Roasted Pumpkin and Lentil Salad with Feta and Yoghurt Dressing

, from Issue #105. September, 2022
Photography by Josh Griggs.
Roasted Pumpkin and Lentil Salad with Feta and Yoghurt Dressing

Sweet and earthy pumpkin pairs beautifully with the garlicky feta dressing and the crunchy toppings.

Serves: 6


1½ kilograms butternut or crown pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into large chunks
olive oil
sea salt and ground pepper

1½ cups thick plain yoghurt
100 grams creamy feta
3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons each olive oil and tahini
finely grated zest 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice

To serve
400-gram tin brown lentils, drained and rinsed
150 grams creamy feta
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons each toasted pine nuts and sesame seeds
2 tablespoons fresh dill
chilli flakes, for sprinkling


Preheat the oven to 200°C fan bake.

Toss the pumpkin on a large baking tray with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for about 25 minutes, until just tender.

FETA AND YOGHURT DRESSING: Blitz all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

to serve: Spread half the dressing on a serving plate and top with the lentils. Pile on the pumpkin and crumble over the feta. Top with the onion, pine nuts, sesame seeds, dill and as much chilli as you like. Serve the remaining dressing separately.

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