1 cup (250 mL) canned lentils, rinsed and well drained
1/2 cup (125 mL) pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup (60 mL) pistachios, hazelnuts or pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp (30 mL) pumpkin seeds, preferably unsalted
4 cups (1 L) of your favourite baby greens
1/2 cup (125 mL) plain yogurt
2 Tbsp (30 mL) tahini
1 Tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 Tsp (1 mL) each, ground cumin and salt
1 to 3 Tbsp (15 to 45 mL) milk (optional)
Salad: Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Place squash on a large baking sheet. Stir salt and cayenne into melted butter. Drizzle over squash. Stir until squash is coated. Roast for 15 minutes or until tender, stirring halfway through.
Dressing: Meanwhile, stir yogurt with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and salt. Thin with milk if needed, for drizzling consistency.
Place warm squash in a large bowl. Toss with lentils, pomegranate seeds, nuts, pumpkin seeds and then add greens.
Transfer half the salad to a medium-sized platter. Drizzle with half the dressing. Top with remaining salad; drizzle with remaining dressing.
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