Another seasonal salad, the cooking time is a bit longer than the warm rice, orange & watercress salad, but it’s as quick to put together once the ingredients are ready. This one is from the Waitrose monthly magazine.
2 beetroot, peeled
2 red onions
1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into wedges
1 ½ tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
100g bulgar wheat or quinoa
Flat leaf parsley
Juice half lemon
Splash cider vinegar
Salt & pepper
Preheat the oven to 220°C, bas mark 7. Cut the beetroot and red onions into small wedges. Toss with the squash and 1 tbsp oil in a large roasting tray; spread out evenly and season. Crush the coriander and fennel seeds with a pestle and mortar and sprinkle over the top. Roast for 30 minutes, tossing halfway through.
To easily extract the pomegranate seeds from the skin, cut the fruit in half, turn the halves upside down over a bowl and bash with a rolling pin or a pestle. Once done, set to one side.
Meanwhile, rinse the bulgar wheat (or quinoa), put in a pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes (or 8-10 if quinoa) until tender.
When the vegetables are tender, toss together with the bulgar wheat and pomegranate seeds and parsley.
To make the dressing mix 1 tbsp of the lemon juice with 3 tbsp olive oil, add salt and pepper. Spoon over the salad mixture.