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Hassleback Butternut Squash, Lentil and Chickpea Salad with a Chimichurri Dressing

Recipe by @Zarskitchen


1 Butternut Squash, halved, peeled and deseeded

Olive Oil

Salt and pepper



200g Oddpods Chickpeas

200g Oddpods Brown lentils

1/2 Cucumber, deseeded, diced small

1/2 Red Pepper, deseeded, diced small

1 Red Onion, finely chopped

Small handful fresh Mint chopped fine



Large handful Curry leaves, stem removed

1 tsp Mustard seeds

8 cloves garlic

250ml Extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp Crushed red pepper

1 tsp Smoked paprika

1.5 tsp Cumin ground

2 tbsp White wine vinegar

2 tbsp Chaat Masala powder



  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
  2. Place the squash onto an oven tray, cut side down, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, remember to brush the tray with a little oil so the squash doesn’t stick
  3. Bake the squash in the oven for 15 mins to soften slightly
  4. Remove from the oven and place on a chopping board
  5. Place chopsticks on either side of one squash half, this helps you not to cut all the way through the squash!
  6. With a sharp knife deeply score the squash in your desired pattern being careful not to cut all the way through
  7. Place the squash back on the oven tray, brush with more oil and bake until soft, remove from the oven and set aside to cool
  8. In a pan on medium heat with a little oil, toast the curry leaves and mustard seeds until the leaves start to crisp and the mustard seeds begin popping
  9. Place the toasted leaves on absorbent paper to drain then transfer to a food processor with all the other dressing ingredients, blitz until all combined
  10. In a large bowl add all the salad ingredients then pour in half the dressing and mix well, taste and adjust salt, pepper, chilli to your liking
  11. Tip the salad onto a large serving dish then carefully lift the butternut squash from the tray (I used two flat flexible turners to help me) and place the squash on top of the salad
  12. Pour the remaining dressing over the squash and serve at room temperature
  13. Enjoy!
Hassleback Butternut Squash, Lentil and Chickpea Salad with a Chimichurri Dressing