Roast beetroot and pumpkin salad with walnuts and rocket

Serves 4 as a side

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Roast beetroot and pumpkin salad with walnuts and rocket

An elegant and colourful salad, that perfectly balances the sweetness of roasted vegetables with the pepperiness of fresh rocket leaves and a zingy mustard dressing.

Ingredients

The salad
  • A few handfuls of fresh rocket leaves
  • A few handfuls of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 bunch of baby beetroot
  • A good-sized wedge of Kent pumpkin
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup of walnuts (crush them a little)
  • A really good handful of pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and toasted sunflower seeds (optional)
The dressing
  • About 2 tsp of seeded mustard
  • About 2 tsp of maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • A good pinch of salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • About 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar
  • About 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar

Directions

    The salad
    • Wash and wrap the baby beetroot individually in foil, then roast at 200 degrees C for about 30 minutes, until you can easily poke a knife through. Unwrap, then rinse under cold water (wear gloves!) and the skins should slide right off, or you can leave the skins on. Cut into small quarters.
    • Slice the pumpkin into thin wedges (leaving the skin on will help the wedges keep their shape). Toss with a little olive oil and a pinch of salt, arrange on a baking tray and roast at the same time as the beetroot.
    • Put the rocket and spinach in a serving bowl and, and top with the cooled beetroot and pumpkin. Sprinkle over the walnut and seeds, drizzle with the dressing, and serve immediately.
    The dressing
    • Whisk all ingredients together, then taste and adjust the amount of maple syrup and vinegar to suit your palate.
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