Yes! When in peak season and peak flavor, you can enjoy butternut squash raw. Ribbons of its sweet buttery flesh bejeweled with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds make for a vibrant salad that is much easier to put together than its good looks would suggest. And an orange marinade is the secret flavor booster in this recipe. The longer the squash marinates, the more tender it will become, making this a good make-ahead salad option.
Underwater aril magic
To avoid painting your kitchen red when removing seeds (arils) from a pomegranate, cut the fruit into quarters and then submerge them in a bowl of cold water. Break seeds away from the white, pithy part of the fruit while underwater. Drain and retain seeds.