Chefs Jaret Foster and Mona Johnson, of Tournant catering in Portland, Oregon, created this bright, tart salad as a counterpoint to a rich Thanksgiving dinner. Whole parsley leaves are tossed with mixed chicories, slices of pickled winter squash, and an apple cider vinaigrette for nice palate-cleansing acidity.

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Credit: Thomas J. Story

Recipe Summary

1 day
1 day 50 mins
50 mins
Serves 10 to 12




Instructions Checklist
  • Make pickled squash: Using a handheld slicer such as a mandoline, slice squash paper-thin. Pack squash slices into a 1-qt. jar or heatproof container.

  • In a small saucepan, combine remaining pickled squash ingredients with 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt.

  • Pour hot brine over squash. Cool to room temperature, then cover and chill for at least 24 hours and up to a month before serving.

  • Make dressing: Put vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, both oils, and salt and pepper in a pint jar and shake vigorously to emulsify.

  • Separate chicories into leaves and tear any very large ones in half; leave smaller ones whole. Rinse, dry, and put in a very large bowl. Add parsley leaves.

  • Just before serving, add 1 cup pickled squash. Toss salad lightly with salt and pepper, then drizzle in vinaigrette, starting with about 1/2 cup. Toss salad to thoroughly coat each leaf, then add more vinaigrette to taste if needed.

Chef's Notes

Make ahead: Pickled squash, up to a month, chilled. Dressing, up to 2 weeks, chilled. Salad, up to 1 day through Step 5, chilled and covered with damp paper towels.

Note: Gluten free, depending on mustard ingredients.


Tournant, Portland, OR

Nutrition Facts

131 calories; calories from fat 65%; protein 1.9g; fat 10g; saturated fat 1g; carbohydrates 10g; fiber 3.5g; sodium 664mg.