow, I LOVE spaghetti squash and always looking to find more ways to use it. I can’t wait to try this. On my shopping list already!

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12 Monet October 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm

My mom loves spaghetti squash with butter and cheese, but I’m certain she’d fall heads over heels for this recipe. And I’m always looking for more kale recipes. Thank you for sharing!

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13 Rachel Cooks October 16, 2012 at 5:53 am

This sounds great, especially the vinaigrette, spaghetti squash needs that punch of flavor!

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14 MikeVFMK October 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Love spaghetti squash! And love these fall ingredients, together they look incredible Dara. Oh, and btw, love pics of your family. The colours look amazing at the Canyon.

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15 Kristen October 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Those pictures are gorgeous! Every time we head up the canyon (we’re in West Jordan) I always think “why don’t we do this more often????”

The squash looks amazing, I’m going to put it on the grocery list and give it a shot.

Finally, I read your incredible story of how you changed your life and your body. It’s inspired me. I’ve been halfheartedly working on change but something clicked when I read your story. So thank you!! Now, wish me luck. ;)

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16 Deborah October 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

I love this change up on spaghetti squash! And don’t you love living in Utah – especially this time of year? So gorgeous!

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17 Mestebla October 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I just ate this for dinner tonight and we all loved it! And that is saying something for my four kids all liking it (ages 3-9). I was a little concerned when I tasted the vinegiarette before I added it to the squash, but all the flavors balance each other out. I will definitely be making this again and can’t wait to have some leftovers for lunch tomorrow. :) thanks for a great and healthy recipe.

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18 Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily October 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

What a great idea. I love spagetti squash but also get bored with pairing it with a tomato sauce. I’m so very jealous of those brilliant colours. Living in the Phoenix desert we don’t see any of that or have seasons, it’s still 90F here.

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19 Gloria Davis March 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Oh my goodness this is soooooo good. I added chicken breast to it and made it a meal.

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20 Kari@Loaves n Dishes October 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I love a good mustardy vinaigrette and the colors of this dish are so pretty!

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