Roast Onion Squash & Chickpea Salad with Kale Pesto Recipe | Abel & Cole
Roast Onion Squash & Chickpea Salad with Kale Pesto
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Sweet wedges of onion squash are roasted with golden chickpeas, rich tomatoes and tender onions, and combined with a tangy kale pesto, fresh salad leaves and a buttery scattering of pine nuts.
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643 kcal
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Ingredients you'll need
  • 1 onion squash
  • 2 red onions
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 25g pine nuts
  • 100g kale
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lemon
  • 50g peppery salad leaves
From your kitchen
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cold water
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Trim the stalk from the onion squash and slice the squash in half. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and slice into thin wedges (no need to peel). Pop in a roasting tin. Drizzle over 1 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Toss to coat the wedges in the seasoned oil. Set aside.

  • 2.

    Peel the red onions and cut them into 8 wedges each. Slice the tomatoes into wedges of a similar size to the onions. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, then shake dry. Arrange the tomatoes, onions and chickpeas in a second roasting tin and toss them with 1 tbsp oil and a little salt and pepper.

  • 3.

    Slide both roasting tins into the oven for 25 mins, till the veg are tender and caramelised.

  • 4.

    Meanwhile, warm a pan over a medium-high heat for 1 min. Scatter the pine nuts into the dry pan and toast for 2-3 mins, stirring frequently, till golden brown on all sides. Tip into a bowl.

  • 5.

    Roughly chop the kale leaves and tuck them into a food processor. Add most of the toasted pine nuts (save a pinch for later). Peel and grate in the garlic, and grate in the lemon zest. Squeeze in the lemon juice, and pour in 1 tbsp oil. Spoon in 2 tbsp cold water. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and whizz till everything comes together into a pesto. Add a splash more water if it seems too dry.

  • 6.

    Add the roast veg and chickpeas to the squash with the salad leaves and half the kale pesto. Arrange on a couple of plates and finish with the remaining pesto and the reserved pine nuts.