Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Spiced Butternut Salad

A new menu has started and of course we have a salad on it. The menu is all about spices, from Saffron to Chili to Harissa, Curry and Tandoori and of course I will share the recipes here. Like the title gives it away, I like to start with the salad. I love salads and like to experiment a bit with them. This one here is a very simple salad, totally vegetarian and delicious. The Butternut is cut in small cubes which are then roasted with spices and honey. The sweet chili dressing is really simple with bought sweet chili sauce, honey and a good vinegar and to give the whole salad some more texture, I made deepfried potato spaghetti and topped the salad with it.

To cook with spices is one one side challenging but on the other side very rewarding. It gives so much flavour to the food and atthe same time one can cut down a bit on the salt, which makes everything healthier again. Even in salads one can play with spices. For Example instead of doing a simple chicken Caesar, try to season the chicken with Cajun Spices, I tell you, the salad will have a lovel lick to it and taste delicious

But now to the recipe

750 G Pumkin
10 G Cinnamon
30 G Honey
25 G Chili
Salt, Pepper
75 G Green Oak Lettuce
75 G Red Oak Lettuce
75 G Lollo Rosso Lettuce
75 G Lollo Biond Lettuce
100 G Rocket Lettuce
50 G Cilantro
100 G White Beans
75 G Sweet Chili Sauce
15 G Sesame Oil
25 G Cider Vinegar
50 G Sunflower Oil

Peel the pumpkin and cut in 1 cm cubes
Season with Cinnamon, Honey, Chili, Salt and Pepper
Roast in the oven till tender
Clean all the lettuce leaves
Mix all ingredients for the dressing
Plate the lettuce in a deep pasta bowl
Sprinkle with the roast pumpkin
Drizzle with the dredssing

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