Recipe: Michael Van de Elzen’s Warm Autumnal Salad with Roasted Buttercup and Vine Tomatoes

This simple salad pairs well with roast chicken or fish, or can stand alone as a healthy main. 

Recipe and words: Michael Van de Elzen

Serves: 4


1 large buttercup squash
4 large vine-ripened tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
black pepper
100g rocket leaves
100g cows feta, cut into cubes
½ cup walnut halves, toasted


Preheat oven to 190*C. Carefully cut buttercup in half and scoop out seeds. Slice into wedges and place in roasting tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Roast in oven for 25 minutes, add tomatoes to tray and cook for a further 15 minutes. Remove from oven.

Arrange on serving dish with rocket, feta and toasted walnuts, then drizzle with rocket oil and dollops of Kalamata honey.

Kalamata honey

12 pitted kalamata olives
1 tbsp honey

Blitz olives and honey together until smooth.

Rocket oil

100g rocket leaves
4 tbsp olive oil

Blitz rocket and oil together until smooth.

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NZ Lifestyle Block This article first appeared in NZ Lifestyle Block Magazine.
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