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Blue cheese, butternut & barley salad with maple walnuts

Blue cheese, butternut & barley salad with maple walnuts

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Salads don't get much more robust than this – team roasted onions and squash, deep-flavoured cheese, crunchy nuts and healthier grains

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal479
fat22g
saturates7g
carbs57g
sugars12g
fibre3g
protein14g
salt0.7g
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Ingredients

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the squash, onions and garlic with 2 tbsp of the oil and some seasoning. Roast for 35-45 mins or until the vegetables crisp up in places – turning halfway through cooking and adding the thyme leaves. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, discarding the garlic. Cook the barley, following pack instructions, until al dente. Drain and cool.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, rinse the squash seeds, removing any flesh, and dry thoroughly. Put the walnuts and squash seeds in a frying pan and toast until golden brown. Add ½ tbsp oil, the maple syrup, sugar, chilli flakes and some salt. Let it bubble for a few mins, until the sugar has caramelised. Tip onto a tray, allow to cool, then bash into pieces. Make a dressing by mixing the balsamic, mustard, remaining oil and some seasoning.

  • STEP 3

    Toss the squash and onions through the barley, followed by the spinach and dressing. Scatter over the cheese, nuts and some extra thyme sprigs to serve.

RECIPE TIPS
CHOOSE YOUR BLUE CHEESE

If you find blue cheeses a little overpowering, try using Wensleydale Blue. If you love a deeper tangy flavour, go for a Colston Bassett Stilton, Stichelton or Strathdon Blue.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2013

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