Sharing: awesome salad recipe

Photographed from a 2008 Cuisine magazine

I had absolutely no idea what I should write about today. Then I read Joss Burnel‘s thoughts on walking together – that in blogging we share a portion of life’s journey with one another.

Sharing – yes, I like that. We certainly are.

I had an email from my son who’s spending a few months in the deep south, Dunedin. He asked if I could email him the recipe for one of his favorite salads. After typing it out, the ‘aha’ moment struck. I should share this recipe with you. It’s so so good … it’s crunchy, spicy and totally delicious.

I hope this is enough to tempt you to try it. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

Sharing a meal with loved ones enhances the whole experience.

Chickpea, beetroot and nut salad

For the salad mix:
¾ cup dried chickpeas, soaked then cooked until tender with ½ teaspoon of turmeric (or replace with 2 cups canned chickpeas)
1 medium beetroot, cut into matchsticks, rinsed and then set aside to dry off
1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
4 spring onions, sliced
2 sticks celery, diced
1 thumb fresh ginger, very thinly sliced
½ cup coarsely chopped parsley
1 cup coriander leaves

Toss together all ingredients, setting aside half the coriander leaves for garnish.

For the nut mix:
2 cups mixture of peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds
2 tbsps brown sugar
½ teaspoon each salt, cumin and coriander powder
¼ teaspoon chilli powder
25g chilled butter

Bake the nuts and seeds for 5 minutes at 180C then sprinkle with a mixture of the sugar, salt and spices. Grate the butter over. Bake for 10 minutes more, stirring often. Set aside to cool.

For the dressing:
3 tbsps balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon brown sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup olive oil

Mix all the ingredients together well. Toss the vinaigrette and 2/3 of the nut mixture with the salad mix.

Garnish with the remaining nuts and coriander leaves.

Serves 8-10.


2 thoughts on “Sharing: awesome salad recipe

  1. Joss

    wow, this sounds delicious. Two of my favourite things, chick peas and beets are in here. Definitely trying this. And thanks so much for the mention!
    walk in beauty.


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