Lightly Spiced Butternut Salad
Credit: Foodeva Marsay
1 Large Butternut squash (peeled and cubed into Chunks)
1 Medium Onion (finely sliced)
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 Whole Red Dried Chillies
A Little Turmeric Powder (less than ¼ teaspoon)
½ teaspoon Chilli Powder
Salt to season
1 Tablespoon Sugar
~ Heat 3-4 Tablespoons of Oil in a Pot
~ Add in the mustard seeds and dried red chillies and once they begin to simmer, add and Sauté the sliced onions until lightly browned
~ Follow with the Butternut Cubes/Chunks, and add the Turmeric, Chilli Powder and Salt to taste, Mix through well and add ½ cup water, close pot with Lid and allow to gently cook through at medium/low stove setting.
~ After 10-15 minutes of cooking, OR when water is absorbed and Butternut is Softened yet still holding it’s cubed/chunk shape, add in the sugar, and gently shake the pot, do not over stir the Butternut, and switch off the stove.
~ At this stage your Lightly Spiced Butternut is ready to serve now as a SIDE DISH on it’s own.(see pic below),
FOR THE SALAD
~ Any Variety of Salad Leaves, I used Baby Leaf Frizze
~ ½ Red Pepper, Thinly sliced
~ Small Red Onion, sliced into thin rounds.
~ ¼ Cup Cubed Feta Cheese, Or more to Your liking.
~ 1 Tablespoon each of Flaked Almonds and Pinenut Seeds, Dry Roast in pan and keep aside.
2 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Creamy Salad Dressing (today I used an Italian Salad dressing variety)
Salt and Garlic or Lemon Pepper seasoning, OR freshly cracked Black Pepper (to lightly season)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon Sugar
▶️ Whisk all Salad Dressing Ingredients together and keep aside.
~ Layer All the salad Ingredients onto a Large Serving Platter,
~ Top with the cooked Butternut Chunks (Add the bits that may have become a little too soft during cooking, it just adds to the overall texture and enhances Visual appeal;).)
~ Drizzle the Salad Dressing all over the salad, saving some to serve on the side.
~ Scatter the dry roasted flaked almonds and pinenuts on top.
✨Note… Try using the red pepper and red Onion variety as it a little sweeter/mild, which complements the butternut perfectly✨
See blog for more pics on this recipe https://marsay786.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/lightly-spiced-butternut-salad/