Recipe: Butternut Salad

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A garden-fresh salad is always a refreshingly good idea on the hot days of a South African safari. Enjoy the tastes of summer in your own home with this delicious beetroot and butternut salad recipe from Thornybush Collection.

Ingredients:

  • 500g Butternut, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 Splash of sunflower oil
  • 50g Pumpkin seeds
  • 50g Sunflower seeds
  • 500g Beetroot, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 300g Baby spinach
  • 1 Handful chopped spring onion
  • Salt and Pepper


Method:

Preheat the oven to 200°C

Season the butternut with salt and pepper to taste

Place the butternut chunks and oil in a roasting pan and roast for 25-30 minutes and toss regularly during the process

At the same time, boil the beetroot until tender

Set the vegetables aside to cool

Lightly toast the pumpkin and sunflower seeds in a pan

Mix the spinach, cooled butternut and beetroot together

Toss lightly

Sprinkle the toasted seeds on top and serve with a handful of chopped spring onion


Some of the benefits linked to butternut include improved heart health thanks to its high fibre content, antioxidants, potassium and vitamin B6. A good dose of butternut in your diet can reduce inflammation-related diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.

Beetroot is also linked to lowering blood pressure, boosting performance during exercise and preventing dementia. It has high concentrations of magnesium, iron and folic acid and is used to treat fever, digestive disorders and skin problems in traditional medicine.

From farm to fork

Many of the fresh vegetables and salads served at Thornybush Collections' luxurious lodge are grown at our community gardens. With the help of our sponsors and local community, we are able to grow large quantities of nutritious vegetables and herbs at these establishments.

Most of the produce grown here goes back into the community both directly and indirectly.
Our local schools and clinic receive weekly baskets of fresh vegetables and herbs, and the excess is sold to local supermarkets. All the money generated in this way is used to improve the garden and to provide income for our local villagers.

Besides filling hungry bellies, these nutritious foods are vital for keeping our community strong and healthy. Children are able to focus on their schoolwork more intently when their basic needs are taken care of while the adults can live healthier more productive lives finding meaning and purpose in their tasks around the community gardens.

At Thornybush our guests, our community and our environment are our top priority. Visit us soon to find out more about our conservation policies and to enjoy good health and good times around our tables.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018