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Pumpkin Feta and Macadamia Salad

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This colourful salad recipe makes a mouth-watering starter or side dish. If you need a healthy dinner, just add wholegrain bread or brown rice. Dressed with orange juice, olive oil and cumin.


Serves 4

  • 500 g pumpkin
  • 1 bag (150 g) rocket leaves
  • 250 g low-fat feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil for cooking
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil for dressing
  • 1 tspn cumin powder
  • Salt and black pepper


  1. Lightly roast macadamia nuts in oven. Remove and set aside.
  2. Peel and cube pumpkin, drizzle with olive oil and roast till soft.
  3. Combine olive oil, cumin and orange juice for dressing. Stir well.
  4. Chop shallots and combine with rocket leaves in a large salad bowl.
  5. Add crumbled feta cheese and macadamia nuts.
  6. Add warm roasted pumpkin.
  7. Pour dressing over the salad.
  8. Sprinkle salt and cracked black pepper to taste.

Preparation time:
20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Difficulty rating: Easy



  • Use pine nuts instead of macadamias.
  • Substitute rocket for baby spinach or other leafy greens. All salad greens are rich in vitamins and minerals and will help keep your eyes, skin and sperm healthy.
  • Reduce the amount of oil in the dressing for a lower fat, lower calorie option. Reducing fat intake is an important step you can take to improve your diet and avoid health conditions associated with poor nutrition. These include obesity, metabolic syndrome, erectile dysfunction and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
  • Make sure you use low-fat feta cheese with reduced salt for a healthier option. You can check the amount of fat and salt in different brands of feta by looking at the package label. Low-fat cheeses contain the same amount of calcium for healthy teeth and bones, but less calories and fat.
  • Serve with crusty wholegrain bread or brown rice for a super healthy meal. Wholegrain cereals are the best source of fibre, the micronutrient which is used by the gastrointestinal system to digest food.

Susan from McDowell, Queensland designed this easy salad recipe.

Nutritional content

Nutritional analysis per serve:

Energy1388 kJ
332 cal
Protein19.22 g
Total fat22.19 g
Saturated fat7.68 g
Carbohydrates12.43 g
Total sugars9.45 g
Fibre4.52 g
Sodium702.66 mg
Cholesterol37.5 mg
Potassium607.55 mg
Calcium265.7 mg


More information

For more information on nutrition, including information on types and composition of food, nutrition and people, conditions related to nutrition, and diets and recipes, as well as some useful videos and tools, see Nutrition.
Gluten-free dietFor more information on gluten-free diets, see Gluten-Free Diet.
Vegetarian dietFor more information on vegetarian diets, see Vegetarian Diets.


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Posted On: 17 March, 2011
Modified On: 30 September, 2014


Created by: myVMC