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Dinner Tonight: Spiced Butternut Squash, Lentil, and Goat Cheese Salad

Main dish salads are tricky to pull off, especially around this time of year when you can't just dump a bunch of ripe tomatoes into a bowl with lettuce and call it a dinner. With autumn here, a little extra effort is required. But it also means the results can be even more soulful and satisfying. That's especially true for this salad from Bon App├ętit, which mixes roasted butternut squash with French green lentils.

I was a little perplexed by the pairing at first, but it works. The lentils added an earthiness to each bite, which balanced the sweetness of the butternut squash. I'll admit though, it was the dressing that really sold me. I'm kind of a smoked paprika fanatic, and it works wonders here, transforming a respectable fall salad into something warming and remarkable.

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