Roasted Pumpkin & Quinoa Salad

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Who said salads are boring… not this kind of salad!

As I always tell people, a salad is what you make it – you can’t just stick a bit of iceberg, a few slices of cucumber and tomato on a plate and expect to be inspired! Hopefully this recipe will help change your mind about how amazing salads can be.

If you haven’t heard about quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) it’s a seed native to South America that contains heaps of nutrients and is a great source of protein. You make it the same way you make rice via the absorption method and when cooked, it looks a bit like cous-cous. It is gluten-free and a great alternative to rice or pasta.


  • 1/2 pumpkin (cut into little cubes)
  • 1 beetroot (cut into little cubes)
  • Spinach leaves – as much as you like
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tsp (heaped) cumin
  • 2 tsp (heaped) turmeric
  • Grapeseed oil for cooking
  • Olive Oil for dressing
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Sprouts – such as alfalfa or broccoli sprouts


  • Mix grapeseed oil, turmeric, cumin & garlic in a large bowl and combine. You need to have a sufficient amount to coat all the pumpkin & beetroot.
  • Stir in pumpkin & beetroot. Place the coated vegetables in a roasting pan & roast at 150° C for about 30 mins or until ready.
  • Cook the quinoa via the absorption method on a low heat for approx. 10 minutes and leave to stand for 10 minutes with a lid on.
  • Mix the roasted veggies, spinach, cooked quinoa, avocado & sprouts in a bowl and serve.
  • Dress with a drizzle of olive oil and some lemon.


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Michelle is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Reflexologist and Reiki practitioner who is passionate about living a holistic lifestyle and helping others to achieve their health goals. She is also a Jungle Body Dance Fitness Instructor, which not only keeps her fit but also helps her to inspire others to feel confident and get in shape.

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