Taco Salad With Pumpkin, Black Beans, Corn & Poblano Peppers

I couldn’t help but notice this gnarly looking pumpkin at the farmers’ market. With a little research I learned that this winter squash is called a Green Goblin Pumpkin. Other names are Marina di Chioggia and Sea Pumpkin.

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I’ve never been much of a pumpkin eater. Unlike Peter (the pumpkin eater), I have managed to keep my wife for 42 years, or, more accurately, she has kept me. Also, unlike Peter, I am not a murderer. While I never cared that much for pumpkin I do like winter squash. But in reality, pumpkins are a type of winter squash.

There is obviously enough pumpkin here for more than one meal. I decided to use some of it in a taco salad. Black beans, corn and winter squash are commonly used together in salads, so I am not doing anything new here.

I diced some of the pumpkin into small cubes, tossed them with olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper, red chili powder, cumin powder, finely sliced fresh sage leaves and a squeeze of lime juice.

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The seasoned pumpkin cubes were then roasted in the oven at 425ºF with the convection fan on.

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pumpkin

 

Rinsed and drained canned black beans and the roasted pumpkin went into a small sauce pan.

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Tomato paste, roasted corn and a little water were added.

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pumpkin

pumpkin

 

When the corn was tender homegrown roasted poblano peppers were added.

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To assemble the salad I arranged arugula, spinach and radicchio in freeform tortilla bowls.

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Then I added thinly sliced cucumbers, radishes and cherry tomatoes.

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pumpkin

pumpkin

 

The tortilla bowls were then filled with the black beans, pumpkin, corn and poblanos, then topped with cilantro and avocado.

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