Butternut Ambrosia Salad

1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dried currants
1 cup water
8 cups butternut squash, peeled, deseeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups Gala or Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and diced
3/4 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw walnuts, roughly chopped
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup freshly chopped cilantro
1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
1/4 cup orange juice
2 T. lime juice
2 T. tamari, soy sauce, or Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 T. garlic, minced
1 T. toasted sesame oil
1 1/4 t. cinnamon
3/4 t. ground ginger
3/4 t. curry powder

In a small bowl, place the dried cranberries, raisins, and currants; pour the water over the top, and set aside for 20-25 minutes or until plump. In a food processor, working in batches, process the cubes of butternut squash to finely chop them. Transfer the finely chopped butternut squash to a large bowl and repeat the process with the remaining cubes of butternut squash. Add the apples, celery, green onions, coconut, walnuts, and sunflower seeds, and toss lightly. Drain the plumped fruits and add them, along with the remaining ingredients, to the bowl, and toss the mixture well to combine. Set the salad aside for 15 minutes or more, to allow the flavors to blend before serving.

Yield: 2 Quarts


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