Easy Roasted Chestnut, Pumpkin and Ricotta Salad

Easy Roasted Chestnut, Pumpkin and Ricotta Salad


  • 300g fresh chestnuts (or equivalent frozen, peeled fresh)
  • 500g Queensland Blue pumpkin or similar
  • ½ cup fresh sage leaves
  • 3 tbls extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbls roasted sesame seed
  • 150g fresh ricotta
  • Salt and pepper


Score chestnuts and place in boiling water for 5 minutes till tender. Peel to remove both skin and fine inner pellicle as soon as they’re cool enough to handle. They’ll peel better warm.

Peel and deseed pumpkin and cut into 2cm cubes. Place in a baking dish with peeled chestnuts and sage, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in a preheated 180C oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Slice each chestnut into 5-6 slices. Plate by stacking cubes of pumpkin in a pile on each plate, spoon ricotta around and scatter the sliced chestnuts on top. Use the sage leaves as garnish and any pan juices over the top as dressing. Finish by sprinkling sesame seeds over.

Prep Time

15 mins

Cooking Time

40 mins


Serves 6 as a first course