Sumac is made from dried berries and has a citrusy tartness that works well to give this salad a zing and pairs well with the aubergine and butternut squash to give an authentic middle eastern flavour.
Using quinoa to provide a complete plant-based protein it makes a great alternative to pasta salad at a BBQ or the perfect side to any meal.
400g aubergine diced
200g butternut squash peeled and diced
2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
2 tsp sumac
¼ tsp Himalayan salt
¼ tsp black pepper
200g uncooked quinoa
500ml boiling vegetable stock
4 spring onions, finely sliced
28g bunch parsley, finely chopped
28g bunch mint, stalks removed and leaves finely chopped
30g flaked almonds
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp sumac
¼ tsp ground ginger
100ml avocado or olive oil
- Heat the oven to 200⁰C and line 2 baking trays with foil.
- Dice the aubergine, then peel and dice the butternut squash and place in separate bowls.
- Mix the oil, sumac, salt and pepper in a small jug and pour half over the aubergine and half over the butternut squash and toss to coat before spreading onto separate baking trays.
- Roast in oven for 20-30 mins until tender but not over cooked. The aubergine will not take as long as the squash. Once cooked set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile add the quinoa and the vegetable stock to a saucepan and bring to the boil, cover and simmer on a low heat for 10-12 mins until the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is cooked. Remove from the heat and spread out onto a baking sheet to cool to ensure it does not overcook.
- Chop the herbs and spring onion and set aside.
- Toast the almonds in a dry frying pan for a couple of minutes and set aside.
- Make the dressing by whisking the lemon juice, sumac, ginger and oil in a small jug.
- Bring the tabbouleh together by adding the cooled quinoa and vegetables to a large bowl and gently mix.
- Stir in the herbs, spring onions, and flaked almonds before adding the dressing and mixing well to combine.
- Garnish with more herbs and flaked almonds.
- Serve with bean burgers and relish or as a side to meat skewers or grilled fish.