Pumpkin Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts

    1 hour 10 minutes

    This is a wonderful warm salad using butternut pumpkin slowly cooked in the oven then combined with feta, pine nuts and caramelised onions.

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    Serves: 2 

    • 1 butternut pumpkin, halved and seeded
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 red onions, sliced
    • 4 tablespoons pine nuts
    • 150g feta, crumbled
    • 2 tablespoons mint, diced
    • 1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • olive oil and balsamic vinegar, to garnish

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
    2. Place the pumpkin in a roasting tin, cut side down. Fill the roasting tin with about 1cm of water.
    3. Roast the pumpkin in the preheated oven until tender; approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Add more water to the tin if necessary while roasting.
    4. Meanwhile caramelise the onions: In a small frying pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and stir only occasionally. After stirring every few minutes or so add a teaspoon of water as needed to release the caramelised bits from the bottom of the frying pan. Continue this process until the onions are soft and caramelised; about 20 minutes.
    5. Meanwhile toast the pine nuts by heating them in a dry frying pan over medium heat. Watch carefully and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes or until the pine nuts are golden brown.
    6. Once the pumpkin is slightly cool remove the skin and dice into 3cm pieces.
    7. Assemble the salad by combining the diced pumpkin, caramelised onions, toasted pine nuts, feta, mint, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Toss the salad to combine all ingredients then place in a serving bowl or platter. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to serve.

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    I am always looking for veg mains, and I really enjoyed this! I think that people would skip the toasted pine nut part but that is what makes this!!! I want to put toasted pine nuts on everything now!  -  15 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)