Roasted Squash and Chickpea Salad

Despite having sworn off buying cookbooks, I bought the second Moro book recently, Casa Moro.  No regrets here.  Already I’ve made the vegetable paella, the white bean and chorizo soup and some warmly spiced lamb chops.  They’ve all been exceptionally good.

My favourite recipe by far is the Warm Pumpkin and Chickpea Salad with Tahini.  We’ve had it several times already alongside the lamb chops mentioned above or eaten on its own.  Each time we have fought over the leftovers. 

Below is my own tweaked version of the dish.  Highly recommended.

Roasted Squash and Chickpea Salad (adapted from Casa Moro)

1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces

1 garlic clove, crushed

3/4 tspn ground allspice

Olive oil

400g tin chickpeas

1 small red onion, finely chopped

Handful of fresh coriander and parsley, finely chopped


For the dressing:

1 garlic clove

1/4 tspn salt

Juice of 1 lemon

3 tblspn tahini

2 tblspn water

3 tblspn yogurt

Extra virgin olive oil

  • Pre-heat oven to 220 oC. 
  • Add squash, garlic, allspice and seasoning to a baking tray.  Coat your hands well in olive oil and toss the ingredients together until the squash is well coated with flavoured oil.  Roast in the oven for 20-25 mins (tossing occasionally) until soft and bronzed.
  • Meanwhile, warm the chickpeas in a small pan then drain. 
  • Mix together the dressing ingredients tasting to see if you need more lemon juice, tahini or yogurt.  You’ll know.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the squash, chickpeas, onion and chopped herbs.
  • Serve with large dollops of tahini yogurt dressing.


As suspected, I was too preoccupied with old friends, amazing food and copious amounts of French wine to put much effort into photographing my weekend on the French/Swiss border. 

A few details to contextualise the few photos below-  We stayed in Gex(France) where there was a lovely Saturday morning market; the ceremony was in a pretty village church in Gingins (Switzerland) and the reception was held in a cosy but grand auberge in Echenevex (France) overlooking Mont Blanc. 

From the 7 old friends I got to catch up with to the 7 course meal to the 7km walk back to our accommodation at 5am in dainty heels, it was all absolutely wonderful.  🙂


And then home…



P.S. Off to Geneva for a few days for a wedding.  Back next week with photos.  Hopefully, with photos, anyway.  There will be so many people to catch up with, there is a real chance I may not make it out of the hotel bar!  🙂