Crispy Cauliflower with Tahini Yoghurt Sauce

This Cauliflower dish is a take on a classic Israeli and Lebanese recipe in Ottolenghi and Tammi’s book Jerusalam. I have twisted it up just a little to suit us and our friends, but I have to tell you that this is a favourite dish in our circle. I love it partly because it is very quick to make if you roast the cauliflower. Ottolenghi deep fries it (and that is delicious) but often time is a real factor in this household. So the cauliflower is roasted when we need awesome dishes in quick-sticks time. We can get on with other things while the roasting happens. I have to say, though, that deep frying gives the cauli beautiful crispy exteriors and cooks the interior just enough to be amazing.

Tahini features in creative ways in Israel, in both simple eateries and upmarket restaurants. For these types of dishes, grab good tahini from your Middle Eastern grocers – you won’t go back to the supermarket shelves, and they have a smoothness not available in the Greek brands. Choose a light-coloured tahini made from hulled sesame seeds.

The tahini sauce, thick and wonderfully rich, is the focal point of this dish. I use about 3/4 of Ottolenghi’s sauce with the cauliflower, and the rest is put to use as dips and salad dressings. This dish fits perfectly in any mezze selection, makes a great substantial meal when served with fresh tomato salad and a warm pitta, or is an excellent side for many meals.

Similar dishes include Roasted Cauliflower and White Bean Puree, Cauliflower Slow Cooked with Lemon and Spices, Green Tahini Sauce, White Beans with Tahini, and Tahina Tarator.

Browse all of our Cauliflower recipes, and dishes where tahini features. Our dips and sauces are here. Explore our Israeli dishes, all of our wonderful Salads, and check out or Early Spring collection of recipes.

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Green Beans with Freekeh, Walnuts and Tahini

Feekeh! No longer an ingredient that we need to travel across town to buy.  With several Afghan shops closeby in my new neighbourhood, those sorts of ingredients now go on the weekly shopping list. Oh, the joy!

This is an Ottolenghi dish from Plenty More, one of my fav of his books. Beans are cooked and mixed with walnuts, then drizzled with a minty-tahini dressing. The dressing is what ranch dressing would taste like if it spent a few months traipsing through the Middle East, so they say.

Yotham advises beans of the best quality for this dish. He also says that the walnuts can be omitted, but we are loving them so much this season, so they are definitely in. They provide a texture in this salad that is otherwise missing.

This is our first Freekeh recipe that we have posted, but there will be more. Check back here later to see what we post.

Actually we don’t have many Bean recipes either! That must be remedied. In the mean time, try Five Bean Glorious Salad, and Green Bean and Carrot Poriyal.

Browse all of our Green Bean recipes and all of our Freekeh dishes. Our Ottolenghi recipes are here. Or explore our Mid Winter collection of recipes.

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Green Tahini Sauce | Dip | Dressing | Spread

Tahini, aah, such a wondrous ingredient, made from sesame seeds and not understood or used enough in this country. One of its properties is that it thickens in the presence of acid, so you can add lemon juice to it to thicken it as well as flavour it, and gradually thin it with water or milk until you get to the right conistency (depending on what you are using it for).

This classic green sauce includes garlic and parsley as well, for a great dip, spread, sauce or dressing. It is Middle Eastern in flavours, so pair it with pita bread, falafel, herby salads, or any flatbread. It is great in salad sandwiches and wraps. Dress vegetable salads with it, pair it with some steamed beetroot. Dip crackers and crudites into it. Spread tiny toasts and top with chopped cucumber or chopped tomato and chilli. You are going to love it.

You might like to try some other Tahini recipes. We have Crushed Du Puy Lentils with Tahini and Cumin, Yoghurt Tahina Dip with Herbs or Tahina Tarator | Tahini Spread, Dip or Dressing.

Try these spreads too: Avocado Mash, and Broad Bean and Butter Bean Spread.

All of our recipes featuring Tahini are here. Feel free to browse our Middle Eastern recipes, or our Salad recipes. Or all of our easy Mid Summer Recipes.

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Fennel Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Oh this is the easiest of salads. Often we just slice fennel with a mandolin and serve with olive oil, a little lemon perhaps, and some sea salt. This is an easy variation.

Are you looking for Fennel Salad Recipes? Try Nashi Pear, Fennel and Celery Salad with a Mustard Dressing, Fennel Salad with Fresh Prunes, and Fennel and Apple Salad.

Or perhaps you are interested in cooked Fennel dishes? Try Grilled Fennel with mozzarella, Fennel a la Grecque, and Fennel on the BBQ.

You can browse all of our Fennel recipes, and all of our Salads too. Or explore our collection of Late Autumn dishes.

