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Freekeh & Spiced Squash Winter Salad

Freekeh & Spiced Squash Winter Salad

This is an autumnal explosion of flavours; sweet, sour, spicy and super satisfying! The salad can be served at room temperature, warm or hot, so everything up to the point of adding the rocket can be done up to a day ahead.

By Alex Mackay

  • Serves 4

  • 25 minutes

  • 1 pan

  • Proficient

Suitable for dairy-free, vegans and vegetarians



  • 1 x 250g pouch of Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Freekeh
  • 90g Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Chestnuts, sliced
  • Half of a large butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and diced
  • 1 orange pepper, de-seeded, diced 2.5cm
  • 80g dried apricots, diced
  • Grated zest of half an orange, 200ml & 3 tbsp juice
  • Grated zest of half a lemon & 2 tbsp juice
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 mild red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 40g rocket, 3/4 sliced and leaves of leftover 1/4
  • 2 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt, sugar & ras el hanout


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 220c.
  2. Spread the squash and peppers into an oven tray with low sides, just large enough to hold them in a single layer. Toss with the oil, salt and 1 tsp raz-el-hanout. Roast for 18-22 minutes on the top shelf of your oven until the vegetables are lightly caramelised and tender
  3. Boil the 200ml orange juice until it has reduced by three quarters. Mix with the citrus zest, citrus juices, ginger, and extra virgin olive oil. Season to taste with salt, sugar to balance the acidity and ras-el-hanout to the level of spice you prefer. Once the vegetables are roasted, toss them with 2 tbsp of this mixture
  4. Warm the Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Freekeh according to the instructions on the packet. Mix it with the remaining dressing, dried apricots and chilli. Fold the hot roasted squash and sliced rocket in gently. Season to taste
  5. Scatter the toasted pumpkin seeds, sliced chestnuts and whole rocket leaves over the top. Serve at any temperature except fridge cold

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