Steamed butternut squash is tossed with toasted cumin seeds, shallots and a champagne vinaigrette.
Set up a steamer. Fill with one inch of water and place over medium-high heat. Refer to the lessons on Steaming for more information, if necessary.
Peel the squash and remove the seeds. Cut into even, 1" -inch cubes and place into the steaming basket.
Once the water is simmering, place the basket over the pot and season the squash with a pinch of salt. Cover with a lid. Steam until tender and cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes or so.
While the squash is steaming, toast the cumin seeds. Heat a small fry pan over low heat. Add the seeds and cook until fragrant. Once done, remove them from the pan and set aside.
To make the vinaigrette, place the champagne vinegar, honey and olive oil into a small jar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Shake the vinaigrette to emulsify and taste for seasoning, adding more honey, champagne vinegar, salt and/or pepper to taste. Set aside.
Emince the shallot lengthwise and roughly chop the cilantro leaves. Set aside.
Once the squash is just tender, transfer to a large bowl and let cool to room temperature.
Sprinkle the shallots and cumin seeds over the squash. Shake the vinaigrette again to make sure it is emulsified. Pour it over the squash and toss gently to coat. Transfer the salad to a serving bowl and garnish with the chopped cilantro. Serve.