Thursday, December 16, 2010

Looking for a simple & attractive salad for Christmas?

I was thinking really hard the past few days on what salad to serve on Christmas day. I wanted something colorful and festive looking without compromising the taste. This is what I came up with. This salad is very quick and easy to make.  Furthermore, it is colorful and very delicious. Any better suggestion?

Edible Flower Salad with roasted butternut squash and spinach

200 gms butternut squash, julienned
1/2 ts ground black pepper (can be adjusted to your own taste)
1/2  ts sea salt (can be adjusted to your own taste)
1 tbs extra light olive oil
3 stalks of thyme,
2 stalks of rosemary
2 tsp chopped garlic
60 gms spinach
30 gms edible flower mix

In a roasting pan, mix (A) and spread out the squash.  Preheat oven to 200 C or 405 F. Roast the squash for 15 mins or till they are soft.  On a serving plate, arrange (B) as you wish.  When squash is cooked, remove the thyme and rosemary and lay them on top of (B). Drizzle all the remain oil from the roasting pan onto the salad.  Toss well before eating. Add more salt and pepper if necessary. 


  1. OH this looks divine...beautiful

  2. Thanks David, are you in the Christmas spirit yet?

  3. This is lovely and appetizing. My usual winter salad is pears, spinach and cranberries, but now I will add this to my mix. :)

  4. These are colorful salad. Like them.

  5. Beautiful colors!!! I can't believe it's only a week (is it??) away.

  6. a beautiful salad indeed, Quay Po. i love the use of those colourful flowers. its very appetizing to look at such a gorgeous dish.

  7. Love the brilliant colors and this is so simple and I don't having this salad for Xmas dinner :)

    Merry Xmas to you and family :)

  8. Edible flower mix? What's in there? :P

  9. Betty,
    I am sure the flower mix will enhance the look of your winter salad.

  10. Swathi, Elin, Belinda, lequan and Sonia, thanks and I am glad you guys like the color of this salad. It will definitely brighten up the table.

  11. tigerfish,
    They are various kinds of edible flowers. If you are interested to find out more, go to this link:

  12. I absolutely LOVE roasted butternut squash, and it's wonderful added to salads. Your recipe looks wonderful--a night light addition to a Christmas meal (which can often be heavy and too filling!)

    Happy Holidays :)

  13. Thanks Kylie for your visit and comment. Hope to visit with you again soon.Happy holidays to you and your family too.

  14. Thanks Kylie for your visit and comment. Hope to visit with you again soon.Happy holidays to you and your family too.

  15. What a colorful, healthy salad to serve for Christmas!

  16. This salad is beautiful! Butternut squash is my favorite :).

  17. Thanks Nancy & Charlie,
    Have a swell Holiday and an enjoyable New Year. Hope to see you guys again soon.

  18. This salad looks amazing! So delightful.
    Also want to say, I love your quote about family & nourishment (in your header).

  19. Hi Di,
    Thanks for your visit and I am glad you like my quote:D Hope to hear from you often.


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