Pumpkin and Roquefort Salad

16 September 2020 — Lunch, Salad

Pumpkin and Roquefort Salad


1 small pumpkin

6 tbsps extra virgin olive oil

50g walnuts

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp maple syrup

1 tsp wholegrain mustard

1 tsp light brown sugar

200g baby spinach

100g Roquefort AOC

Salt and pepper

How to make it

Pumpkin is a hugely underrated squash, but the sweetness combines delightfully with the salty blue cheese. Serve this pumpkin and Roquefort salad warm with walnuts for a delicious lunch.

  • Preheat the oven to  200°C Fan / 400°F / Gas Mark 7
  • Halve and deseed the pumpkin. Peel and cut into 1 in cubes
  • Place on a roasting tin and drizzle over 2 tbsp oil, season then toss until evenly coated
  • Roast for 35-40 mins until tender
  • Toss the walnuts in oil, then roast for 10 mins until they get some colour
  • Make the dressing by combining 4 tbsp oil with vinegar, syrup, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper
  • Whisk until combined
  • When the pumpkin is cooked, tip into the dressing until coated
  • Chop the Roquefort into chunks
  • Serve the pumpkin and Roquefort salad on a bed of spinach leaves, with walnuts scattered on top

Roquefort is salty, strong, silky and sweet. It’s from the ancient caves in a village called Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, near Millau in South West France.

For other salad recipes, try this Roasted Tomato, Pasta and Goat’s Cheese Salad or Blue Cheese Soufflés with Pickled Cherry and Hazelnut Salad. Or click here for the entire Salad recipe range.

For alternative Roquefort recipes we’ve got a sweet and savoury, cheese brioche recipe, or this delicate and delicious Cheese and Chive Tart.

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