Salad Days – Part I of ….

I confess to not being a great fan of salads – too much limp lettuce and tasteless tomatoes as a child.  However, as we move from the more satisfying soup season into those sunny days where salads are de-rigeour I am challenging myself to make one new vegetarian salad a week.

This blog will be my attempt to keep this commitment (& perhaps some kind reader/s will supply me with a recipe or two – hint, hint).

I have gotten off to a good start this week with this very yummy salad.  I think it is the tahini dressing that makes it special.

salad in bowl

Moroccan chickpea, carrot & spinach salad

Moroccan chickpea, carrot & spinach salad

In a non stick fry pan heat for about 3 minutes

  • 1 tbs oil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, and
  • 400g can of chickpeas (drained & rinsed)

[this light frying  adds a nice toasty & nutty flavour to the salad]

Heat in microwave for 1 minute

  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Drain currants and use the juice for mixing/stirring with

  • 1/4 cup tahini

[This is the yummy dressing]

In a big bowl put

  • chickpea mixture, currants, 2 grated carrots, handful of baby spinach leaves

Drizzle over tahini dressing, and top with

  • 2 tbs salad seeds (I used  1 tbs sunflower, & 1 tbs pumpkin)

Serves 4

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About julieinmelbourne

Live in Melbourne born in Adelaide, and thus love Cooper's Pale Ale, Haigh's chocolates and a good Mclaren Vale shiraz. But am now also addicted to 'good' coffee, wearing black, and footy at the MCG
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