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Crunchy Vegetable ‘Tabbouleh’ with Coconut Cream and Herb Dressing

by Amelia Freer from Cook. Nourish. Glow.

Crunchy Vegetable ‘Tabbouleh’ with Coconut Cream & Herb Dressing from Cook. Nourish. Glow. by Amelia Freer. This healthy recipe makes for the perfect dinner party starter or canapé. You could even do big bowls for a simple dinner. Nutritionally beneficial and quite delicious, this cheats tabbouleh is both easy and good for you.

Introduction

I’m not sure how this recipe came about. I think it was a mix of leftovers in my fridge, but somehow it just works. The creaminess of the coconut cream with the crunch of the vegetables and the sharpness of the pesto is really unusual, and a perfect starter to a dinner party.

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Ingredients

For the dressing:
1 x 400ml tin of coconut milk
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
1/2 bunch of fresh parsley
1/2 bunch of fresh basil
2 sprigs of fresh tarragon
2 sprigs of fresh mint
1 clove of garlic
1 lemon, juice
100ml extra virgin olive oil
For the ‘tabbouleh’:
6 spears of green asparagus, woody ends chopped off
3 spring onions, trimmed
1 cucumber (approx. 400g), skin on
1 bulb of fennel (approx. 175g)
1 little gem lettuce
1 carrot, peeled
1 lemon, juice
70g toasted pine nuts

Method

Drain off the liquid coconut milk and place the remaining solids in a large bowl. Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a saucepan over a gentle heat. Once cooled, add to the coconut milk solids along with the salt. Whip until creamy in texture.

Whizz the herbs, garlic and lemon juice together in a food processor. With the motor still running, gradually add the oil. Add this pesto to the coconut cream and stir through.

To make the ‘tabbouleh’, finely chop all the vegetables, then squeeze the lemon juice over the top. Mix in the dressing and serve in ramekins. Garnish with the toasted pine nuts.

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