The Tastiest Meatless Lunch – Roasted Butternut Salad with Lentils, Mushrooms, Feta and Rocket

the tastiest meatless lunch

Today I am SO excited to give you guys another butterut recipe! And if I’m being 100% honest, this baby over here is definitely one of thee BEST and tastiest meatless lunches I’ve had in ages.

As a food blogger – I am a little biased towards butternut because it is my absolute FAVOURITE vegetable!

  1. It is LOW IN CALORIES because of its high-water content.
  2. It is high in nutrients, especially in Vitamin A
  3. It is extremely photogenic
  4. And let’s not forget – it is absolutely delicious!

I’m pretty sure I could think of many more reasons why I love butternut squash – but those are the ones that are most important to me ?

But let’s not forget about the lentils either, they are SUPER good for you:

  1. Lentils are a great source of plant protein
  2. They are wonderful for your digestive health
  3. They stabilise blood-sugar levels due to fibre content
  4. They can lower cholesterol
  5. They are LOW in FAT!

Don’t think I can think of any better combination for this salad!

Now back to our Tastiest Meatless Lunch…

This one is so quick and easy! Since the only real time-consumer is roasting the butternut, I would suggest cutting it in smaller cubes to reduce cooking time (for those days you’re REALLY in a rush). Making good, wholesome food does NOT have to take a long time. And unfortunately, I have ZERO sympathy for people who say they don’t have time to cook.

Back in varsity, I stayed in a ladies residence. My classes were pretty hectic; solid 8-5 compulsory classes and then STUDY STUDY STUDY afterwards. Sometimes I don’t know how I survived it. That life was hectic! (I won’t mention the frequent jolling till 4 o’ clock in the morning though haha!)

Point is – I had one tiny little communal hotplate and microwave to cook with, less than ZERO time, and still managed to cook healthy meals for myself everyday. I won’t lie, it was a challenge! But if eating healthy and not piling your stomach full of toxic garbage is a priority – you can definitely make it work ? All it takes is a little dedication at first, and after that it become a habit.


the tastiest meatless lunch


The Tastiest Meatless Lunch Recipe


As I said earlier, the most time consuming part of this delectable salad is cooking the butternut. Cut it into tiny cubes to reduce cook-time, but try not to UNDERCOOK it. You want it nice and caramelized ?

While the butternut cooks in the oven, fry up some mushrooms, measure out half a cup of lentils plus half a round of feta – then simply toss everything together (plus some fresh rocket leaves) when the butternut is done ?

How easy?

And NO MEAT yay! Your next Meatless Monday SORTED ?


the tastiest meatless lunch


The Tastiest Meatless Lunch – Roasted Butternut Salad with Lentils, Mushrooms, Feta and Rocket
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1
  • Calories: 340
  • Fat: 7.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 61.5g
  • Sugar: 11.6g
  • Sodium: 721.1mg
  • Fiber: 20.5g
  • Protein: 15.8g
  • Cholesterol: 24.9mg
Recipe type: Lunch
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
A delicious meat-free lunch option that is easy and incredibly fulfilling.
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 120g brown mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup tinned lentils, drained
  • ½ round feta (30g)
  • fresh rocket leaves
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Place the butternut onto a baking tray, season and drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Place into the oven for 30 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, sauté the mushrooms in a pan until cooked (and not watery).
  5. When the butternut is done, add to a bed of fresh rocket leaves with the mushrooms, feta and lentils.


the tastiest meatless lunch


Hmmm…methinks your salad is lacking something…




For this absolutely delectable salad (and yes you definitely MUST try it!!) – pair with a nice crisp white wine. It is after all so hot these days, and to be honest RIGHT NOW I can’t think of anything better than a super light (yet deeply satisfying) dinner with a glass of COLD crisp white wine 🙂 Absolute heaven!

You can buy the HPF Kaalvoet Meisie online here at 110 ZAR.


For another FANTASTIC meatless lunch option, try my veggie burgers here.

tastiest meatless lunch

You may also like

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe:  

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.