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Healthy Roasted Pumpkin Salad

A Protein-Packed Salad That Does Double Duty as a Side Dish

Nothing beats a dish that can do double duty, much like this recipe from Lorna Jane Clarkson. Whether you choose to enjoy it as a hearty salad or a satisfying side dish, you'll love the flavors and the bountiful nutrition it contains. Each forkful will give you a punch of protein, fiber, and antioxidants — it doesn't get much better than this.

Roasted Pumpkin, Beet, Chickpea, and Barley Salad

From Nourish: The Fit Women's Cookbook by Lorna Jane Clarkson

Healthy Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Ingredients

  1. For the salad:
  1. 1/2 cup dried chickpeas
  2. 1/2 cup pearl barley
  3. 4 1/2 ounces green beans, trimmed
  4. 1 pound pumpkin (or other squash), unpeeled, sliced thinly
  5. 4 baby beets, peeled, trimmed, and quartered
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons soft goat’s cheese, crumbled
  7. 2 tablespoons toasted pepitas
  1. For the maple and thyme dressing:
  1. 2 tablespoons cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil
  2. 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  3. 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  4. 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

Directions

  1. Place the chickpeas in a small bowl, cover with cold water, let stand overnight, and drain.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  3. Cook the chickpeas and barley in a medium saucepan of boiling water, about 20 minutes or until tender. Add the green beans to the pan at the last minute of cooking time. Drain. Rinse under cold water. Drain.
  4. To make the maple and thyme dressing, combine all the ingredients in a screw-top jar, season to taste, and shake well to combine.
  5. Combine the pumpkin and beets with two tablespoons of the dressing in a small lined baking dish. Roast about 20 minutes or until caramelized and tender.
  6. Combine the barley, chickpeas, beans, pumpkin, beets, and the remaining dressing in a medium bowl. Toss gently. Serve the salad sprinkled with the cheese and pepitas.
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