Prep time: 15 mins + chilling time
Cook time: 40 mins
Serves: 6 as a side
This salad has spice influences from the Middle East. It looks simply stunning and backs up those good looks with an incredible flavour punch. It’s great any time of the year, but goes especially well on the Christmas table. Festive and friggin’ delicious!
2 tsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh
2 tsp dried marjoram
2 tsp ground sumac
½ tsp sea salt
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
3 beetroot (or already cooked Leaderbrand Beetroot)
2 cups Israeli couscous, cooked as directed
small bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
2 tbsp fresh chopped dill fronds
small bunch of fresh coriander
60 g walnuts, roughly chopped
salt and freshly ground black
pepper to taste
1½ tbsp za’atar (see above)
¼ cup olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
- Preheat the oven to 160ºC.
- Gently bash the za’atar ingredients together in your mortar and pestle. Store in an airtight container. Roast the whole beetroot for 40 minutes or until just soft. Remove and cool, then peel and cut into 2 cm dice. Set aside. (Or use the already prepared Leaderbrand beetroot)
- Place the chopped beetroot in a large bowl and toss with the couscous, breaking up any lumps with a fork.
- Add the herbs and walnuts and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Mix the za’atar with the olive oil and lemon juice, and add to the salad. Toss well. Place in the fridge for at least an hour or two to completely chill, and for the flavours to develop.
- Check the seasonings and serve garnished with a few more nuts and herbs.