Cumin Whipped Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Dip

Cumin Whipped Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Dip is a super simple vegan appetiser, rich in flavour and personality.

A bowl of Cumin Whipped Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Dip on a plate of crudites

This Cumin Whipped Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Dip came about in my current bid to cram more veggies into my everyday eating. I love vegetables and have never had a problem fitting them into breakfast, lunch and dinner until my time allotted to preparing my meals was suddenly halved on the arrival of Beau. Pasta Pesto Tuna was on rotation for dinner every other day at one point with nary a vegetable in sight. Vegetables require washing, peeling and chopping, none of which activities appeal at 8.30pm when the children have finally been settled and I have half an hour to make, eat and wash up dinner before crashing out at 9.

A bowl of Cumin Whipped Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Dip on a plate of crudites

I wrote on Instagram this week how I had a mini meltdown last week which led to no new posts on the blog. I may not have been able to achieve any concrete work due to extreme sleep deprivation and a string of recipe failures. But, what I did achieve was a week of mindful eating. I successfully cut out starchy carbs in the evening which I have found pull my energy and focused on getting as many veggies as I could into my day. It also turns out that not needing to prep carbs for an evening meal actually means dinner gets on the table, or my lap, a lot quicker too. Double win.

Now normally I’m not a big snacker but getting up several times during the night to tend to both children is making me so hungry during the day. So instead of ripping open another packet of oatcakes to scarf as I wait for the kettle to boil I am making sure to chop up a batch of carrot, cucumber and celery sticks at breakfast time to munch on during the day. If Cole assists with this little task then he can’t help but snag himself a fair number of the crudités there and then which has bonus points of getting vegetables in my picky pre-schooler too.

Butternut Squash and Red Peppers in a roasting dish

Now crudités are a pretty crappy snack on their own if I’m honest so I’ve been getting into my dips to make them a more exciting prospect. And since dips don’t live and die by houmous I’ve been branching out a little. I admit was quite proud of myself that my new favourite dip was based around yet more vegetables. I really feel like I’m top of the class at this whole veggie power movement. Not only that but Cumin Whipped Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Dip tastes amazing.

Butternut Squash and Red Peppers in a roasting dish

The butternut squash and red pepper are roasted together with peppery olive oil then whipped in the food processor with a splash of creamy almond milk. The added flavouring is kept simple because of the richness of the roasted vegetables with toasty warming cumin. I’m really loving cumin at the moment and like to add the whole roasted seeds in, some crushed, but mostly whole as I love the crunch.

A pestle and mortar filled with cumin seeds next to a plate of crudites

This Cumin Whipped Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Dip is sophisticated enough that you can serve it for a crowd. It also stands up quite well to sitting on a table for a length of time, houmous can go a little crusty and guac turns brown. This guy though is quite happy chilling on a table for an hour or two without being worse for wear. The dip is vegan so will get you on the good side of your vegan pals but is so good that your carnivore buddies will be scooping it up like there’s no tomorrow.

A bowl of Cumin Whipped Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Dip on a plate of crudites

And you know what, if you serve it on a plate with a pile of chicken fingers your pre-schooler might just take it upon himself to dip dip dip there too. This Cumin Whipped Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Dip is an absolute keeper, we’re really living the veggie dream in our house.

Cumin Whipped Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Dip

Cumin Whipped Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Dip is a super simple vegan appetiser, rich in flavour and personality.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Appetiser
Cuisine: British
Keyword: butternut red pepper dip, butternut red pepper dip recipe
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 large red peppers
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil to serve

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180°C.
  • Prepare your vegetables by peeling, de-seeding and cutting the butternut squash into half inch cubes. De-seed and stalk the red peppers and cut into one inch pieces.
  • Pour the olive oil in a large roasting tray and toss in the butternut squash and red pepper with the salt.
  • Roast the vegetables for about 1 hour 15 minutes. Checking every so often to give a stir.
  • Remove the vegetables from the oven and leave to cool.
  • Pour the butternut squash and the red pepper into a food processor, along with the excess olive oil and whip up with the almond milk until smooth.
  • Toast the cumin seeds in a dry saucepan for thirty seconds then crush lightly in a pestle and mortar and add to the food processor. Pulse into the rest of the dip slightly just to disperse the spice.
  • Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and chill until needed.
  • Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a few extra cumin seeds if you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 561mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 300% | Vitamin C: 116.4% | Calcium: 7.3% | Iron: 7.7%

SHOP THE RECIPE

I would be nowhere without my Magimix 4200XL Food Processor – Satin for this recipe. I have easily had it over ten years and I use it nearly every day for whipping up dips, pestos, nut butters, nut and oat flour and making my breadcrumbs. The Magixmix is an impressive piece of kit which even survived being dropped when we moved into our house (although it did have to have the motor replaced but that wasn’t too expensive). I put all the attachments in the dishwasher and they come out brilliantly clean but it also gives just great results. I love my Magimix and along with my Kitchenaid is the piece of equipment I use most often in my kitchen.

