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Vegan Butternut Squash Salad with Dukkah

The nutty flavor of butternut squash is amplified in this dish when seasoned with dukkah, a North African mix of nuts and spices. 

Serves: 4

Not only is this salad from the Vegan Everything cookbook packed with nutrients from beta carotene-rich squash and whole grains, but it gets a huge bump in flavor from buttery, toasted nuts and a tangy lemon dressing. 

What you need:

For the Dukkah:
½ cup mixed raw nuts
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

For the salad:
1 small butternut squash
¼ cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 red jalapeño, minced
½ bunch fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
1¼ cups dried instant couscous
1¾ cups boiling water
1 cup chickpeas
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons dukkah

What you do:

  1. For the dukkah, in a dry pan over medium heat, toast nuts, sesame seeds, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds for 4 minutes, stirring constantly, until golden. Let cool, then transfer to a food processor. Add salt and pepper and pulse to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. 
  2. For the salad, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Peel squash, halve lengthwise, and remove seeds. Brush cut sides with 1 tablespoon oil and place cut side down on baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes, or until fork-tender.
  4. While squash is roasting, in a large bowl, combine garlic, jalapeño, and couscous. Pour in boiling water and cover bowl with a plate for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove squash from oven. When cool enough to handle, scoop flesh from skin with a large spoon. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
  6. Remove plate from couscous bowl and fluff with a fork. Mix in squash and chickpeas.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, and dukkah. Toss with couscous mixture and serve.

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