Roasted Beetroot & Pumpkin Salad

healthy choice

It’s hard to decide who the hero is here — the sweet, sticky mustard seed sauce or the roasted veggies that it’s dressing. As far as salads go, this one’s particularly satisfying, warm or cold.

Preparation time Prep: 20 mins
cook 30 mins
Skill level Totally Doable

You will need:

  • 800 g Kent pumpkin
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch (6-8) baby beetroot
  • 250 g rocket leaves
  • ½ cup walnuts, lightly crushed
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
Seeded Mustard Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or agave)
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil


  • 1Preheat the oven to 180°C if fan-forced (200°C conventional). Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  • 2Slice the pumpkin into thin wedges, leaving the skin on to help them keep their shape. Toss with the olive oil and a pinch of salt and arrange on one of the baking trays.
  • 3Wash the beetroot and slice the tops off. Wrap them individually in foil and place on the other baking tray.
  • 4Roast pumpkin and beetroot for about 30 minutes, or until you can easily poke a knife through the beetroot; the beetroot may take a little longer to cook than the pumpkin.
  • 5Carefully unwrap the beetroot and rinse under cold water. The skins should slide right off (alternatively, you may leave them on). Cut each beetroot into quarters and set aside to cool with pumpkin.
  • 6In a small bowl, whisk all dressing ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper, then taste and add a little more maple syrup or vinegar if you prefer a more sweet or more acidic dressing.
  • 7Put the rocket in a serving bowl and top with the cooled beetroot and pumpkin. Add the walnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.
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