I felt like eating pumpkin. Correction: I felt like eating a pumpkin dish that I’d made. So I googled for pumpkin-related recipes and found this roasted pumpkin salad with honey and balsamic dressing recipe. Looks simple enough and I have most of the ingredients. Just had to buy myself some pumpkin because it’s not something that one would happen to have in the fridge.
Something like the Japanese pumpkin slice below costs something like RM6.00. The organic version would have been RM11++. Why Japanese pumpkins? ‘Cos Jaya Grocer sells them, that’s why.
So you remove the seeds and skin, and cut it up to small pieces. Then add a splash of olive oil, some black pepper and salt to ze pumpkin. Use your god-given fingers and mix everything.
Line a baking tray with baking paper, arrange the pumpkin onto the tray. Pop into pre-heated oven at 200°C for 15 minutes.
In the meantime, prepare the rest of the stuff!
For dressing: Combine 1/2 tsp honey + 1/2 tbsp olive oil +1 tbsp balsamic vinegar into a bottle. Shake shake shake, take off the lid and pop it into the microwave for 10 secons or so. Take it out, shake shake shake again until everything’s well combined.
For nuts: heat a pan with small heat. Add pine nuts. Cook and stir for a couple minutes or until they’re golden. Be careful not to overcook, they burn easily. I had to throw away my first batch ‘cos my stove-top fire was too much :( Wasted my precious pine nuts :(
The original recipe calls for spinach. But I don’t know how to eat Western-style spinach. Plus they’re not cheap so I didn’t buy them. I had kidney beans in can, so I used that instead.
Actually you can substitute the pine nuts for almond or walnuts (but pine nuts tastes better, sorry), and the spinach for any other items that you have. Grilled zucchini, rocket leaves, feta cheese… everything tastes great with roasted pumpkins! :D My kidney beans was a good pairing as well. Go wild ;)
Once the roasted pumpkin has been removed from oven and cooled down a bit, mix all your ingredients together and add the dressing to your liking.
Then serve with roast chicken! Or with whatever you’re eating, or just eat it on its own.
It’s delicious, I’m so happy with it! :) I’m going to try this again with other ingredients.