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Pumpkin Couscous Salad

Pumpkin Couscous Salad - sweet butternut squash salad with chargrilled capsicum, mint & couscous.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Modern Australian
Keyword butternut squash couscous salad, pumpkin couscous salad
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 as a side
Calories 200kcal
Author Lee-Ann Grace | Chef Not Required

Ingredients

  • 600 g butternut pumpkin / butternut squash (1.3lbs) chopped into 2cm / ¾" cubes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup dry couscous fine
  • ½ cup chopped chargrilled capsicum reserve 1 - 2 tbsp of packing oil
  • cup finely sliced shallots / scallions / green onions
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves chopped
  • juice of 1 small lemon to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180c /350f, and line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  • Add chopped pumpkin (600g/1.3lbs) to a bowl, then add ground cumin (1 tsp) and garlic powder (1 tsp) and mix to coat pumpkin in spices.
  • Then add olive oil (1 tsp) and mix to coat, then place pumpkin on a lined baking tray (don't wipe out bowl) and bake for 20 to 25 mins or until pumpkin is tender.
  • Cook couscous (½ cup dry) according to packet directions and set aside.
  • When pumpkin is cooked, return pumpkin to original bowl. Add cooked couscous and mix gently to combine, then add chargrilled capsicum (½ cup), shallots (⅓ cup) and mint (½ cup) mixing to combine.
  • Mix through chargrilled capsicum oil (1-2 tbsp to taste) and lemon juice to taste. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Notes

  • I love using the oil that the chargrilled capsicum is marinated in as the dressing. It's cheap and full of flavour!
  • I don't wipe out the bowl after I mix the pumpkin and spices, because I don't want to waste the spiced oil that is still in the bowl after you tip out the pumpkin. We want every bit of flavour we can get!
  • The cooking time of the pumpkin will depend on what size you chop it. Mine is approximately 2cm (3/4") cubes. 
  • The secret to this being a quick recipe is to do all the other prep (other than chopping and seasoning the pumpkin) while the pumpkin is baking.
*Please note that the amount of calories per serve is provided as a guide only, as ingredients and cooking methods can vary greatly*