Tahini chopped salad with quinoa and beluga lentils

Tahini chopped salad with quinoa and beluga lentils

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This post is coming to you from my borrowed desk at my best friend Naomi's house. We both realised some new walls to write from would be good- so I've got a new (temporary) desk south of the Thames. It's great what a change in scenery can do to your work outlook. Yes, there's been a few Jimmy Fallon video sessions, not gonna lie, but it is nice to write from somewhere new!

With working-in-home in mind, this chopped salad is great for making when there's a run of work-from-home days. Leave the dressing separate from the salad in the fridge and it should last for around three days. 

I adapted this recipe from Dolly and Oatmeal... who originally adapted it from an Ottolenghi's Jerusalem, so as with the best recipes, it's done the rounds. I decided to simplify the flavours a little because to me, tahini, lemon juice, mint, pine nuts and tomatoes are already quite competitive! But just add whatever you think would taste best.

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Makes enough for 4

Ingredients

Handful of chopped salad leaves

Handful of green beans, cut in half

Handful of heirloom or baby tomatoes (any tomatoes you can find will work fine, I just like the different colours of the more unusual varieties).

Handful of cucumber, chopped

2-3 tbsp dry-toasted pine nuts, roughly chopped

2 teaspoons chopped mint leaves

Salt and pepper

Paprika to taste

2 cups cooked quinoa  

1 cup cooked beluga or puy lentils  

 

For the dressing: 

1/3 cup tahini paste

1/4 cup water

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 small garlic clove, crushed

Salt and pepper to taste

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Combine all the salad ingredients in a bowl. For the dressing, mix together the tahini, water, lemon juice and garlic in a separate bowl, then season to taste. 

Plate up, sprinkle with a little more paprika, salt and pepper, then pour over the tahini dressing so all the salad components are flavoured with it- it's a strong flavour so you won't need all the dressing in one go, so just grab a fork and tuck in. 

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