Dhruv Baker’s Roasted butternut squash salad with Moroccan cous cous

This is a great idea for a summer lunch or a light supper, but it could equally make a good side dish for a barbecue or picnic.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes to 40 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes to 50 minutes 50 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

For the salad:

1 large butternut squash
2 medium red onions, cut into eighths
4-5 sprigs of thyme
4-5 cloves of garlic (skin on and crushed)
4 tbsp light olive oil
70g pack wild rocket
200g feta cheese, crumbled
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
50g toasted pine nuts (optional)

For the cous cous:

200g cous cous
400ml chicken stock
25g pack parsley, finely chopped
28g pack coriander, finely chopped
10-12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 shallot, finely chopped 
25g flaked toasted almonds
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp runny honey

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Peel and halve the squash, scraping out the seeds. Cut into 3-4 cm pieces.

2. Mix the squash with the onion, thyme, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in a roasting tin and place in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes.

3. Tip into a large bowl and allow to cool slightly, then mix through the rocket and feta.

4. Cook the cous cous according to the packet instructions, replacing the water with chicken stock.

5. Fork through the cous cous and stir through the parsley, coriander, cherry tomatoes, chopped shallot and the almonds. Drizzle with honey and a squeeze of lemon juice.

6. Drizzle the lemon and extra virgin olive oil over the salad, scatter with the pine nuts (if using) and serve warm or at room temperature with the cous cous.