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'pick me up' salad

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350g/12oz butternut squash, peeled, deseeded, cut into cubes

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 small cauliflower, cut into florets, core discarded

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Salt flakes and coarsely ground black pepper

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1 teaspoon runny honey

120g mixed salad leaves

40g rocket leaves

250g cold cooked turkey, torn into shreds

100g blueberries

for the dressing

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon, grated rind and juice

3 tablespoons fresh or frozen chopped parsley

2 teaspoons runny honey


Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan assisted/Gas mark 6. Add the butternut squash to a roasting tin, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil and roast for 10 minutes. Turn the squash and add the cauliflower. Sprinkle with the paprika, turmeric and oregano and salt and pepper then drizzle with the remaining oil. Roast for 10 minutes.

Dry fry the seeds for 2-3 minutes in a nonstick frying pan until toasted. Drizzle with the honey, cook 1 minute until the honey is just beginning to caramelise then take the pan off the heat and leave to cool.

Add the salad leaves, rocket, turkey and blueberries to a large salad bowl and chill in the fridge until the roasted vegetables are cooked.

Add all the dressing ingredients to a screw topped jam jar, add the lid and shake until well mixed. Drizzle over the salad leaves then top with the warm roasted vegetables and serve immediately. SERVES 4