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Crunchy Squash Satay Salad

by Naomi Twigden, Anna Pinder from Lunchbox Salads

A nutritious salad of roast butternut squash and quinoa with crunchy red cabbage and pepper. This perfect light lunch or supper is finished with a creamy Satay dressing.

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Naomi Twigden, Anna Pinder


1 small butternut squash
Coconut / olive oil
120g quinoa
½ red cabbage
1 green pepper
2 portions of Satay dressing (see ingredients below)
For the Satay dressing:
2cm piece fresh ginger
80g peanut butter (preferably smooth and sugar-free)
8 tsp soy sauce
10g picked fresh coriander leaves
2 tsp honey (optional)
1 fresh red chilli (optional)
Zest and juice of 1-2 limes (optional)


First, make the Satay dressing. Peel the ginger and drop into a blender. Add the peanut butter, soy sauce and coriander and blend until smooth. Run the machine while adding hot water in small amounts to achieve a creamy consistency. For a sweeter sauce, add the honey. If you want a kick of heat, add the chilli. Add the lime for zing.

This recipe makes four portions of dressing but only two portions will be needed for the squash salad. The dressing can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days. It also freezes well for 3 months in ice cube trays. Thaw before using.

Now for the salad.

Preheat the oven to 200C and boil a full kettle. Peel the squash and cut into roughly 3cm chunks, discarding the seeds. Place on a baking tray with a splash of oil and a pinch of salt. Roast for 15-20 minutes until tender and golden. Halfway through cooking, give the tray a shake / stir to prevent the squash chunks from catching.

Meanwhile, put the quinoa in a pan and cover with boiled water. Cook for 8-10 minutes until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water.

While the quinoa cooks, remove the outer leaves and core from the red cabbage, then thinly slice. Dice the pepper into small strips, discarding the core and seeds.

Mix the cabbage and pepper through the quinoa and season with a pinch of salt. Toss the squash in the Satay dressing.

To pack: spread the quinoa in two lunchboxes and pile the squash on top.

Try this:

– Drizzle oil and honey onto a chicken breast and sprinkle with some sesame seeds. Bake in a 180C oven for 15-18 minutes. Slice and add to the lunchbox.

– Sprinkle with toasted and lightly crushed peanuts for extra crunch.

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