Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash with Tahini

Rachel Ama's easy vegan recipe for Roast Beetroot and Butternut Squash with Tahini Dressing is the ultimate satisfying summer salad. Bursting with fresh, flavourful ingredients, this dish is a great one for a weekend lunch or light midweek dinner.

Introduction

A hearty salad that combines maple-glazed squash and beets with salad leaves, tomatoes and nutritious lentils, all drizzled in a creamy tahini dressing. If you’re not a fan of balsamic vinegar, you can substitute it with fresh lemon juice. I like to use light tahini for a smooth dressing – I’ve listed a few brands I like on page 244 (of Rachel Ama's Vegan Eats) as some can be quite bitter.

Serves 4
Easy

Ingredients

2 large raw beetroots, peeled and chopped
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped
Leaves from 2 rosemary sprigs, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 × 400g tin brown lentils, drained and rinsed
200g mixed rocket and other salad leaves
200g cherry tomatoes, quartered
4 tbsp sunflower seeds
Handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
4 tbsp pomegranate seeds
Salt and black pepper
For the tahini vinaigrette:
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp tahini
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1–2 tsp balsamic vinegar (to taste)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 200°C fan.

Place the beetroot, butternut squash and rosemary in a large baking tray or roasting tin and toss in the olive oil, maple syrup and some salt and pepper until evenly coated. Spread out the vegetables in a single layer and roast in the oven for 40–50 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking time, until tender and slightly crisp.

Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the tahini vinaigrette together in a bowl, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.

Place the lentils and salad leaves in large bowl with the cherry tomatoes and a small drizzle of the tahini vinaigrette and toss until evenly coated.

Transfer the dressed salad to a serving dish and add the still-warm roast vegetables in layers with the sunflower seeds, parsley and pomegranate seeds. Finish with a generous drizzle of vinaigrette.

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