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Cumin Pumpkin Avocado Salad

Updated: Jan 7

Want to maximize all the fall vibes? So, let’s make Pumpkin the king ingredient this October.


Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 25min Serves: 2 Servings Level: Beginning




Pumpkin is a variety of squash that people often think of as a traditional Halloween decoration or the popular Pumpkin Soup and Thanksgiving pie filling. However, the flesh of the pumpkin plant, combined with great spices, can provide so many delicious dishes.


What Goes Well with Pumpkin?


Spice

Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, chili, cayenne, pepper and vanilla.

Nutmeg and cinnamon may be the most popular combination in almost all gourd-based pumpkin desserts. The pumpkin flavor is enhanced by nutmeg and cinnamon with their sweet aftertaste, making any dessert unbelievably delicious. But one of my favorite spices that match perfectly with Pumpkin is vanilla. Vanilla and pumpkin are swirled together to make the perfect spice combination ever. For a next-level taste, use this combination in smoothies, puddings, pies or any pumpkin dessert.


Sweet

Chocolate, maple syrup, brown sugar

I love chocolate in any combination, but a bar of dark chocolate with pumpkin is my special treat. The sweetness of the pumpkin mitigates the dark and bitter chocolate, and enhances its fruity notes. Give it a try


Savory

Almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, rice, oat.

Oats are an excellent food for good reasons: It's cheap, quick to prepare, and full of the nutrients we need. Suppose next to oats, we are adding all the health benefits of pumpkin, including vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E), antioxidants, fiber, folates, and more. In that case, we are just making our dish the healthiest possible. With the combination of oats and pumpkin, we keep ourselves full and nourished, and hopefully that is a compelling enough reason to make an absolutely delicious meal. Prepare pumpkin oatmeal, overnight pumpkin oats, or bread for a delightful healthy breakfast.


Fruit and Vegetable

Blueberry, cauliflower, celery, chestnut, corn, cranberry, eggplant, endive, fava bean, pear, radish, red onion

Blueberries pair well with just about anything, and pumpkins are no exception. They have just enough sweetness to compliment pumpkin flavors and stay juicy during baking. If you like baking, try this combination in strudel, muffins, bread, or cheesecake.

A great way to turn the plain pumpkin into a delicious savory flavor is to pair it with red onion. The sweetness of pumpkin plus roasted red onion is a really magical combination of flavors and can go for a fantastic winter dish like risotto, salad, or soup.





CUMIN PUMPKIN AVOCADO SALAD


This Cumin Pumpkin Avocado Salad is a perfect and delicious way to welcome the new season. It is a great healthy vegan fall recipe.

It is a beautiful combination of texture and flavors made with only a handful of ingredients. The roasted pumpkin is sweet and juicy, the roasted red onion with delicious caramelized surfaces, the avocado with its healthy fat and creaminess, the chickpeas add the warm, earthy, and crunch, and the freshness from coriander, all lightly dressed with a lemony dressing. Try this salad for next Sunday's Brunch. It is terrific as a side or as a meal.


RECIPE


Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds

  • 2tsp ground coriander

  • ⅓ cup olive oil

  • 800g pumpkin, cut the 1 cm square

  • 1 red onion, cut into thin wedges

  • 1tbs lemon juice

  • ½ tsp chili flakes

  • 125 g chickpeas, drained, rinsed

  • ⅓ cup coriander

  • 1 avocado



Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper

  2. Combine cumin seeds, ground coriander and 2tbs olive oil in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add the pumpkin, onion and chickpeas. Toss to coat. Transfer to the prepared tray. Roast for 20-25 min or until the pumpkin is golden

  3. Place lemon juice, chili and remaining oil in a small bowl or jar. Whisk to combine

  4. Add the avocado, fresh coriander, and roasted veggies in a bowl or plate and drizzle with dressing. Serve

  5. Enjoy it.


If you make this pumpkin pie smoothie, please snap a photo and tag @andreea.plantbasedchef on Instagram! I would love it if you would leave a comment below. Thanks so much!

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