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Mediterranean Pumpkin Salad

Updated on February 9, 2012

(Serves 4)

This is a great salad for potluck or dinner parties as it can be made well in advance. For bigger crowds just double up the quantity. Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.


Ingredients:

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 onion

1 red or green pepper

1 medium-hot pepper

400 gram / approx. 1 medium butternut squash (or other firm pumpkin)

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

100 ml vegetable broth

Sea salt & pepper to taste

2 garlic cloves

2-3 tbsp. olive oil

A handful of roughly chopped parsley

2 tomatoes or a handful of cherry tomatoes

A handful of olives



Preparation:

  • Peel the pumpkin, remove the seeds and cut into cubes (approx. 1 cm / ½ inch).
  • Chop onion.
  • Cut Peppers in half, remove seeds and cut into long strips.
  • Cut medium-hot pepper in half, remove all seeds and cut into little chunks.
  • Cut tomatoes into cubes or half the cherry tomatoes.


Cooking:

  • Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in frying pan and fry onion, pepper, hot pepper and pumpkin for approx. 5 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice, vinegar and vegetable broth to pan and cook at medium heat for approx. 5-10 minutes, depending on firmness of pumpkin. Important: Don’t overcook, pumpkin should still be a bit firm (al dente)!
  • Season with salt & freshly ground pepper and let cool off.


Dressing:

  • Peel the garlic cloves, put through garlic press and add to the vegetables.
  • Add another 2-3 tbsp. olive oil, chopped parsley and tomatoes.
  • Mix vegetables well.
  • Garnish with some olives.


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    • novascotiamiss profile image
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      novascotiamiss 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Trish, so clad you liked it. By the way I can also recommend the European Pumpkin Bread that goes very well with this salad.

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      Brenda 5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      It turned out really good. Even my kids ate it witch was surprise see they are very picky. It is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing it.

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      novascotiamiss 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Trish, I would really appreciate to get your feedback. This recipe is very simple but also very healthy and best of all tasty.

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      Brenda 5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      This looks and sounds so good. I love Mediterranean food. I'm going to make this for dinner tonight as I already have everything on hand. I'll let you know how it turns out

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      This one is new to me. Looks delicious. I love all the ingredients you have there so I must try this.

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      MikeSyrSutton 5 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      This looks fantastic! Thanks...voted up.

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      sounds and looks delicious! definitely worth a try when I have my next crop of pumpkins :)