Roasted butternut, beetroot and avocado salad

Try this with a heavenly roasted garlic and herb dressing.
roast vegetable salad

Recipe from: 18 January 2013
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 1h


  • 2
    bulbs of garlic
  • 500
    butternut cubes
  • 15
    olive oil
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • 125
    ready cooked beetroot cubes
  • 1
    large ripe avocado - cubed
  • 100
    chevin - roughly torn up
  • 100
    combination of rocket, watercress and micro rocket leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • For the dressing:
  • 45
    finely chopped coriander
  • 45
    finely chopped mint
  • 30
    honey or sweet chilli sauce
  • 1/4
    onion - finely chopped
  • 30
    balsamic vinegar
  • 15
    brown sugar
  • 125
    Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Servings: Change Serving


Preheat the oven to 200°C. Cut the garlic bulbs in half (exposing al l the cloves) and wrap in foil. Roast for +-1 hour until cloves are soft (Note: Can do this part the night before to save time).

Place cubed butternut onto a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season. Roast for +- 40 minutes until golden and slightly charred.

To finish off dressing: Squash the soft cloves of garlic into a mortar and pestle, add the herb, sweet chill, onion, balsamic and brown sugar. Mix and bash away until the cloves have completely broken up and the sugar has dissolved. Now slowly add the olive oil, mixing all the while until you reach the consistency you like. Note: This is quite a thick and chunky dressing. Season to taste.

To finish off salad: Lightly toss the roasted butternut, beetroot, avo and chevin with the salad greens and decant into a serving dish.

Lightly drizzle with some olive oil. When ready to serve, dollop dressing over the salad. Serve with crusty bread.

Variations: Add toasted pine nuts, cashew nuts or mixed seeds

Tip: this dressing is delicious as an accompaniment to a cheese board.

Reprinted with permission of Bits of Carey. To see more recipes, click here.


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