Thursday, 1 May 2014

:: Butternut Squash and Puy Lentil Salad ::

Yesterday I spent the morning sitting on my friend's roof terrace, blogging in the sun. It was so warm and sunny that I maaaaaay have got slightly burnt, goddamn my English rose complexion and complete lack of being able to get any form of a tan. 

Being out in the sun, drinking coffee, gossiping, got me so excited for summer.

There is something so special about Spring/ Summer that brings people together. Impromptu bbq's, lunch parties, picnics, they all bring smiles and happiness.

I also love salad, What is better than giant bowls of salads sitting in the window of a deli, cheekily waving at you, inviting you in.

I love a big family style salad, one that everyone sticks their forks in, scooping up their favourites bits. 

The great thing about this is that you can mix and match a variety of salads on the table to your hearts content. Like this or this. Serve with a roasted chicken, cold meats and some lovely jersey royals. 

The salad below is one of those, big sharer, star of the meal type salads. Fab at a bbq, picnic or even as a take to work in a tupperware. Its stuffed full of goodness, gluten free and perfect for getting that bikini bod, without starving yourself.

Its bright and colourful but oh so good for you. 

For 6 people as part of a variety of dishes you will need: 


:: one small butternut squash, thinly sliced

:: 2 red onions, cut into wedges

:: 1 garlic clove

:: olive oil

:: salt/ pepper

:: thyme leaves

:: 400g puy lentils

:: mixed cherry tomatoes

:: 100g spinach leaves

// Take your butternut, onions and garlic and lay in a roasting tin

// Drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and a good sprinkling of thyme. 

// Roast in the oven for about 30- 40 minutes, until soft and tender but not burnt.

// Take your roasting dish out the oven and leave to cool.

// Once cooled, layer your spinach, sliced tomatoes and lentil in a shallow serving dish.

I lightly drizzled the salad in a tangy french dressing which complemented the bold sweet flavours of the onion and butternut.  I love to use Lucy's Dressings as they are inspired by the family lifestyle and where originally made in Lucy's family kitchen. Each dressing uses great, local ingredients which means its miles better than any supermarket dressing. I also think the design of the bottle is really stylish and simple. 

I love the jewel like colours of the golden orange squash and the vibrant green spinach, such a beautiful salad taking pride of the table. 

Hope you all have a super Bank Holiday weekend, sunshine is on its way! My weekend is filled with dinner parties and bbq's. perfect. 


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