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Caramelized pumpkin, beetroot and hazelnut salad

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Caramelized pumpkin, beetroot and hazelnut salad

Caramelized pumpkin, beetroot and hazelnut salad

Happy happy salady days in the warm weather (Australia)! Thankfully this is also a great salad for those snowed in at the moment because you can serve it as a warm salad which has that hearty feel as well.


3 cups baby spinach

1 cup rocket leaves

2 cups  pumpkin pieces

1 cup  beetroot pieces

2 spanish onions, chopped roughly

1 cup roasted hazelnuts

1/2 cup slithered mint leaves

1/2 cup oil

Balsamic vinegar

Firstly, mix 1/2 cup grapeseed oil (or coconut) and 1/4 cup balsamic to toss the pumpkin pieces in. Then place them on a baking tray and put them in a 200 deg C oven. Toss the beetroot pieces in the balsamic and oil mix, and place them on a separate tray and roast. Thirdly, toss the chopped purple (spanish) onion through the mix and put it on a 3rd tray into the oven. Roast each until cooked through – note, the onions will cook through and caramelise first, the pumpkin pieces second, and the beetroot generally takes a LONG time depending on how large your pieces are. Test them with a fork to check they are soft. Then they are ready.

Once roasted and cooled, add to a bed of spinach leaves and rocket. Sprinkle roasted hazelnuts on top and chopped mint leaves. Drizzle any remaining oil/balsamic mix that remains over the top and enjoy!

It looks festive, doesn’t it!


Author: Rah

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