Give your BBQ’s a bit of a taste sensation with this Roasted Pumpkin Rocket and Feta Salad.

Topped with a drizzle of balsamic dressing or glaze makes for a moorish salad recipe you can use all the time. Oh and If you have leftover roasted pumpkin from the night before, this is even quicker to make. If you love goats cheese then you might like our Roasted Beetroot and Goat Cheese Salad too.


4 Ingredient Pumpkin Rocket and Feta Salad

With Basically only four ingredients this Roasted Pumpkin Rocket and Feta salad makes for a super easy side accompaniment and meal prep option.

  • Pumpkin – roasted and golden adds a lovely texture and colour to this salad
  • Rocket – fine dark and gorgeously green leaves with a peppery taste.
  • Feta – we used Danish feta for it’s creamy texture. Or use a firmer style if prefer.  You can substitute the feta for roasted red onions or non dairy cheese as a vegan alternative
  • Pine Nuts – when toasted these beauties give a nutty bite and texture.

(Oh and of course some balsamic dressing to top it off.)


Pine nuts are one of those quiet little ingredients that are packed full of health benefits but often missed.  Boost brain and heart health and packed with magnesium.


How To Make This Roasted Pumpkin Rocket and Feta Salad

Cut the pumpkin into chunks and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and drizzle with a few tablespoons of olive oil.

Roast till golden brown usually will take around 25-30 minutes depending on the size of the chunks.

Toast the pine nuts in a small frypan till golden being careful not to burn them.

Allow to cool before assembling your roasted pumpkin with the rocket, pine nuts and feta.



Roasted Pumpkin Rocket and Feta Salad

Recipe Notes

The pumpkin we chose to use was a Jap variety.  Butternut (or butternut squash) is another lovely pumpkin option too. It’s really up to your tastes, what’s in season and how easy it is to cut and prep. A sharp knife will make cutting the pumpkin pieces a whole lot easier.

With some supermarkets selling pre-cut pumpkin ready to roast, you’ll  save you even more time.


What Balsamic Dressing Can I use?


This is totally up to your individual taste, but we love the sweeter balsamic dressings or even balsamic glaze – slightly thicker versions.  If you find the balsamic vinegar too tangy try mixing it with a little olive oil first or even add a tine spoonful of honey to the oil and dressing.

The Mazzetti brand has been a go-to for us. We choose the more expensive option available – the Gold Label Balsamic Vinegar  as it’s less like vinegar and has a thicker sweeter taste.





Roasted Pumpkin Rocket and feta salad

What other Dressing can I use instead of Balsamic?

A honey mustard dressing is a great alternative and most love that combination as a salad topping.


Roasted Pumpkin Rocket and Feta Salad


Ingredient Variation and Substitutions Ideas

  • Replace the roasted pumpkin for red sweet potato
  • Swap out the pine nuts for walnuts. This salad does well with a softer nut rather than a hard type like peanuts
  • Baby spinach is another leaf alternative instead of the peppery rocket.  Lovely and dark green in colour.
  • Baby mozzarella or bocconcini cheese instead of the feta.
  • Add some roasted chick peas instead of the feta to make this a vegan version.


Add some protein to make this Roasted Pumpkin Salad more of a meal.

Try adding something to turn this simple 4 ingredient salad into something more substantial.

  • Shredded roasted chicken
  • Boiled eggs – sliced in half or quartered
  • Shaved slices of prosciutto
  • Torn pieces of Mozzarella or baby bocconcini


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Roasted Pumpkin Rocket and Feta Salad
Roasted Pumpkin Rocket and Feta Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins

A Summer Salad with only 4 Ingredients that's a great accompaniment for BBQ's or a light lunchtime meal.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Pumpkin rocket and feta salad, Roasted pumpkin salad, Summer Salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 548 kcal
  • 60 gm rocket leaves
  • 50 gm feta cheese
  • 2 cup roasted pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3 tbs balsamic dressing
  • 2 tbs Olive oil to drizzle over pumpkin
  • Salt and pepper to season the pumpkin prior to roasting
  1. Cut the pumpkin into small pieces and toss onto a lined tray with covered with baking paper.

  2. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and pop into a moderate oven to golden and roasted. Allow to cool before assembling the salad.

  3. In the meantime gently toast your pine nuts in a small frypan. Be careful not to burn them. This may take only 5 minutes. (no oil needed).

  4. Pop the bag of rocket into a salad bowl. Scatter the roasted pumpkin over the top.

  5. Add crumbled chunks of feta over the salad and sprinkle the pine nuts on top. Mix if you like or leave as is.

  6. Drizzle with a sweet balsamic dressing or glaze if you prefer and even a little olive oil if you like.

  7. Turn the oven on to 180 degrees Celsius.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Pumpkin Rocket and Feta Salad
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 548 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Fat 49g75%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 0.03g
Polyunsaturated Fat 16g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 228mg10%
Potassium 588mg17%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 364IU7%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Want to try some of our other fave salad recipes?

You may like our Crunchy Salad with Thai Sesame Dressing. Or our Cauliflower Rice Salad with Turmeric Vinaigrette Dressing. 


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About Sonya

Roasted Pumpkin Rocket and Feta Salad 1Helloooo, I'm Sonya and I'm one of those late starter's in the exercise department. (but you know you're never too late to start). A retired beauty therapist who likes geeking out in the online world, loves 4-legged fury friends, baking and gardening.