Weekly Food Finds – August 7th, 2020 – Rimann Liquors

Weekly Food Finds – August 7th, 2020

August 7, 2020

Roasted Squash Couscous Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium butternut squash (peeled and cut in to ½-in pieces)
  • 2 ½ Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ Teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • 1 ½ Cups pearl couscous
  • 2 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon oil
  • 2 Teaspoon honey
  • ½ Small red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 4 Cups baby arugula
  • ½ Cup blanched almonds (toasted and roughly chopped)
  • 2 oz Pecorino cheese (similar to Parmesan, but made from sheep’s milk instead of cow’s milk.  It is a hard salty cheese) You can substitute Romano or Asiago if you can’t find Pecorino. 

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 450°
  2. Toss butternut squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper.  On rimmed baking sheet put the butternut squash and roast until golden brown and tender, 20-25min.
  3. Meanwhile, cook 1 ½ cups pearl couscous per package directions.  Drain and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil, and 2 teaspoon honey. Toss with ½ small red onion (thinly sliced) and let stand 5 minutes.
  5. Toss couscous with onion mixture, then fold in squash, 4 cups baby arugula, ½ cup blanched almonds (toasted and roughly chopped) and 2 oz pecorino cheese (shaved with peeler).

NOTE:  You can prepare the squash and couscous in advance and refrigerate up to 2 days. Then toss with the lettuce and dressing before serving.

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