According to popular belief, salads are enjoyed as summer food. But really, salads can be enjoyed all year round. Especially if you add some hearty vegetable ingredients to them. This roasted pumpkin and beetroot salad is bursting with colour, textures, and flavours. It’s the tastiest winter salad, and it’s packed with so much goodness.
Adding pumpkin and nuts to salad somehow makes it feel like comfort food. You can feel warm and satisfied by keeping the beetroot and pumpkin warm too.
This winter salad is a fantastic option for vegetarians, with a good mix of nutrients. But for those who like to have a serving of protein with their meals, this pairs nicely with grilled chicken.
Many people love goat’s cheese. For that extra punch, goat’s cheese is a good option and compliments the salad ingredients well.
While we’ve chosen to use almonds, you can choose a variety of nuts to go with this winter salad. Walnuts, almonds, and pecans are a great addition. But, if you have a nut allergy, you could add seeds, such as roasted pepita seeds or quinoa for that extra crunch and texture.
While the light option of red wine vinaigrette has been chosen for this recipe, green goddess dressing or caramelized balsamic vinegar will complement the salad too.
Finally, we buy freshly cooked beetroot that has been packaged. However, if you want to add fresh beetroot from the grocer, pop it into the oven when you cook the pumpkin. Be sure to use a separate baking tray for the beetroot as the cooking time may vary and the beetroot could bleed.
This winter salad is a terrific mix of colours, and will help you to get those important serves of vegetables into your daily diet. Aiming to have a variety of coloured vegetables in your diet will give you a substantial mix of nutrients.
As previously mentioned, we love pumpkin at Retirement Now. We’re always finding innovative ways to add this versatile vegetable into our main meals, side dishes, and desserts. Why you may ask? Well, pumpkin has so many health benefits, and it is a satisfying, filling vegetable. While it’s low in calories, it’s rich in vitamins and minerals, containing beta carotene (found in orange vegetables). Beta carotene (precursor of vitamin A) is good for your eyes, immune system, and skin. Pumpkin is also high in fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, which is healthy for your heart.
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