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So the full title of this salad is Spiced Roast Squash and Goats Cheese Salad with Radicchio, Sorrel, Muscat Grapes and Garlicky Blackberry Vinaigrette which would definitely have been the longest recipe title on the blog. Every ingredient is so important in this salad. Oh, and pumpkin seeds. Sorry pumpkin seeds – you know this salad wouldn’t be the same without your good time crunch. Oh, and the rocket – but he’s used to his time in the sun so I don’t feel too guilty about that.

So this is the salad that I have been chowing down on for weeks. I am in the zone. It all started when I chanced upon this year’s bounteous crop of radicchio and sorrel at the farmer’s market. I am an absolute sucker for the bitterness of radicchio and the lemon twang of sorrel, they both make salads so interesting. It’s such a shame that the supermarkets don’t stock more salad leaves individually so unless we are able to get to a good farmer’s market or grocers we are subject to a boring mix of floppy bland leaves whose fate will only ever be to wither and die in a corner of our fridges.

Spiced Roast Squash and Goats Cheese Salad

I think the reason this salad has worked so well for me these past few weeks is that it is so quick to put together, an absolute must since I rarely have more than ten minutes to make lunch and shovel it in whilst my eight-month old is amusing himself for a few moments smushing up his own lunch in his little fist and smearing it all over his face.

Since weaning Cole I have made it a thing to have several tubs of pre-roasted vegetables in my fridge so I can feed him quickly and efficiently but this has also proved invaluable for getting me back on track to a relatively balanced diet. As he’s eating breakfast or having a rare moment of independent play I will happily peel, de-seed, chop and roast a butternut squash or slam some quartered aubergines or courgettes in the oven. Preparing butternut squashes is one of my kitchen peeves but it doesn’t seem so bad if you are not doing it at the beginning of the long road to dinner.

I don’t know why I never thought to run my kitchen in such an organised fashion before, it has made tossing a lunch or dinner together so easy. I initially roast the veg without any salt (we’re in baby country now) or flavouring and then if I’m preparing my own dinner I can give them a 10 minute blast in the oven with all the spices and seasoning in the world and bob’s your bingo they are ready to go. I swear I think I have revolutionised meal prep in my kitchen forever more.

Spiced Roast Squash and Goats Cheese Salad

So all the leaves are torn, the goats cheese crumbled, the squash roasted with some shawarma spices, the heady sweet muscat grapes chopped and the pumpkin seeds are scattered so all that is left to do is the dressing.

Now, here’s where you’re going to feel a bit swizzed with this recipe since the key ingredient of my dressing is homemade blackberry vinegar – a really easy ingredient to source if you spend your late summers bottling vinegars, keeping them under the bed for the rest of the year. However, if you don’t do this then you really should. No, what I meant to say is that if you don’t do this then you might need to do a bit of a search in some specialist online food shops or beg a bottle off your local preserver. If there’s a WI near you, someone will be bottling their own fruit vinegars – guaranteed – and you needn’t be too fussy as any fruity vinegar will do in a pinch. The joy of them is that they imbue such a sweetly rounded flavour to the finished dressing so that all you really need to do is whisk in a bit of Dijon, some seasoning, garlic and then your olive oil.

Spiced Roast Squash and Goats Cheese Salad

The salad is absolutely lovely on its own and serves a good lunch for two, however if you wanted to use it as a side for a bit of grilled lamb or a roast chicken then you will be seriously pleased you did.

