Halloween Roasted pumpkin/seed salad with blue cheese, rocket and a chia, lemon mustard dressing.

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I have to admit that I have a tiny weeny bit of Halloween fever, which obviously inspired this pumpkin salad. This is an adult friendly version of a healthy Halloween treat. As I do realize that blue cheese could be a Halloween horror on its own for most kids! None of the rubbish sweet stuff here, just natural sweetness from the roasted pumpkin. It’s a delightful salad and full of texture and flavor. The sweetness of the roasted pumpkin with the salty creaminess of the blue cheese, plus a delicious crunch from the roasted pumpkin seeds makes for a mouth watering combination and one that frankly in my opinion is a match made in heaven.

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Now, let me tell you about the roasted pumpkin seeds. If you have never tried them then it’s something that needs to be on your bucket list. I know, that it may sound rather dramatic, but they are heavenly and taste like popcorn in a seed form. The rocket and micro greens are what make this into a salad of sort, but they are not there just for decoration but rather for the bitter and herby hit that it adds to this salad.

The dressing is where the health part really kicks in, chia seeds, olive oil and whole grain mustard, and a dash of honey and lemon juice for acidity.

Happy healthy eating and happy Halloween

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Serves 2

Ingredients –

  • 400g Pumpkin – peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Chilli flakes – optional
  • 100g blue cheese – crumbled
  • ¼ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1-2 cups rocket and micro greens

Dressing –

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. lemon – juiced
  • ½ tsp. whole grain mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Recipe –

  • Put the pumpkin in a roasting dish add the oil, salt and chili flakes and roast at 200 degrees C for 40 minutes
  • Allow to cool
  • Roast the pumpkin seeds in a pan – be careful not to burn them
  • Mix the dressing ingredients together and taste – adjust seasoning if necessary
  • Arrange pumpkin on a plate, leaving a hole in the center of the plate
  • Put the rocket and micro greens in the middle/hole of the plate
  • Break up pieces of blue cheese and arrange on top of pumpkin
  • Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds on top
  • Dress the salad and sprinkle with some micro greens and just before serving

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