This is the next in my series of slightly interesting tasty salads (sits), which started with the Buckwheat, Mozzarella, Tomato and baby Spinach Salad. I know what you are saying “slightly interesting”! but hey I don’t want to oversell it and it is definitely tasty.
At the moment, there is a lot growing in the garden, but very little actually ready to eat, in fact pretty much only radishes and chard. The chard I will leave for another day, but the punchy, pink, peppery radishes I wanted to do something with, as they can really perk up a dish. Butternut squash is really sweet and buttery when roasted, so the radishes contrast fantastically well with it. Quinoa I like for its interesting texture and as it doesn’t have a powerful taste, it works well with other stronger flavoured things. Irritatingly, I have managed to train myself to pronounce it “keenwa”, only to discover that actually it is ok to say “kwinowa” which is how it looks like it should be said! I expect I will get over it.
Anyway, the final main ingredient, the nuts, provide (surprisingly enough) a nutty taste that goes well with the squash as well as a crunchy texture.
Method for making Butternut squash, quinoa, radish and walnut salad
Take a large butternut squash, peel, remove the seeds inside and chop it into chunks, then roast in olive oil for about 50 minutes. In the meantime, cook the quinoa in plenty of boiling water, for 10 minutes only, as otherwise it can lose all texture and develop into an amorphous mass. Leave to cool and drain. Roast the walnuts for about 10 mins, as this enhances the flavour and crunchiness.
Make a dressing with virgin olive oil and lemon juice and season it, then mix in the roasted butternut squash, sliced radishes, drained quinoa, then sprinkle on the toasted, chopped walnuts and some chopped parsley. Serve with whatever you feel in the mood for; I had it with some lovely crisp little gem lettuce.
Would I make this again?
Yes, definitely. It was tasty and satisfying and even fairly healthy. This may be about enough healthiness I can cope with for the moment, I can feel something sweet and biscuity calling out to me.