Acorn Squash with Pomegranate and Kale Tabbouleh

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Acorn Squash with Pomegranate and Kale TabboulehRecipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

This is a fun dish to "carve" at the table, as each person gets one wedge to enjoy as a side dish. For an entrée take, give each person half a squash.

Serves 8 (serving size: 1/4 stuffed squash)


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2 acorn squash
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons uncooked bulgur
5 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup thinly sliced stemmed green kale
1 cup thinly sliced stemmed red kale
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
3 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 cup tahini
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses


Hands-on: 25 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Slice tops off squash, and reserve. Scoop out seeds and membranes; discard. Brush insides of squash evenly with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle insides with 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place squash and squash tops on a baking sheet; bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until tender.

3. Combine 1/4 cup boiling water and bulgur in a small bowl; cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let stand 20 minutes. Fluff bulgur with a fork.

4. Combine 1/4 cup lemon juice, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add kale, bulgur, pomegranate arils, red onion, and toasted almonds to bowl; toss well to coat.

5. Combine tahini, remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons juice, and garlic in a small bowl. Spread tahini mixture evenly around insides of cooked squash. Divide kale mixture evenly between squash. Drizzle evenly with pomegranate molasses.

Created date

September 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 250
Fat 14.4 g
Satfat 1.9 g
Monofat 7.4 g
Polyfat 4.4 g
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrate 29 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 257 mg
Calcium 104 mg