Nutty Butternut Salad

social kitchen baked codSERVES 8

2 large butternut squash
2 tbsp runny honey
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds (or the seeds from your squash)
25g pecan nuts
25g unsalted peanuts
100g baby spinach
2 tbsp roasted salted giant corn
small bunch of chives, roughly snipped
salt and black pepper


65ml sunflower oil
20ml Safari brown vinegar (or other brown vinegar)
1 tbsp sugar
1⁄2 tsp black pepper
1⁄2 tsp garlic salt
1⁄4 tsp table salt
4 tbsp mayonnaise
4 tbsp plain yoghurt
2 tsp peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Peel the squash and cut them into wedges. Put the wedges in a big bowl and toss them with a tablespoon of the honey and the sunflower oil, then season with salt and pepper. Tip the wedges on to a baking tray and bake them for 45 minutes until soft and slightly caramelized. Leave them to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, toast the seeds and nuts in a dry frying pan for a couple of minutes. When they begin to colour, add the remaining tablespoon of honey and a good pinch of salt. Let the nuts and seeds caramelize for 30 seconds, then take the pan off the heat and leave the nuts and seeds to cool.

Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a jug. Roughly chop the seeds and nuts, leaving the smaller ones whole. Spread the spinach on a serving dish, top with the squash, then scatter the nuts, seeds and giant corn on top. Drizzle the thick creamy dressing over the salad and scatter it with chives.

Jewish Digest Tip:  If you find nuts/seeds/corn irritate your gut, leave those out and replace with sliced avocado/cooked green beans/dried cranberries or whatever you can tolerate.

The Social Kitchen cookbook is bound by the stacks of recipes, craft ideas and inspiring story of Shally Tucker, a chef and a mother who passed away two years ago after a long suffering battle with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Psoriasis.  Her daughter Dani has created the The Social Kitchen as a homage to her wonderful mother. 

For Shally, the kitchen was not only about the dishes and tastes but about bringing people together. She loved her home overflowing with guests and the food was there to add magic, to nourish and to indulge. 

All proceeds from the sales will be donated to Dermatrust, the charity that supported Shally, to help others with a greater chance of treatment and survival.