Dramatic-looking black rice--which has a mellow, sweet taste--comes from several places in the world, including Thailand and Indonesia. If you can't find it, wild, brown, or red rice would also work (cook according to package directions).
2/3 cup black rice*
1 pound butternut squash
1/2 teaspoon sweet smoked Spanish paprika*
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons sliced green onions
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
How to Make It
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the rice, adjust heat to maintain a lively simmer, and cook until rice is tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and rinse with cool water.
Preheat oven to 375°. Peel and seed squash and cut into 1-in. cubes. In a large bowl, toss squash with paprika, salt, and 1 tbsp. oil. Spread on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast, stirring occasionally, until browned and tender, about 40 minutes. Let cool. Spread pecans on another baking sheet and toast until fragrant, stirring once, 6 to 8 minutes.
Whisk together remaining 2 tbsp. oil, the lemon juice, maple syrup, and pepper in a serving bowl. Toss with reserved rice, roasted squash, green onions, and most of pecans and pomegranate seeds. Sprinkle with remaining pecans and pomegranate seeds.
*Find black rice and smoked Spanish paprika at Whole Foods Market or other well-stocked grocery stores.