Smashing Pumpkin and Spinach Salad

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A simple salad with the sweetness of roasted pumpkin and onions creates the perfect combination with baby spinach leaves. This salad is particularly good with steak and packs a healthy punch with the goodness of spinach leaves and a very simple dressing. If I am making this for guests, I will often roast the pumpkin, cook the onions and toast the almonds well beforehand. The pumpkin and onion have to be warm before going on to the spinach leaves, so I pop them in the microwave for a minute when I am ready to assemble the salad.

Time: 40–50 minutes

Serves: 4–6

Ingredients:

  • 1kg pumpkin, 1–2cm diced
  • 140g baby spinach leaves
  • 2 onions, halved and finely sliced
  • 3 tablespoons flaked almonds
  • Oil

Dressing

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper 

Method
Line a roasting pan with baking paper and put pumpkin in pan, then toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 180°C until pumpkin is cooked with a nice roast burnish (about 40 minutes).

While the pumpkin is roasting, put almonds in a dry non-stick frying pan and cook over medium heat until toasted. Set aside.

In the same pan, cook the onion in a little oil over a low heat until it softens and slightly caramelises.

Place spinach in a bowl and top with hot pumpkin and onions. If you cooked them earlier, pop them in the microwave for a minute to heat up.

Dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, season with salt and pepper, toss, then sprinkle with toasted almonds.

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