Spicy squash and broccoli salad

This hearty salad is a great example of where how you cook something can completely change the texture and taste.. in this recipe I roasted both the butternut squash and the broccoli and it was utterly delicious. Served with crispy bacon and a soft boiled egg.. Can it get any better?

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Serves 4

Cost per person £1.17


2 tbsp of rapeseed oil

1 large butternut squash

1 large whole broccoli

Large sprig of thyme

Large sprig of rosemary

2 large red onions

1 tsp of cumin seeds

1 tsp of coriander seeds

1 tbsp of chili flakes

4-5 cloves of garlic

1 egg per person

6 large tablespoons Olive oil

1/2 lemon

Salt and pepper

2 large handfuls of spinach and rocket (I only had a left over bag of salad the last time I made this, and when the photo was take, but that was fine!)

4- 5 rashers of smoked bacon (If you are vegetarian or just don’t like bacon, add a teaspoon of smoked paprika when you put the broccoli in the oven instead)


Now it may look like a lot of ingredients, and therefore a complicated dish, but it’s really just a case of throwing everything in an oven dish.

The first step is to get your oven on and heating up whilst you prep your veg- I would suggest about 190 degrees centigrade if you have a fan oven. Whilst your oven is heating dice the butternut squash into even size chunks and add to an oven proof dish with the oil, garlic, herbs and spices and mix well, so the squash is well coated in the spices.


Put in the oven and roast for about 25 mins.

Whilst the squash is roasting, prepare the remaining ingredients by slicing the broccoli (try to slice it rather than just pulling off the florets). and the red onions into log strips. Slice the rashers of bacon in half too. After 25 mins add the broccoli and the bacon and cook for a further 10-15 mins until the bacon is crispy and the broccoli is cooked and brown.

Whilst the broccoli and bacon are cooking prepare the final elements of the dish… boil the eggs (for large eggs I boil for 4 mins to ensure the white is cooked but the yolk is soft), and make a simple dressing of 1 part lemon juice to 3 part oil, salt and pepper. Then its simply a case of assembling.. salad leaves on the bottom, squash/ broccoli and bacon on top of that, soft boiled egg, and to top it off a drizzle of the lemon and oil dressing. Now to tuck in!

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