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Warm Winter Salad

Very colourful roasted root salad with a tangy pomegranate dressing and decorated with pink pomegranate pearls.

Warm Winter Salad

Serves: 4 

Dietary: Vegan, Gluten Free


  • 2 tbsps olive oil 
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into large bite, sized slices 
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut in chunks, smaller than the squash 
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into same size as carrots 
  • 1/2 whole garlic bulb, the cloves peeled and left whole 
  • 6 shallots, peeled and sliced in halves
  • 1 medium beetroot, peeled and cut into small cubes 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • 1 pomegranate 
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate syrup 
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • baby spinach leaves


Pre-heat the oven to 200C/Gas6. 

To make the dressing:

  1. Cut the pomegranate in half and over a bowl ease out the pink seeds, discarding the white pithy bits, which are bitter.
  2. Mix the pomegranate seeds and juice with the olive oil, pomegranate syrup and balsamic vinegar and season to taste. 

To make the salad:

  1. Combine the squash mix in a large roasting dish with the olive oil and roast in the pre-heated oven for approximately 25 minutes, turning gently once or twice, until the squash is just soft. 
  2. Place the beetroot in another roasting dish and stir in the olive oil. Roast for 25 minutes.
  3. Wash the baby spinach leaves.
  4. To serve, pile the baby spinach leaves onto a serving dish or individual plates, top with the roasted vegetables, and drizzle over the pomegranate dressing.


  • You will need 2 roasting dishes. You need to roast the beetroot separately from the squash as otherwise it will colour the squash pink, unless you are not fussed...or think pink salads are fun!
  • Pomegranate syrup or molasses is made from concentrated juice and is sweet and fruity with a sour undertone. Available from Lebanese or middle-eastern stores.

Monica's Winter Salad