Christmas celebration salad with maple dressing

With chunks of roasted pumpkin, fine ribbons of zucchini and creamy mozzarella finished off with a sweet maple dressing, this vibrant Christmas salad will stand out from the rest.

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Christmas celebration salad
  • 1 medium butternut pumpkin, peeled, seeded, large chunks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 bunch rocket
  • 1 small radicchio, cored, leaves separated
  • 1 zucchini, peeled into ribbons
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 2 buffalo mozzarella, torn
  • 2 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 fresh long red chilli, jullienne
Maple dressing
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed


Christmas celebration salad with maple dressing
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200°C. Line an oven tray with baking paper.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, oil, maple syrup and chilli flakes. Season. Spread over tray. Roast for 25-30 minutes until tender and caramelised.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, to make maple dressing; in a jug, whisk all ingredients together. Season.
  • 4
    On a serving platter, arrange rocket, radicchio, zucchini, pumpkin and mint leaves. Drizzle with dressing. Top with mozzarella, pine nuts and chilli to serve.


Make the dressing ahead and store in the fridge in a screw top jar. Shake well before serving.

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