Thursday, November 18, 2010

Warm Butternut and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

Thank you to shareholder Jean Marie for recommending the following recipe from Smitten Kitchen Blog (

Warm Butternut and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing
Serves 4

For salad:
1 medium butternut squash (about 2 to 2½ pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1½-inch pieces
1 medium garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoons ground allspice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
¼ medium red onion, finely chopped
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

For tahini dressing:
1 medium garlic clove, finely minced with a pinch of salt
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons well-stirred tahini
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the butternut squash, garlic, allspice, olive oil, and a few pinches of salt. Toss the squash pieces until evenly coated. Roast them on a baking sheet for 25 minutes, or until soft. Remove from the oven and cool.
2. Meanwhile, make the tahini dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic and lemon juice. Add the tahini, and whisk to blend. Add the water and olive oil, whisk well, and taste for seasoning. The sauce should have plenty of nutty tahini flavor, but also a little kick of lemon. You will probably need to add more water to thin it out.
3. To assemble the salad, combine the squash, chickpeas, onion, and cilantro or parsley in a mixing bowl. Either add the tahini dressing to taste, and toss carefully, or serve the salad with the dressing on the side. Serve immediately.

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