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Pomegranate Vinegar

The cheery colour of Pomegranate Vinegar brightens any Winter Salad Dressing

When pomegranates are plentiful in late autumn and early winter, I love to make pomegranate honey for the winter, pomegranate molasses and pomegranate vinegar. The vinegar is great in salad dressings or over roasted vegetables, and the colour is cheery in the midst of winter.

Are you after more Pomegranate recipes? Try Pomegranate Salsa, Tomato and Pomegranate Salad, Pomegranate Molasses, and Pomegranate and Banana Coconut Salad.

You might like to browse all of our Pomegranate recipes here. Check out a range of ways you can preserve in Autumn for Winter eating. Or enjoy our Early Winter recipes.

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Celery Yoghurt Salad

India knows the secrets of yoghurt used in dishes that are used as a salad might be used outside of India. Yoghurt is mixed with vegetables and spices and the dish accompanies the meal to add nutrition, cool the heat of spices and add a creamy texture to the meal.

Here we take the idea and create a Western salad with a yoghurt base. I am sure that you will enjoy it. The salad makes a great addition to BBQs.

It is quite a tart salad, and so goes well with dishes that look for something tart to cut through their flavours – fried dishes, perhaps. But most of all, I love it with a rice dish, a pulao for example. Or for a simple lunch, just with some hot rice mixed with ghee.

Are you looking for Yoghurt dishes? Try Beetroot with Yoghurt Tahini Dressing, Sweet and Sour Mango Yoghurt Curry, and How to Make Thick Thick Yoghurt.

Or perhaps you are after Celery dishes. Try Quick Pickled Celery with Chilli, Spicy Celery Salad, Simple Celery Salads, and Pear, Celery and Fennel Salad.

You can also browse all of our Yoghurt dishes, and all of our Celery dishes. All of our Salads are here. Or simply explore our Mid Autumn dishes.

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Quick Tomato Salad with Mustardy Mayo

Sometimes the mornings are rushed, but I still insist on my salad each day, at least until the winter arrives in full force. So I take what I can from the fridge, and some mayo that I made the night before (good thinking!) and a simple salad is born.

Eating a salad a day makes a difference to your life. Trust me.

Are you after other Tomato Salads? Try Marinated Zucchini and Tomato Salad, Tomato and Strawberry Salad,  Tomato and Basil Salad with Grilled Cheese Croutons, and Kachumber.

Or try some of our other Salads – Spicy Celery Salad, Green Salad with Chickpeas and Preserved Lemon, and Jicama, Red Radish and Green Mango Salad.

Why not browse all of our Tomato Salads, indeed explore all of our Salads. Or simple spend some time with out Mid Autumn Recipes.

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Beetroot with Yoghurt-Tahini Dressing and Za’atar

Beetroot is back on the menu, our earthy flavoured friend. In this salad, the beets are grated and mixed with a classic yoghurt and tahini dressing. To keep up the Middle Eastern theme, we add some za’atar.

This is a perfect Autumn Salad, although it does work really well in all other seasons. I love it in Autumn because we are moving from the cool blue colours of Summer into the oranges, golds, reds and crimsons of Autumn. It seems to fit well somehow.

If you are interested in other Beetroot Salads, try Beetroot, Orange and Olive Salad, Beetroot with Honey Dressing, Raw Beetroot and Herb Salad, and Warm Beetroot and Carrot Salad with Indian Spices.

Or try other Beetroot Recipes – Beetroot Risotto, Beetroot Fry and Beetroot Halwa.

Otherwise, have a look at all of our Beetroot Salads and all of our Salads. You can have a look at all of the other Beetroot recipes too. Or browse our Early Autumn dishes.

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Chickpea and Carrot Salad with a Curry Dressing

If you soak and cook some chickpeas and keep them in the freezer, you always have chickpeas for recipes that take your fancy. Or when you cook some, cook twice as many and then use them over the following week in salads, pasta sauces, bakes and other dishes.

Chickpeas are great in salads, and this is a simple, easy salad with celery and carrot – two ingredients usually in your fridge. The dressing has a bit of spice with the use of curry powder. I usually keep some Malay Curry Powder in the cupboards, for use in Malaysian dishes. If you don’t have a generic curry powder, use garam masala.

Have a look at some other Chickpea recipes: Glorious Five Bean Salad, Chickpea Tabbouleh, or Chickpea Sundal. You can also make Baked Chickpeas as a snack.

Are you looking for some Carrot Salads? Have a look at Mung Bean and Baked Carrot Salad, Carrot and Blueberry Salad, and Carrot Sambol.

If you are after all Carrot recipes, look here, here for all Celery recipes, and here for all Chickpea recipes.

All of our various Salads are available here, or simply explore our Mid Summer dishes.

