Roasted Pumpkin, Kale & Couscous Salad

This post comes from our contributor Jill of a Better Happier St. Sebastian.

Roasted Pumpkin, Kale + Couscous Salad

1 small red kuri pumpkin
1 cup Israeli couscous
2 cups kale
2 tbs olive oil, divided
1 tbs cumin
1/2 tbs garlic powder
salt and pepper
1/2 cup roasted garlic pumpkin seeds (recipe to follow)
1/4 cup pomegranate molasses vinaigrette (recipe to follow)

Preheat oven to 400°. Using a very sharp knife, cut pumpkin into quarters. Using a spoon,
remove seeds and pulp. On a large baking sheet, rub pumpkin with 1 tbs olive oil and coat
with cumin, salt and pepper. Roast until flesh is fork tender, approximately 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, warm 1/2 tbs olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Toast the couscous
until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add 1 1/4 cup water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil,
stir and reduce to a simmer. Simmer, covered for 10 minutes. After time has elapsed, stir the
couscous, remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium skillet over high heat, warm 1/2 tbs olive oil until shimmering. When oil is hot,
sauté kale, garlic powder, salt and pepper until kale has wilted, about 3 minutes.
Combine kale, couscous, and pumpkin seeds. Mix thoroughly and dress with vinaigrette. To
serve, top roasted squash pieces with couscous salad.


Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Seeds

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 tbs olive oil
2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper

In a cast iron skillet over high heat, toast pumpkin seeds, stirring constantly until they are
puffed and crackling. Remove from heat and pour into a small bowl. While still warm, mix
with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.

Pomegranate Molasses Vinaigrette

1 tbs pomegranate molasses
1 1/2 tbs cider vinegar
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper

In a small nonreactive bowl, whisk to combine pomegranate molasses, cider vinegar, olive
oil, garlic powder and salt and pepper.

kale close up

kale end

For more of Jill’s recipes visit her blog a Better Happier St. Sebastian.

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This looks amazing. Simple, healthy, delicious. I will be making it this week!

Cute presentation! And the recipe sounds great. Thanks for the great idea!

Mmh it seems so good !
I love the plates and the table tho :)
I post a pumpkin recipe too, but it’s pretty poor compared to this one ^^
xoXo <3

Great recipe – yummie!

Mmm! I love couscous. Pinning this so fast.

Warm Regards,

Justine Inman

This sounds so delicious! I love cooking during the holiday season!!!

This looks to DIE for! I am going to replace the couscous with Quinoa since I am Gluten Intolerant but I cannot wait to make this tasty fall dish!