Pumpkin, Red Bean & Feta Salad

I combine a whole lot of colourful vegetables that bring together sweet, zesty & tangy to create an attractive salad that looks as good as it tastes! You’ll have a complete set of protein here too because of the combination of vegetables, beans and cheese. This recipe is for a bulk preparation so feel free to halve it if you just need to serve for a couple of people. You will need a large steamer for the pumpkin.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 a large pumpkin
  • 2 cups (dried) adzuki beans
  • 1 large Spanish onion
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1/2 bunch celery
  • 300g Bulgarian feta & brine

Method

  1. Prepare adzuki beans by rinsing first and then soaking overnight ensuring to have the water level about 5 cm higher than the beans to allow for absorption.
  2. Drain the beans and using fresh water, boil them in a pot. Once the water is boiling discard this water and re-fill the pot with fresh water and bring to the boil. Leave to simmer until beans are cooked (about 20 – 30 minutes).
  3. While the beans are cooking begin to peel and dice the pumpkin and steam until cooked.
  4. While the pumpkin and beans are cooking finely slice the onion and celery and roughly chop the capsicum and feta.
  5. Let the beans and pumpkin cool down then combine all of the ingredients along with the brine in a large bowl. Enjoy!
Can be easily enjoyed on its own or along side some lightly grilled white meat or fish.
Can be easily enjoyed on its own or along side some lightly grilled white meat or fish.

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