Oriental Aubergine Salad with Tahini & Pomegranate (V, GF)
Oh my oh me, look at these beautiful colours! Autumn-foods are supposed to be comforting and hearty, we all fell know as much. Personally, I love stews and soups but during the colder seasons, I also appreciate warm salads that are nutritious yet light. This aubergine dish fits into that description perfectly! Many people don’t seem to be as excited aboute this purple nightshade-fruit as I am and I intend to change that. To me, aubergines are buttery, creamy, scrumptiously delicious and belong in as many meals a possible! Are you ready? Let me convince you that you need this dish in your life:
life on sesame street is pretty healthy
Coming from Asia and East Africa, sesame seeds are derived from a plant called Sesamum indicum. Its compounds show a vast variety of vitamins, minerals and natural oils which are extremely beneficial for our physical and mental health. Though sesame seeds seem to be overlooked often when discussing a healthy balanced diet, they are so easy to incorporate in both savoury and sweet dishes! Even though they aren’t as popular as chia or flax seeds, they contain valuable nutrients including iron, zinc, copper, protein, vitamin E, thiamin, calcium, manganese and magnesium. Only good news about these sesame seeds, eh? Let’s go and whip up some precious tahini!
Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 25-30 min
Total Time: 35-40 min
For this recipe you will need:
1 red onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
salt & pepper
seeds of half a pomegranate
1 handfull fresh mint, chopped
1 handfull fresh parsely, chopped
for the tahini dip
2 tbsp tahini
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
- Dice the aubergine into cubes and combine with the red onion and garlic in a bowl. Add in the olive oil, sesame seeds, salt and pepper and roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
- In the meantime, prepare the tahini dip by combining all ingredients in a small bowl and stirring it until the consistency is smooth and creamy – two of my favourite words in the context of food!
- Once the aubergine is crunchy and cooked, stir in the mint, parsley and pomegranate seeds. Serve along with our beloved tahini dip and soak in the smell, the colour, the aroma – take your time to eat slowly and consciously. ♥