Warm PUMPKIN salad with chickpeas, orange & tahini dressing.


Pretty pumpkins! such a strange word..pumpkin. My kitchen is reflecting the season with lots of orange & golden veges. And especially pumpkin one of my loved foods. As a child in NZ ,roasted pumpkin with the Sunday roast was always a must along with the roasted tatties (potatoes) & the meat, oh & the peas. Happy to say that the roasted meat days are long gone for me but my love of roasted veges remain…thanks Mum!

Pumpkins have such a lovely shape  that it is almost a shame to cut them but they are also delicious..so it is. Last week I made a new salad of warm roasted pumpkin, chickpeas & Orange with a tahini dressing and everyone loved it so I shall share it with you.

ingredients:   serves 4

1 lovely looking pumpkin, any kind

2 oranges

400g can chickpeas / or you can boil your own

handful of greens of your choice

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 crushed garlic clove

1/2 tsp all spice

For the dressing:

3 Tbsp tahini

3Tbsp lemon juice

3 Tbsp water

1 tsp roasted sesame seeds

1 tsp salt

1 garlic clove


Heat the oven to 180 degrees & prepare a baking tray with baking paper. In a small bowl whisk together the oil, garlic,1 tsp salt & the allspice, set aside.

Cut , peel and de-seed the pumpkin into small but chunky pieces. Place on the baking tray & pour the oil mixture over the pumpkin, mix with a spoon so it is well coated. Cook for about 20-25 mins. You want the pumpkin to be soft but still firm so it doesn`t fall apart.

While the Pumpkin is cooking make the dressing. In a mortar & pestle crush the garlic clove with the salt. Add the tahini, sesame seeds, lemon juice & water. Whisk to a good consistency adding more water as you go so you have a creamy dressing. The dressing should have a good balance of nuttiness from the tahini & sourness of the lemon.

Drain & rinse the chickpeas. Peel & cut the oranges into rounds. On a serving plate make a bed of the greens.

When the pumpkin is cooked cool slightly & then place in a bowl with the chickpeas. Stir in the tahini dressing. Place the mixture on the bed of greens & top with the oranges.

Done! Super simple as good food should be.

Lots of love




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