This is a great side dish or summer salad with Middle Eastern flavours. It works really well with any BBQ meats or vegetables. It’s a healthy take on a side dish, developed by our Fit Food chef Jan Cron.
Ingredients – Serves 4
- 2 1/2 cups pumpkin, ideally Hokkaido (290g)
- 1 tsp paprika
- florets from 1 medium cauliflower (420g)
- 40 g black olives
- 80 g feta cheese
- 50 g sun blushed or sundried tomatoes
- 2 small red peppers (180 g)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (30 ml)
- small bunch of each fresh parsley, mint and coriander (12g)
- 1/4 cup pistachios (31g)
- 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 2 lemon juice and zest
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (45 ml)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice (30 ml)
- 1/8 tsp apple cider vinegar; salt and pepper to taste
- 1 Preheat the oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F (fan assisted). Peel the pumpkin and cut into small cubes about 1 cm in diameter. Place on a baking tray and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt.
- 2. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes until soft and golden. Turn half way for even cooking.
- 3. Remove the stalk and seeds from the peppers. Chop into 1 cm (1/2 inch) cubes. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. After the pumpkin has been in the oven for 10 minutes add the peppers to the tray (or use a separate tray) and cook for a further 20 minutes. (The pumpkin takes 30 minutes in total and the peppers 20 minutes).
- 4. Meanwhile, remove the leaves and stalk from the cauliflower. Blitz the florets in a high speed food processor until it resembles a rice consistent. Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan and fry for 3 minutes until cooked.
- 5. Place the pistachios on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 6 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- 6. Prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients together in a cup or shake in a jam jar.
- 7. Finely chop the parsley, mint and coriander. Mix the cauliflower rice, roasted pumpkin, peppers, olives, pistachios, herbs, sun blushed or sun dried tomatoes and feta together in a bowl.
- 8. Fold through the dressing and serve. The tabbouleh will keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Jan Cron – Kitchen Maverick
Has spent a lifetime learning the best cooking techniques and perfecting flavours, if 70% of being healthy is what you eat and 30% exercise then we need to concentrate on getting the best balance of tasty food into our bodies. He’s gone back to school to learn about nutrition, to research relevant, irrelevant and utterly absurd diets, so you don’t have to.