It’s been a while since I wrote a recipe blog post, but with the nights drawing in, there’s nothing like some home-cooked grub. Something I’ve always loved is a fresh salad with some roasted ingredients thrown in. With the weather getting colder, this is the perfect meatless autumn salad. Now don’t get me wrong, I love meat, but this is already a pretty hearty meal without adding chicken or something similar. To keep in theme with the season, I decided to use pumpkin as the main roasted veg but if you’re not keen, you can switch to a butternut squash instead.
Meatless Autumn Salad – Serves Two
You Will Need:
1 small pumpkin
2 small red onions
1 garlic clove (grated)
1tsp of coconut oil
2tsp of mustard (seeded kind)
2tsps of balsamic vinegar
1 sprig or rosemary
Peppery salad leaves
4 vine tomatoes
Drizzle of balsamic glaze
Drizzle of olive oil
- Set the oven to 180C and place a tin with the coconut oil in whilst it’s heating up.
- Chop the pumpkin into rough cubes that are about half an inch to an inch in size then cut the red onions into eighths, or if you prefer them chunkier, into quarters.
- Pop into the heated tin with some salt, pepper and the garlic and make sure that everything is coated in the coconut oil evenly.
- Leave them in the oven for about 20 mins to roast a little.
- Whilst that’s going on, combine the mustard, rosemary and the balsamic together and then mix it in with your roasting veg for another 25-30 minutes depending on what your oven is like.
- Get your salad bowls ready with your leaves and cut the tomatoes into quarters.
- Drizzle on a little of olive oil and balsamic glaze and mix into the salad.
- Take your veg out the oven, 45-50 minutes should leave your pumpkin beautifully tender and the onions softer in the middle and crispier on the outside.
- Top your salad with your roast veg and trickle any remaining juice in the pan over your salads.
So there you have it; sit back and enjoy! Of course, if you really want to add some chicken, then feel free to. Colder weather can lead to so many not so healthy comfort foods but I love this meatless autumn salad because it’s a nutritious salad but so incredibly hearty.