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    Roasted squash, cavolo nero and red rice salad

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes
    • Total time: 50 minutes

    Serves: 4


    400g butternut, golden butternut or queen squash, peeled and deseeded
    1 red onion, cut into wedges
    4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
    6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    1¼ tsp sweet smoked paprika
    250g LoveLife red camargue and wild rice
    100g cavolo nero, stalks removed, leaves roughly chopped
    1 tsp maple syrup
    1 tbsp balsamic vinegar


    1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6 and bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Cut the squash into 1cm-thick slices and put in a roasting tin. Toss with the onion, garlic, 2 tbsp oil and 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika; season. Roast for 25-30 minutes, until just tender and golden.

    2. Meanwhile, add the rice to the boiling water and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until cooked but still a little chewy. Drain off the water and leave the rice to dry out in the warm pan. Put the cavolo nero on a baking tray, season and toss in 1 tbsp oil. Roast for 6-8 minutes, until the leaves are crispy and slightly charred. Remove and set aside.

    3. Remove the skins from the roasted garlic, put in a small bowl and mash with a fork. Add the maple syrup and balsamic vinegar, plus the remaining 3 tbsp olive oil and ¼ tsp paprika. Whisk to combine, then pour over the rice, season and stir through. Layer the rice with the squash, onions and cavolo nero on a large serving dish; serve immediately. 

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, October 2019 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue


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