Spiced Roast Squash and Goats Cheese Salad

Spiced Roast Squash and Goats Cheese Salad combines sweetly caramelised roasted butternut squash, cream and cooling goats cheese with fruity muscat grapes with a garlicky blackberry vinaigrette
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: British
Keyword: roast squash and goat cheese salad, roast squash and goat cheese salad recipe
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 440kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

  • ½ small butternut squash peeled and cubed
  • ½ teaspoon shawarma spice blend
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 100 g goats cheese crumbled
  • large handful of radicchio roughly torn
  • small handful of sorrel roughly chopped
  • large handful of rocket
  • small handful muscat grapes halved
  • small handful of pumpkin seeds

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons blackberry vinegar or any other fruity vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ garlic clove crushed
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Toss the butternut squash pieces with the spices, olive oil and a bit of seasoning and roast in an oven pre-heated to 170°C for about 20-25 minutes. When ready remove from the oven and leave to cool to room temperature whilst you prepare the rest of the salad.
  • In a large salad bowl throw together the goats cheese, radicchio, sorrel, rocket and grapes and set aside whilst you prepare the dressing.
  • Whisk the blackberry vinegar with the mustard and plenty of salt and pepper until smooth then add the garlic clove.
  • Keep whisking the dressing then drizzle in the olive oil slowly until the dressing has completely emulsified.
  • Add the butternut squash to the rest of the salad and then pour the dressing over using a judicious hand.
  • Finally serve, scattering the pumpkin seeds over as you do.

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 251.4% | Vitamin C: 28.9% | Calcium: 12.4% | Iron: 10.9%

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For the shawarma seasoning blend I use Shawarma Seasoning. Middle East Spices. Their blends are fresh and flavourful and the shawarma spices work extremely well in this recipe.

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I wonder sometimes if my body is made up of mostly houmous. I eat it by the bucketload and there is usually more than one variety in my fridge just so I have a choice between smooth or course. I count myself very lucky that I live in Haringey where Turkish food is prolific, although that certainly doesn’t help my addiction. I read recently in the Guardian that more than 40% of Britons have a pot of houmous in the fridge and it is now seen as a grocery staple. So that makes me feel much better that I am not alone in my affliction.

It was whilst I was stuffing my face with houmous last night that I considered whether there may be an alternative. Dinner parties at home, Christmas morning, late night board games are always accompanied by a pot of houmous and it’s not that I’m getting bored of it. Never!!! But perhaps those around me might. So, keeping in mind the bunches of parties coming up, I am challenging myself to have a houmous free existence for the next few months so I have had to come up with some different options. After all, dips are still a necessity, aren’t they?

Avocado HoumousSo, at the end of an afternoon filled with chopping, whizzing, spicing and tasting I actually think I have cracked it. These dips are not only much more attractive than the rather dour chickpea beige but they are also sublimely moreish which is exactly what you want when trying to polish off a bag of kettle chips. Although technically one of the recipes isn’t mine and belongs to the divine Silvena Rowe and don’t worry that one contains tahini, lemon juice and garlic so it’s practically houmous anyway.
Butternut Squash DipThe butternut squash dip is made by roasting the lovely orange flesh with lots of spice which makes it deliciously rich. The chorizo is by no means essential, you can quite happily make a veggie version and you won’t be missing out at all. Or you could pair the butternut squash with some lamb chops to make a wonderful accompaniment as part of a main meal.

I will usually devour dips indefinitely with a packet of Clearspring’s sticky rice crackers assisting me in the task which I think you can get in most supermarkets now. They are a slightly healthier alternative to those kettle chips.

Butternut Squash with Chorizo Dip

60ml olive oil
1 x butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
Grated zest of ¼ orange
1 tbsp Fino or other dry sherry
Plenty of salt and pepper
2 x chorizo sausages, diced small

  1. In a large baking dish mix together all the ingredients, bar the chorizo, and place in an oven preheated to 180°C. Roast for 45mins – 1 hour, giving it a good turn over halfway through until the squash is soft. Remove from the oven.
  2. Pulse the butternut squash in a food processor until smooth.
  3. Place the chorizo in a small saucepan on a medium heat until it starts to crisp up.
  4. Serve the butternut squash dip with the chorizo piled on top.

Silvena Rowe’s Avocado and Sumac Whip

2 ripe avocados
Juice of 1 small lemon
3 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp tahini
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp sumac
3 garlic cloves, crushed
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

  1. Scrape the avocados from their skins and blend in a food processor with the lemon juice until smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until thick and smooth.
  3. Serve with the sesame seeds scattered on top.