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Mushroom and Carrot Salad with Mung Sprouts and Ginger Vinaigrette

A modern mushroom salad

Summer is a delightful season for salads, and we should not resist playing with herbs and vegetables and fruits to create exciting combinations and exquisite dressings. This recipe is a salad that brings contrasting textures and a super vinaigrette. It is a Mushroom-Carrot Salad that exhibits gingery overtones via the perfect dressing

Similar Mushroom recipes include Mushrooms a la Grecque, Caramelised Oyster Mushrooms, Grilled Mushroom and Red Onion Salad, and Stuffed Mushrooms on the BBQ/Grill.

If you are looking for Carrot Recipes, try Mung Bean and Carrot Salad, Moroccan Salad, and Carrot Thoran.

Browse all of our Carrot recipes, all of our Mushroom recipes, and our Salad recipes. We have a collection of Bittman Salads here, our Mushroom Salads are here, and Carrot Salads here. Or be inspired by our Mid Summer recipes.

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Tao Hou Tod | Thai Deep Fried Fresh Beancurd with Sweet Nut Sauce

This is incredibly delicious. Even if you are not a tofu eater, this dish will convert you. Who could not love deep fried tofu with peanuts? The sauce is divine.

We have been making this since around 2002, so quite a while. It is a Thai style dish, simple in its construction and flavours, but that very simplicity gives it a punchy flavour. It is a perfect light lunch with a salad, or a mid afternoon snack when dinner is still a long way off.

The act of deep frying the tofu changes the nature of it, from something bland and lacking much texture, to a beautiful textural addition to other dishes or on it own.

You might also like our Tofu recipes here and here. Our Deep Fried Tofu recipes are here. Or you might like to browse SE Asian recipes here and here. Check out our easy Spring recipes here and here. Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series – beautiful vegetarian recipes  from our first blog 1995 – 2005.

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Beets in a Herb Dressing

Beautiful Beetroot, roasted, and dressed with herbs

Beetroot is a great vegetable, and baby beets are sweet and tender. This recipe treats them minimally. You can use baby beets or larger, medium sized ones.

The inspiration for this dish came from Turquoise by Greg Malouf. I recommend this cookbook of Turkish recipes. It is beautiful.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Raw Beetroot and Herb Salad, Beetroot and Goat Cheese Salad with RocketBeetroot, Orange and Olive Salad, and Beetroot with Honey Dressing.

Feel free to browse other recipes from Turquoise.  You might also like our Beetroot recipes. Or you might like to browse Salad recipes too. Check out our easy Mid Spring recipes here.

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Wombok and Radish Salad with Peanut Dressing | Nappa Cabbage Salad

Easy to make, delicious in taste and healthy as well.

You can’t help but look at this colourful salad and think of roughage, with all that cabbage and crunchy radish. How healthy! This salad is a surprising combination that works extremely well, and a lovely spicy peanut dressing that has many uses beyond this salad.

Are you looking for Cabbage recipes? Try Chilli Cabbage, Simple Cabbage Thoran, and Kimchi.

Similar Radish recipes include Braised, Glazed RadishesGlazed 5-Spice Tofu Salad with Cucumbers and Radishes, and Spicy Radish Salad with Coconut Milk.

You can browse all of our Cabbage Recipes or our extensive collection of Salad recipes. Or you might like to explore our Mid Autumn recipes.

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Nashi Pear, Celery and Fennel Salad with Mustard Dressing and Panch Phoron Crunch

Fennel and Pears come into their own in Autumn.

Autumn brings such delightfulness in the month or two before winter sets in. Fennel comes into its own, and Nashi pears arrive. Tomatoes are delightful in the less intense heat. Fronds of mint wave in the breeze, as does lemon verbena and other herbs. I do love autumn.

This is a delightful salad that can be part of a meal, or form lunch on its own with a piece of Lebanese flatbread or pita bread.

Are you after other Fennel Salads? Try Fennel, Potato and Tomato Salad with Garlicky Mayo, Fennel and Apple Salad and Grilled Fennel with Mozzarella. Also try Fennel a la Grecque.

You might like to browse our other Salads, and all of our Fennel recipes. Read about Panch Phoron here. Or explore our Early Winter dishes.

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Fig Salad with Almond Butter Dressing and Slivered Almonds

Autumn means Figs

As I write it is a quiet Autumn morning – the first day of Autumn and it feels peaceful.

Figs come into their own at this time. So delicate, I only bring 3 or 4 home with me at a time, and we eat them one at a time. A delicate thing needs delicate treatment.

For this salad, you can make your own nut butter, or purchase from a good providore or grocer.

Are you looking for fig recipes? You might like to try Figs with Rosewater and AlmondsFig Salad with Blue Cheese, Fig and Pecorino Salad, and Fig and Almond Salad.

Browse all of the Fig recipes here. Find out how to make Nut Butters here. Or explore our Mid Autumn recipes.

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