This is just one of those delicious salad recipes that I think you’ll end up making time and time again. I served it with slices of roast lamb marinated in olive oil, lemon, garlic and rosemary for Easter, but it would work equally well with anything cooked on a BBQ like kebabs or chicken or even as a stand-alone vegetarian dish. It’s also low-carb. You can mix up the ingredients if you don’t have everything you need in your ‘lockdown larder’ as long as you keep to the balance of the hot (harissa/chilli), sour (lemon/vinegar) and fresh (coriander, mint, parsley) components.
- 4 carrots, peeled
- 4 spring onions, finely chopped (you could use red onion as an alternative)
- 1 fresh green chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
- 1 handful of chopped fresh coriander, mint or flat-leaf parsley
- 400g can of chickpeas, drained or 400g of dried chickpeas soaked overnight and cooked according to the instructions on the pack
- 2 tablespoons of mixed nuts/seeds – I used pine nuts, salted peanuts and pumpkin seeds
- Dressing: 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice or red wine vinegar, 1/2 tsp each of ground cumin, coriander, salt and black pepper, 1/4 tsp chilli powder, 2 tsp rose harissa paste, 2 tsp pomegranate molasses or honey, 2 tbsps of extra-virgin olive oil.
- Prepare all the fresh components first and then add them to a large mixing/salad bowl. Chop the spring onion, coriander and chilli, peel the carrots and cut into fine batons by hand, in a food processor or using a julienne peeler. Grated carrot is too fine a texture really, you need crunch.
- Add the drained chickpeas, nuts and seeds and mix together.
- Make the dressing in a separate bowl with the ingredients listed above and combine it with a little whisk or a fork.
- Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss thoroughly. Taste a spoonful and check for seasoning. Add a little extra ‘sour’ i.e. lemon or vinegar, salt or heat i.e. chilli powder to taste should it require it.
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