Roast Cauliflower + Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing
When I first made this recipe, I lay in bed that night dreaming about how good it was. This salad is what dreams are made of...
I love a warm salad, perfect for autumn and winter.
Cauliflower is one of my favourite veggies and chickpeas are my kitchen staple, that I eat about 3 times a week. I know I should vary up the beans I use but chickpeas have been my go-to slow burning carb - high in fibre, protein, easy to use and super affordable.
I made this salad with the Harissa-baked Barramundi with Flaked Almonds. The recipes go so well together! Simply add the barramundi to the same pan as the chickpeas.
Roast Cauliflower + Chickpea salad with Tahini Dressing
Prep time 5 mins | Cooking time 30 mins | Serves 4
1 cauliflower head
3 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp za'atar*
2 tsp salt
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup dried currants
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
1/4 red onion
1 tin chickpeas, drained
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice from 1 lime or half a lemon (about 2 tbsp)
1 glove garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon sea salt
Dash of warm water (add until runny)
Preheat oven to 200c/390f. Chop cauliflower into florets, place on lined baking tray and sprinkle with half of the paprika, za’atar and salt (leaving the rest for the chickpeas). Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and place in oven for 30 minutes.
Place currants in bowl, add water and soak. Chop herbs. Slice red onion. Mix dressing.
Drain a tin of chickpeas, rinse well and place on lined baking tray. Sprinkle with remaining paprika, za’atar and salt. Add pumpkin seeds on top of chickpeas. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and place in oven for 15 minutes.
Before removing food from oven, turn oven to grill for 2-3 min. Watch that it doesn't burn.
Remove food from the oven. Drain the water from the currants. Combine ingredients in a large serving bowl and garnish with fresh herbs.
Don't have za'atar, a middle eastern spice? No problem. Try Moroccan spice if you want - or your favourite type of seasoning.
Add the chickpeas approx 15 minutes after the cauliflower so they will be ready at the same time.
I like to keep currants in my fridge. They add a yummy sweetness to salads. Soaking them removes from sugar and make them go plumper so they are more flavourful.
Mint would also be great in this recipe.