Recipes - Vegetarian

Pumpkin & spinach salad with goats cheese

When a friend asked me to prepare a pumpkin salad for a Thanksgiving dinner I felt I’d gotten away lightly. If the request had involved turkey or ham I would’ve been worried. I mean how difficult can a pumpkin salad be?

pumpkinIt wasn’t complexity that got the better of me but rather indecisiveness. After browsing through half a dozen cookbooks and Googling ‘pumpkin salad’ I was overwhelmed by choice. I deliberated over feta versus goats cheese, spinach versus basil and pine nuts versus macadamia nuts. That’s not to mention the to use or not to use beetroot decision.

Pumpkin & spinach salad with goats cheese, recipeDeliberation over here’s the salad and the recipe below – it’s an adaptation of a recipe I found online. I made a huge portion as I was serving over 20 guests, so adjust the quantities below as needed.


  • 1kg pumpkin
  • 250-300g spinach
  • 100g goats cheese or goats curd
  • A punnet (200-300g) cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • Macadamia nuts (optional)
  • Salt & pepper

Pumpkin & spinach salad with goats cheese, recipeMethod

  1. Remove the pumpkin skin and dice the flesh into bitesize pieces. Drizzle over a little oil and season.
  2. Cook the pumpkin at 180-200C until it’s soft but not mushy (around 20 minutes).
  3. While the pumpkin cooks wash and dry the spinach leaves and finely slice the onion.
  4. Mix together the remaining olive oil, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar to make the dressing.
  5. Add the spinach and onion to a large bowl. Chop the cherry tomatoes in half and add them to the bowl.
  6. Remove the pumpkin from the oven, allow to cool slightly and then add to the salad.
  7. Mix through the dressing and add more seasoning to taste.
  8. Chop and sprinkle over the chilli and add the goats cheese in small dollops.
  9. Crush the macadamia nuts if you’re using them and sprinkle over the salad.
  10. Give everything one final and very gentle mix (perhaps using clean hands).

Pumpkin and spinach salad with goats cheese

Pumpkin & spinach salad with goats cheese, recipeBy Feast Wisely

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10 thoughts on “Pumpkin & spinach salad with goats cheese

  1. You just gave me a wonderful salad to take to a friends for dinner next week. She asked me to bring a salad and I really wanted to bring something seasonal that didn’t involve kale. This looks perfect.

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