Roasted butternut and lentil salad

A healthy, low-GI salad that your family will love.

Recipe from: 17
Preparation time: 15 min
Cooking time: 25 min


  • 1
    medium-sized butternut - about 750g, cut in half
  • 1 - 2
    olive oil
  • 1/2
    each of ground cumin and ground coriander
  • 1
    lentils (in water not brine) - drained
  • 1/2
    red onion
  • 1
    chopped fresh mint (or coriander if you prefer)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • For the dressing:
  • 2
    olive oil
  • 3
    balsamic vinegar
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • add a dash of honey to taste if you like
  • ddd some chopped fresh chilli if you like
Servings: Change Serving


Pre-heat your braai grill. In a microwave-proof dish, microwave the butternut on high for 9-10 minutes until cooked through and can be easily pierced with a knife.

Drizzle the butternut with 1-2 Tbsp olive oil and coat with the spices. Put the dish with the butternut onto a baking sheet covered with a double layer of tinfoil (this defers some of the heat) and place on your braai grid. Cook for a further 15 minutes with the lid down, then remove the butternut from the dish and cook for 1-2 minutes directly on the grid to add more braai flavour.

Into a bowl, add the lentils, chopped red onion and then rough chunks of the roasted butternut. Stir through the mint and dressing, and season well with salt and pepper.

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