Roast Pumpkin and Walnut Salad

This salad is incredibly easy to throw together and makes a great lunch and dinner. Walnuts are one of my favourite Omega-3 rich nuts. Omegas are essential when it comes to healing dry and irritate skin due to their ability to reduce inflammation and hydrate the skin from the inside out.

 

Ingredients (serves 3-4)

700g butternut pumpkin, peeled & cut into 2.5cm cubes
• Olive oil cooking spray
400g rocket
½ cup beetroot, sliced (optional)

Walnut Dressing

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove, crushed

 

Method

1.Preheat oven to 230°C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Place pumpkin, in a single layer, on tray. Spray with oil. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and tender, turning halfway during cooking. Allow to cool on tray.

2.Make walnut dressing: Heat oil in a small, non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add walnuts. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until walnuts are lightly toasted. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.

3.Combine rocket, beetroot (if using) and pumpkin in a serving bowl. Add dressing. Toss gently to combine. Serve.

Anna Mitsios

Adv. Dip. Naturopathy. Adv. Dip. Nutrition. B.Com (Honours)

Anna’s career began in the corporate sector, where she specialised in corporate finance and private banking for over ten years working in Sydney and New York for a large Australian bank. Anna’s career change was sparked by her own health journey, following a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at 18 years of age. Her diagnosis triggered her intense study of botanicals and nutrition to manage auto-immune condition and assist others in attaining optimal health. Anna has been involved in the pursuit of herbal medicine and nutrition for over 15 years, with a focus on fertility, women’s and chidlren’s health. Anna’s naturopathy career has included working as a naturopath within a reputable natural fertility clinic in Sydney, within a pharmacy and health food store and running her own naturopathy practice. Anna is committed to creating products founded on naturopathic philosophies, using wildcrafted and exotic ingredients and encouraging her clients and people who use her skincare to nourish their skin, from the inside-out.

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