Squash, Parmesan and Apple Salad


By Melissa Hemsley
This Squash, Parmesan and Apple Salad with Honey Apple Thyme Dressing is perfect when craving a wholesome Spring salad.

Prep & cook time: 50 mins
Feeds: 4 people


Spring Salad

1 medium squash
2 small heads of lettuce or salad leaves
1 red onion, very finely sliced
1 medium apple or pear, finely sliced
handful parsley / tarragon, chopped
Big handful shaved or grated parmesan or a British hard cheese
Big handful pine nuts or any nuts or seeds (save the squash seeds)

Honey Apple Thyme Dressing

8 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp Willy’s Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp mustard
2 tsp raw honey
Leaves from thyme sprig or 1/2 tsp dried thyme, or use rosemary or sage, or a mix
Sea salt & pepper


  1. Roast the squash (unpeeled) in hearty chunks, tossed in ghee/ butter / oil and sea salt & pepper for 45 minutes at about 220C until golden at the edges and tender.
  2. Meanwhile, shake the dressing ingredients together in a jam jar and season to taste.
  3. Toast the pine nuts until golden in a frying pan or another tray in the oven for a few minutes, keep an eye on them.
  4. Once the squash is ready, let it cool for 5 minutes then toss everything together on a serving plate with the dressing and top with the golden pinenuts. I used @zaytoun_cic olive oil , honey @blackbeehoneycompany , apple cider vinegar @willysacv @riverford veg @cornishsea_salt and herbs from my veg patch (which is looking at bit sad at the moment)

“This Squash, Parmesan and Apple Salad with Honey Apple Thyme Dressing is something I’ve been craving in amongst a sea of Spring soups. Sometimes a bit of crunch is just what’s needed plus I had lots of apples from my neighbour that needed using up! Don’t worry about peeling the squash, minimise your food waste by just giving it a scrub. Feel free to swap the squash for carrots, beetroot, potatoes or sweet potatoes (or whatever you’ve already got to hand), it’s fab with courgettes when in season.

Melissa Hemsley

This recipe was created by Melissa Hemsley who has kindly allowed us to share it on our Willy’s Wellness website. Both the recipe and photography are credited to her. View the original Melissa Hemsley Squash Apple Parmesan Salad recipe here.