We love this light couscous salad with winter squash served as a holiday side or weekday lunch.
2 cups couscous, cooked to package directions
1 1/2 – 2 lb butternut squash
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
handful of fresh mint, chopped
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp orange zest
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp honey
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cook the couscous and toss with some olive oil.
Cook the butternut squash: pierce the squash several times with a sharp knife. Place on a plate and microwave on high for 5-10 minutes. Remove from the microwave and let cool until you can handle it. Cut in half, remove seeds, cut into bite sized pieces trimming off the skin as you go.
Prepare the dressing: Combine all the ingredients in a blender or whisk until you have a smooth dressing. Adjust any ingredients to taste. Combine the couscous with the squash, pomegranate, and mint. Toss with dressing or serve the dressing on the side.