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Pumpkin Salad with Maple Dressing

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Pumpkin Salad with Maple Dressing

How was your weekend? In Australia we had a long weekend for ANZAC day, so it feels like a long time between work days {always a good thing}.

Over the weekend Hubby was on night shift, and my sister was laying flooring in her new house, so I gathered up all the kids {hers and mine}, popped in a Wiggles CD and drove out to my Ma’s for the day {on Saturday}. It was messy and fun, and involved lots of fighting over the same toys.

Mum, always the mother, whipped up this salad for us for lunch and it was goooood. So good that I made it the next day for lunch AND dinner. The maple dressing is perfect, and not as strong as you’d imagine. The vinegar cuts through the sweetness, making it perfect. I love the capsicum {tomatoes would easily work in its place though}.

Pumpkin Salad with Maple Dressing


1/2 Jap pumpkin, seeded, peeled, cut into 2cm pieces
2 tbs olive oil
1 red capsicum, seeded and cut into 2cm pieces
150g baby spinach leaves
1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded and diced into 2cm pieces
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
100g feta, crumbled<

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red vinegar
2 tbs maple syrup
2 tsp wholegrain mustard

♥ Preheat oven to 200ºC. Line a tray with baking paper.
♥ Toss pumpkin with oil, place on tray and bake for 15-20 minutes, until just tender.
♥ Toss capsicum with pumpkin while still warm.
♥ Cover, and allow to cool.
♥ Make the dressing by whisking all the dressing ingredients together. Season to taste.
♥ Combine the remaining salad ingredients together. Top with pumpkin and capsicum. Drizzle with dressing.

Pumpkin Salad with Maple Dressing

What’s your favourite veggie dish at the moment? I’d love to try some more, if you feel like sharing.

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  • Barb N

    .. this salad looks and sounds delicious Chantelle… I love it…. thanks for the recipe ..
    Hugs… Barb xxx

  • YUM! Sounds delis, unfortunately I don’t have all those ingredients on hand and my shopping day isn’t for another 9 days (who’s counting hey!) but it’s going on my meal plan for next fortnight!! My Mum does a similar salad but includes sweet potato, red onions and carrots in the roasting pan and it is really (really, really) good 🙂 Thanks for the idea, I can’t wait to try it!!

    • Yum, your mum’s salad sounds great too. I hope you enjoy it when the next shopping day rolls around. 🙂

  • This looks so good! We’re all about the plant based foods and have been working our way through all my salad and meatless Monday recipes on the blog. All the noms!

    • Yum! What’s your fave on your blog? I’d love to try some more too.

      • The Golden Veggie Shepherd’s Pie (hubby asked for this to be back on the meal planner this week, he loves it that much) you can make it in your slow cooker or on the stove top, the felafel salad and the pumpkin and silverbeet bake. I’ll send you some links 🙂

  • Debs

    Yum! Making this today. Will toast up some pumpkin seeds to add instead of the pinenuts as that’s all I have in the pantry at the moment and will add cherry tomatoes instead of capsicum. TY! x

  • This looks delicious! I love pumpkin salads and I find they are always a winner to bring to a BBQ or dinner. Will have to try this gorgeous maple dressing!