As with all of our recipes we have tried to remain faithful to what would have been available in 1621. Although, in some of our recipes we have decided to add ingredients that would suit our modern tastes. For instance, the addition of balsamic vinegar rather than a cider vinegar. There is also the modern convenience of having fresh fruits and vegetables available year round. It seemed a shame to not add a recipe because it wasn't historically perfect. Just know that we have kept the main ingredients and the majority of ingredients authentic and accurate for a Thanksgiving table in 1621.


1 cup dried blueberries

1 cup balsamic vinegar

1 cup oil

1 tablespoon of oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed

! large red onion, cut into wedges

1 large head green leaf lettuce, washed and torn into pieces

1 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

Pepper to taste

Make the Blueberry Vinaigrette


Place the dried blueberries and vinegar into a pan and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer about 20 or 30 minutes. The blueberries will be plump and rehydrated and the vinegar will be reduced to about a third of a cup. Let this cool a little and then put it into a blender with 1 cup oil and 1/2 tsp salt. Blend until smooth. This can be done a couple of days ahead and stored in the refrigerator.


Bake the butternut squash


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Peel the squash with a vegetable peeler or sharp paring knife. Then cut into bite size chunks. Peel the onion and cut into wedges.

Place onion and squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Roast in oven until brown around the edges and tender. About 30-45 minutes. Remove and let cool until warm but not hot.


Create the salad


Just before serving make a bed of lettuce in a serving bowl or platter and mound the squash and onions in the middle. Sprinkle the top with the fresh blueberries and pumpkin seeds. When ready to serve drizzle the entire salad with the blueberry vinaigrette and serve immediately.

 Many hoops thanksgiving recipes salads blueberry squash salad


To make the salad

3 tablespoon balsamic, red wine or apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup corn oil

Mix all ingredients together and stir vigorously or shake well. The dressing can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to pour on the salad.

 Many hoops thanksgiving recipes salads blueberry squash salad

  More recipes for salads are coming!