Recipe

Roast pumpkin, feta and chickpea salad

Toasted pistachios and preserved lemon add crunch and zing to this roast pumpkin, feta and chickpea salad.

  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Roast pumpkin, feta and chickpea salad

Ingredients

  • 1.3 kilogram (2¾ pounds) butternut pumpkin, peeled,chopped coarsely
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (35g) unsalted pistachios
  • 400 gram (12½ ounces) canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans),rinsed, drained
  • 1 red onion (100g), sliced thinly
  • 150 gram (4½ ounces) baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh chives
  • 100 gram (3 ounces) feta cheese, crumbled
Preserved lemon vinaigrette
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoon finely chopped preserved lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar

Method

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.
  • 2
    Combine pumpkin and oil in a large baking dish; season. Roast about 15 minutes or until tender.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, place nuts on a baking tray; roast, in oven, about 3 minutes or until golden. Remove from tray immediately
  • 4
    Make preserved lemon vinaigrette. Combine ingredients in a screw-top jar; shake well.
  • 5
    Place pumpkin in a large bowl with chickpeas, onion, spinach leaves and vinaigrette; toss gently to combine. Serve salad sprinkled with nuts, chives and cheese.

Notes

To use preserved lemon rind, remove and discard the pulp, squeeze juice from rind, rinse rind well and chop finely.

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