Roast pumpkin and pine nut salad

Roast pumpkin and pine nut salad

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Mark Roper

You don’t need 20 ingredients in a salad – just a few different flavours as well as textures for interest and contrast. The green beans add crunch here.


Quantity Ingredient
1 large butternut pumpkin, unpeeled, halved lengthways and seeds reserved
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
80g pine nuts
90ml honey
small handful long green beans
120g rocket leaves
120g baby english spinach leaves
100g feta cheese, crumbled

Balsamic dressing

Quantity Ingredient
60ml balsamic vinegar
60ml olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C (or 200°C for a fan-forced oven).
  2. Slice the pumpkin into 2 cm slices, season with salt and pepper and drizzle over the olive oil. Lay the pumpkin flat on a large baking tray and roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
  3. After 30 minutes, sprinkle over the paprika and cook the pumpkin for a further 10 minutes. Remove the pumpkin from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. Put the pine nuts in a small dry frying pan over medium heat and fry for about 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Add the honey and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring to coat until sticky, then remove from the heat.
  5. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring 500 ml water to the boil. Season the water then add the beans. Cook the beans for 2-3 minutes until bright green but still with some crunch, then transfer to a bowl of iced water. Set aside until serving.
  6. For the dressing, in a small bowl whisk together the vinegar and olive oil. Season and taste to check the balance of flavours – it should be quite acidic.
  7. Assemble the salad by combining the rocket and spinach leaves in a bowl. Add the pumpkin and beans and drizzle over the dressing. Top with the pine nuts and crumbled feta cheese and serve.
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