Roasted Tomato & Pumpkin Salad

If you follow me on Instagram then you'll have seen that I bought an enormous box of sauce tomatoes the other day. I think the only thing that made these delicious looking Roma's 'sauce' tomatoes is that they are on the ripe side of ripe and not perfect.  To other people.  To me - perfection in a $13 box.

They left the shop with me without any real plan except to use them before they die.  I could make sauce out of them but that takes time I don't have.  So far I've made Tomato and Cashew Pasta twice, eaten it on every sandwich, fed it to Eleanora and made this salad.  Joel doesn't eat much tomato otherwise we'd be eating this salad every night until they're all gone.  As it is there will be more than one repeat.

Give it a go and let me know what you think.

(Quantities are for 2 people and are all estimations because that's how I cook.  And yes, we eat that much.) 

Roasted Tomato and Pumpkin Salad

One good size butternut pumpkin - diced into bite size cubes
8 ripe Roma tomatoes - quartered length ways
1/2 packed cup of fresh basil - chopped
Olive Oil
Palm sugar
Baby Spinach
3-4 stalks of spring onion - sliced into little bits (I could write a cook book with instructions like that)

Preheat oven to 250ÂșC
Toss the cubes of pumpkin in oil and lay out on a baking tray.
Oil a second tray and place tomato slices skin side down.
Sprinkle tomatoes with salt and sugar.  Just enough to touch each slice and give it flavour.
Spread the basil over the top.
Place both trays in the oven until the tomato is a bit crispy and pumpkin is good and brown.  Stir pumpkin once if you want.

It takes about 45-60 minutes depending on the size of your pumpkin and tomatoes and your oven.

When it's done lay out your baby spinach on plates or bowls, add the pumpkin and tomatoes then sprinkle with spring onion.

It was pretty delicious without any dressing because the tomato is so nice and juicy but I'm a big believer in taking things up a notch and dressing salads with something.  So I made a yoghurt dressing to go with it.


1 1/2 cups greek yoghurt
tablespoon of honey
tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
splash of oil
4 garlic cloves - crushed (we keep garlic in the freezer and then grate it.)

Mix ingredients together and add as much as you want.

And there you have it.  A little bit of delicious.  Veggies that you will crave.


While we're on a photography hiatus due to not having photoshop at the moment {my heart breaks} and now that I've been abandoned by all the lovely people who have come to visit over the last month, I thought I'd catch up on things I've been meaning to post about but haven't.  Like recipes.  And maybe Eleanora's birth story.  Because I can promise you there were no photos while that was happening. 

I have a strong suspicion that I've promised some of you recipes for things at different times but don't really remember who or what.  So now's your chance.  What do you want to hear about? A recipe I've mentioned that you'd like to try? or something else? 

Let's do this.  


  1. Ok Rache, is palm sugar the same thing as brown sugar? Or near enough? Do i rreeeeaaallllyy need to buy it? - pregnant, hot & lazy -

    1. Palm sugar is different but brown sugar would be fine. I like it because it has a bit of a nicer flavour than white sugar. Do not leave the house unnecessarily!

  2. Love these recipes Rachel! Will certainly try the tomato salads you've mentioned. Plenty of vine ripe Roma tomatoes here (home grown) and too lazy at this current moment to make a relish. Also love the orange and raw cacao the raw cacao, now just have to get some oranges.

  3. Nom nom nom! Please share some more of your recipes :) Out of the two I've tried (Nora's breaky balls and this tasty salad), we've loved them!! Don't get me wrong, don't cut down on the cute photos of Nora :P We want more of both!! Love Rae (and Andrew) xo


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