Roasted Pumpkin and Pecan Salad

Healthy Low Carb Salad Recipe| WLS| Gastric sleeve recovery


A tasty and colourful seasonal dish, perfect for the carb conscious. The sweetness of the roasted pumpkin combined with salty feta and crunchy pecans makes for an impressive vegetarian lunch or side salad at dinner time.

Here's what you'll need:

For the salad -

  • 280g kale, stems removed, leaves chopped
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 40g goat cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup (30g) dried cranberries

For the pumpkin -

  • 680g pumpkin, cubed
  • 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the pecans -

  • 1 cup (125g) pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup (40g) pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

For the dressing -

  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. Place the kale into a large bowl and massage the olive oil and salt into the leaves for 3-4 minutes, then set aside.
  3. Place the pumpkin onto one of the baking sheets and drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss until evenly coated. Place the baking sheet into the hot oven and roast for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Place the pecans and pumpkin seeds in a medium bowl, drizzle with honey, season with salt, then toss until evenly coated and spread out evenly onto the second baking sheet. Roast in the hot oven for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Make the dressing by adding all of the dressing ingredients together into a bowl or jar. Mix well to combine.
  6. To make the salad, add the goat’s cheese, cranberries, kale, toasted seeds and nuts, and pumpkin into a large salad bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss to combine and serve immediately.


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