Winter Squash Pomegranate Holiday Salad with Ginger Tahini Dressing

This is my absolute favorite salad around the holidays. It is bright and zesty and sturdy enough to stand on its own for a weeknight dinner or as a substantial side for a nice piece of grilled salmon. Plus, this salad is rich in numerous anti-oxidants including hazelnuts and pomegranate to fight aging and disease and loads of healthy plant-based fats to keep you energized and your blood sugar stable.

Ingredients

The Salad

  • 4 cups arugula

  • Seeds from one pomegranate (see this video to learn how to get those seeds out)

  • 2 cups butternut squash, cubed, about 1 inch (use precut or see how to cut a butternut squash here)

  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil (can use olive)

  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts, chopped

The Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons tahini

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 inch ginger, peeled, chopped

  • Juice from one lime

  • Sprinkle of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss butternut squash with oil, sprinkle with salt and place on baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

  2. Meanwhile, wash and pat dry arugula and place in large salad bowl.

  3. Chop hazelnuts with the side of your knife or with a mortal and pestle and set aside.

  4. Make dressing by blending together tahini, oil, garlic, ginger and lime juice. Add in water and sprinkle of salt to taste.

  5. When squash is ready, top arugula with roasted squash, pomegranate seeds and hazelnuts.

  6. Drizzle with dressing and serve.

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Amy Jackson Rind

Amy Rind works with busy women to reclaim their lives from the health burdens of stress, aging and fatigue. With practical, real food changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can truly begin to nourish your mind, body and spirit. Journey into healing by identifying your unique nutrition needs that will help you and your family feel better, think better and create the life you were meant to live.

Amy earned her 700-hour nutrition consultant certification with honors from Bauman College. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross.